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Publishing through e-Books

E-publishing offers an alternative to the traditional printed book. You may consider e-publishing (i.e., producing an "e-book") either instead of or in addition to a printed book. Among the advantages:

  • No investment in inventory
  • No fees for typesetting or other set-up costs
  • No shipping costs (unless you offer POD that you mail out -- see below)
  • Ability to updated editions quickly and at virtually no cost

Online Books

One e-publishing method is to have the text of your book available through a website, for viewing on-line and/or for printing. In either case, the website has to collect payment before viewing, downloading or printing is allowed.

  • For customers buying the right to view on-line, you must be prepared to give them read-only access over a given period of time. You cannot expect them to read your book in just one sitting.
  • If you offer the ability to download or print the book, you risk spawning multiple unauthorized copies that earn you no revenue and which infringe on your copyright.
  • For read-only access, be aware that some buyers may give their passwords to others who will try to read without paying you separately.

Print on Demand

Another e-publishing method is print-on-demand (POD). In this model, you produce books and ship them only when requested by a buyer. The quality of the book may be less than that of a traditional printing run, but for books without pictures, it can be close enough to be satisfactory.

Unless you are technically very adept, it is probably advisable to seek help from experienced e-book publishers. In particular, see what measures they offer to guard against unauthorized and unpaid access to your work, as noted above.

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