Low Cost eBook Self-Publishing for Apple iBookstore

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek on April 15, 2010

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Low cost eBook self-publishing for the common man or woman – enter Smashwords. That’s right! Smashwords has signed a distribution deal with Apple to place their eBooks in the iBookstore for the iPad. This opportunity will be another step toward breaking down the barriers for independent authors to sell their books worldwide and actually make a sizable profit doing so. In fact, I think this will be akin to the success that Apple had in allowing outside developers to develop applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and now the iPad with its App Store, except it will open up the market for Indie authors and that’s BIG!

Smashwords recently announced that authors who place their books in the iBookstore will receive 85% of the net sales or 70.5% from affiliate sales. That’s right, I said 85%! What kind of book publishing company will offer you that kind of deal these days? Not any that I have dealt with. Besides that, with a publisher you’ll have to go through all the hoopla trying to get a book publisher to actually pick up your book. This approach of self-publishing could be especially useful for educators, who may wish to publish an eBook for their students to have easy and inexpensive access to without the chore of having it printed out in packets through the campus bookstore.

The process for publishing with Smashwords is very simple. Authors can electronically submit their ebooks to Smashwords as a Microsoft Word document, set the price, and decide where the book should be published. The books can be priced as low as 99 cents and must follow Apple’s pricing rules of ending in 99 cents (i.e., $10.99, $12.99, etc.), but the author can set the price at whatever price they desire. One caveat: if the book has a printed counterpart, the eBook must be priced lower than the printed version. Smashwords will also add the International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) to the titles, which Apple will require for all titles that are available through the iBookstore.

Simple e-publishing… this might just change the publishing game for good! We can only hope!

~ Dr. Luanne Fose (The Tweed Geek)

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