This is the second part of an article detailing how to get your book published so that it is available both online and offline by using the various publishing platforms In the first part I detailed options such as Amazon’s Kindle, Createspace and Lulu.com. This article gives more information on publishing your books, and while these aren’t personal recommendations, they’re just services I’ve found while working on my own book, they are a good place to start when it comes to looking at publishing options.
Yudu is a cloud publishing platform and allows you to publish your digital products such as magazines and textbooks. Once uploaded, your work will be available on the Internet and can also be published on Apple’s bookstore. There are charges for using this service but anyone with work to publish can sign up and test it out with a free trial.
Xlibris is another company which allows you to self-publish your work and offers a print-on-demand service to its users. The company offers a range of packages and these come at a range of prices. The company has also announced that they are to offer eBooks again.
In a previous article, I wrote about Cafepress, a company which allows people to publish their designs on a range of the products. Cafepress also allows users to publish books on a print-on-demand basis with no start up fees of minimum orders for users. This is a good option for anyone just starting out or people who just want to print a limited amount of copies for friends and family.
Smashwords allows people to publish their eBooks. They distribute your book to a wide range of stores and distribution is free. The site has a good range of categories and also offers an affiliate programme.