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Self-Published eBooks. Gaining Popularity and Credibility. Self-Published Print Books. Print self-publishing has been fairly popular. Xlibris , Create Space, iUniverse . Self-published print books are expensive. This is true for the author, retailer, and consumer.

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self published ebooks

Self-Published eBooks

Gaining Popularity and Credibility

self published print books
Self-Published Print Books
  • Print self-publishing has been fairly popular.
    • Xlibris, Create Space, iUniverse.
  • Self-published print books are expensive.
    • This is true for the author, retailer, and consumer.
    • Brick and mortar stores usually unwilling to sacrifice retail space on self-published books.
    • High costs prevented print self-publishing from gaining widespread popularity among readers.
  • Lose money and sell poorly.
    • Books that do sell well may only break even or gain popularity on a local level.
    • Self-published print books are usually just as expensive as a book written by an established author.
print books business model
Print Books Business Model
  • Print on demand
    • Books are sold from a web site directly to consumers.
    • Little to upfront cost to authors, but books are still costly for consumers.
  • Limited Run
    • A specified number of books are printed for the author.
    • Can cost the author multiple thousands of dollars.
    • Books are costly for consumers.
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Self-Published eBooks
  • eBooks can be created for little or no cost.
    • Usually can be created for free using free software.
  • Can be sold on most popular ebook web sites with no upfront cost to the author.
    • Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook Store, Apple iBookstore,
  • Extremely inexpensive.
    • Many times self-published ebooks sell for $0.99 - $9.99.
    • Low cost makes readers more likely to choose a self-published book over one written by an established author.
ebook business model
eBook Business Model
  • Profits typically split 70/30.
    • Author typically keeps 70% of sale price.
    • Retailer typically keeps 30% of sale price.
    • Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Apple use some variation of this arrangement.
  • Highly Profitable for Authors
    • Authors can make more money from a self published ebook than by going through a traditional publisher.
self publishing explosion
Self-Publishing Explosion
  • 29,000 self-published books in 2004
  • 2,700,000 self-published books in 2010.
    • 2010 was the first year that the total number of self-published books was greater than the total number of traditionally published books.
  • Some self-published titles have been so popular that publishing companies have bought the rights to sell the books in print.
    • Fifty Shades of Grey
    • J.A. Konrath
advantages of self published ebooks
Advantages of Self-Published eBooks
  • Very Little to No Risk
    • No initial cost for author.
    • No lost inventory space for retailers who carry self-published.
    • Inexpensive or free for consumers.
  • Higher Profit Margins for Authors
    • In the Garden of Beasts
    • J.K Rowling
  • Viral eBooks
    • Fifty Shades of Grey series
      • Started as a self published ebook.
    • Mill River Recluse
      • $0.99 ebook spent 16 weeks on USA Today best-seller list.
    • Amanda Hocking
      • Self-published paranormal romance author who has sold one million ebooks and earned two million dollars from sales.
disadvantages of self published ebooks
Disadvantages of Self-Published eBooks
  • No marketing.
    • One of the major costs associated with traditional publishing is advertising.
  • Increased competition.
    • Millions of potential competing ebooks on the market.
ibooks author
iBooks Author
  • Free
  • Useful for creating visual ebooks
    • Cookbooks
    • Textbooks
    • Picture books
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iBooks Author
  • Emphasis on interactive components
    • Image galleries
    • Interactive 3D renderings
    • Imbedded video
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iBooks Author
  • Other Considerations
    • Only available for Macs
    • Can not use iBooks Author to make ebooks for sale in other stores.