This is partly because of Amazon entering the market and now Apple as well but also because the process is becoming simpler and the operation more vertically integrated. The first book I did by paying for 1, copies to be printed in the traditional way because it was only a little bit more expensive than printing In practice, there have been problems — not least ludicrously high postage costs sometimes more than the cost of the book delays of weeks before delivery and issues about payments which readers have told me about.
Amazon has bought Createspace and Lulu has purchased We Reada social book club with a presence on Facebook and other social sites with a claimed 3 million readers. The question this week is whether, once again, Apple will change the game by providing an easy way to publish and generate a conversation.
Fortunately, there are lots of other options — of which more later — for budding authors. Which self-publishing site to choose?
I know a lot people who are self-publishing a record of their own lives together with memories of their parents and grandparents as a bit of family history. It is easy to use — if you stick to the easy templates — and you can easily import photos directly from Flickr other photo sites.
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In principle, it is a breath of fresh air being an open source site that claims to put the interests of authors above all else unlike the increasingly proprietary Amazon. Self-publishing is ideal for that.
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There is still a vast market out there for the taking. My new book I hope to publish on Lulu and an iPhone app, if I can find a decent one. Share via Email The web is making self-publisihing easier. For years I have written poems as a relaxing pastime — rather like other people collect stamps.
Others publish their blogs or photo albums. The point about all this is that new technology offers new and cheap ways both to publish and promote your books and we are only at the start of the learning curve. They seem to be through these problems, however, and now print in the UK so delivery takes days rather than weeks and postage is down to more reasonable levels.
This could help it towards reaching the nirvana of self-publishing: The proof of my latest book arrived while writing this column, five days after pressing the final button.
There has been a lot of change recently. What you get out of them is subject only to the limits of your imagination.
Anything over 1, copies and you would be better off going to a traditional printer to take advantage of economies of scale. If you use their template, publishing is remarkably easy — you upload your manuscript in PDF form, drag photos across for the front and back covers.
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