EBW Knowledge Base

Self-publishing ebooks

These days it’s very easy, and affordable, to self-publish in an ebook format and distribute your ebook through retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There are four parts to the process:

If the quality of your book is as good as most, marketing savvy and effort is what determines financial success. The rest is easy.

In this section of our knowledge base, we’ll provide some pointers in each of these four areas.


  1. […] If you want to keep costs really low, try publishing first in ebook form only. For a how-to, start with EBW’s practical advice on self-publishing ebooks. […]

  2. Bud Buckley says:

    I am getting ready to publish an eBook novel and I want to embed music into it so people can hear song samples and then have an option to buy a download of the song. Can you help me with that?

  3. Arthur says:

    Bud, I’m afraid EBW can’t help with that right now, our team is fully engaged in other projects. I’m assuming you’d like to outsource this. Have a look at this page at Aptara (one of the world’s biggest ebook production companies), then you can try Googling around some of the key phrases to find other suppliers who offer similar services, if you want to get competitive quotes. http://www.aptaracorp.com/ebook-production/enhanced-ebooks/

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    That’s fine, Nandish. What you suggest follows the terms of our Creative Commons licence (see sidebar for CC licence details).

  6. […] For some technical guidance on ebooks, check out the Electric Book Works Knowledge Base, which contains lots of guidance I’ve written on technical and admin matters. You could skip to the section on self-publishing ebooks. […]

  7. Arthur says:

    This article by James Altucher is a superb case study in great self-publishing: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/20/how-to-self-publish-a-bestseller-publishing-3-0/

  8. Quinton says:

    Whomever it may concern,

    I want to open my own publishing company and publish an Afrikaans book first before I publish English books. What steps do I need to take in order to do this? And I see there is steps that you can also publish on Kindle. But we don’t have a huge Kindle market in my area, what do I do?

    Thanks for your assistance.

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