Last month I talked about Pub-it by Barnes and Nobel, a program that allowed writers to publish their books to the Barnes and Nobel electric store. Today, I will talk about Blurb.com, a program that allows writers to create physical books to be purchased through Blurb.com's website. With these two sites, writers can publish their own books using both popular medians and get their name out in the process. The best part of it all, they're both free.
Blurb.com provides a software program called BookSmart that can be downloaded from the website. Through BookSmart, you can create your books using pre-designed layouts or by creating their own templates. Start by selecting the black/white (B/W) text option. This allows you to create 5x8 text books in hardcover and paperback. Copy and paste your manuscript into BookSmart and format as necessary. You can also add a cover and copyright page to create an authentic book. When finished, publish the book to Blurb.com. From there, start selling and promoting your book.
Here's how it works (direct from the website):
It's that simple. So what are you waiting for? I've already started my book, get started on yours. Click here to begin.
Let's start with the definition of what PubIt is: According to Barnes & Nobel "PubIt! by Barnes & Noble is an online, self-service Web portal where independent publishers and authors can upload their eBooks and make them available for sale through the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. This easy-to-use distribution platform offers qualified users the expanded distribution, visibility, and protection that only Barnes & Noble can offer. eBooks, essays, articles, poems, and short stories sold through the Barnes & Noble eBookstore are available for sale on BN.com, NOOK eBook Readers, and our free NOOK eReading software for iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, Android, PC, etc."
Now for the shortened version. Upload and publish your book online through B&N's easy upload program, you can even include cover art and a description. Then sell it right through B&N's eBook store making royalties every time someone buys it. What are the royalties, you might ask. Check this out:
Not bad if I do say so. The royalties are more than if you were to try to get a publishing house to publish the book in print form for you. The best thing about this feature, it's FREE! That's right, no cost to you to publish this book with Barnes & Nobel. It's a smart on the part of B&N and smart on the part of you. As far as I can see, it's a win/win for both. Take advantage of it now. I plan to. Click here to begin.
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