Getting Started with E-Books

E-books are taking over! That’s a factl In 2010 and 2011, two-thirds of books sold were e-books; only about a one-third were published by regular publishers, and that includes paperbacks. Now, e-books can either bring you joy and a neat little bit of money. Or they can cause you to pull out your last five strands of hair. But you’re the boss here, and  it all depends on how much or how little care and precision you put into it.

I would never presume to tell you more than just a little about this new phenomenon. I’ll leave it up to you to Google it, make friends with your librarian, check out blogs on e-books and buy and read lots of pertinent information in books, articles, and the like.

I’m going to start off giving you the names of two online publishing houses you need to contact now. They have a world of excellent info to offer and they’re where you’ll be selling most or just about all of your writing. The first is www.amazon.com. The second is www.smashwords.com. The first, Amazon, you’re familiar with. Their Kindle has brought and bought e-books to life. Check in on them and study their prodigious free literature. Find out how to upload your books. (It ain’t easy, but it is possible). Google this, too, to find out where help is available to get you started.

Second is Smashwords, a smaller, but excellent online publishing company.  They both publish free and SW distributes to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Dielsel and such.  It takes longer to pay, but you can see why.  And you’ll be happy to know they’re both honest and reputable.    And both make provisons for some correspondence that takes a couple of days or so.  I only give you these two because they’re the best in the field.  Barnes and Noble also handles direct placement of e-books on their line, but I liked dealing with SW.

Best thing about all of them is that they’re free.  Of course, they deduct theirs, but they’re reasonable, and for my money, you can’t beat them!

That’s it for now because if you do this right, it will take a while.  And stay tuned for next time in about a month to six weeks when the estimable Shawn James, excellent writer, publisher and blogger tells you a lot about what he knows about this e-book thing.  Learn to surf the e-book wave and while you probably won’t get rich, you can have fun and earn money.

Bye until next time when I’ll see you here!

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