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ePublishing

Whether itís your book, short story, poem, journal, blog, or podcast, the Internet is the place where you can distribute it to others.

How to publish a Kindle book with Amazon.com : everything you need to know explained simply
by Cynthia Reeser.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2011.
In this how-to guide for authors, Reeser, editor of a literary journal, explains all aspects of electronic publishing, from generating ideas to obtaining an ISBN and getting paid by Amazon. The book begins with an overview of the history of electronic publishing and digital books and a description of Amazon's Kindle electronic reader and its features, then explains step-by-step how to create and publish Kindle e-books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines using Amazon's digital text platform. Other areas covered include marketing and promotion, copyright, security issues, self-employment taxes, and accounting. A final chapter recommends ways to stay abreast of changes in the industry with social media tools and online forums. Appendices offer a list of links to online Kindle resources, a list of websites and blogs related to digital publishing, a primer on HTML, and a sample review slip, review query, and press release. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Fool's gold : why the Internet is no substitute for a library
Mark Y. Herring.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007.
This work skeptically explores the notion that the internet will soon obviate any need for traditional print-based academic libraries, and makes a case for the librarys staying power in the face of technological advancements.
     
The fine print of self-publishing : the contracts & services of 48 major self-publishing companies--analyzed, ranked & exposed
Mark Levine.
Minneapolis, MN : Bridgeway Books/Bascom Hill Pub. Group, c2006.
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing has been lauded by many experts as the Consumer Reports of the self-publishing industry. This book has helped thousands of authors choose the right self-publishing company and avoid the ones with unfair contracts or low-quality services.
     

You may or may not use any special software, but some electronic publishing (epublishing) websites provide you with what you need.

Putting your writing on the web can make it available to others, perhaps cheaper than using the traditional publishing route.  You avoid the printer, layout questions, retailer, minimum orders, storage, and more.

Some websites might provide a way to publish materials such as hardcover or paperback books, ebooks, and even CDs or DVDs.  Some sites even provide workshops teaching you what to do from setting up an online account to marketing your content.

With electronic publishing, the material can be made available in a limited or complete format and distributed for a fee or free.  Your ďpublicationĒ could include text, sound, video, and interactivity.

Types of ePublishing

Ebooks
Print-on-Demand
Digital Content
Electronic Ink
Email Publishing
Web Publishing

Epublishing overview

Epublished material may have a limited audience because of the competition in electronic formats. 

You might have smaller sales numbers because of the limited exposure.

Finally, ask questions about the publisher, the website, contracts, prices or fees, formats, marketing, and more.

If you consider yourself to be an author, you could become an electronic publisher or a web journalist and epublish your work.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff