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How to Choose an E Book Platform

There are several digital publishers today that authors can select from to publish their e book. Over the past few years, e books have come forth with substantial force in English-speaking markets, especially in America. So why is e book publishing extremely popular among self-publishers?

First off, publishing an e book costs but a fragment of what it takes to publish a traditional version in print. A second reason is that less cost equals less risk for self-publishers, meaning they’re more willing to take a gamble on their product. Therefore, if you’re a self-publishing author and your book turns out unsuccessful, there’s no need not worry about wasting so much cash.

The third advantage offered by e book publishing is the rapid growth of the digital book industry. The third reason many authors are turning to e book publishing today is the unrelenting growth of the e book industry. In America, for example, the number of people who read e books is about the same as that of more traditional readers.

As an author, what do you consider when choosing the right e platform for your book:


There are several e book publishers these days, so how much you receive in royalties will depend on which publisher you choose. Typically, however, the royalty percentage will be based on retail price (taxes excluded) minus the e file delivery fee (each publisher has its own rate). 99. This is the price range targeted by most self-publishing authors today so they can have a larger share.


Some services have special rules on book pricing. For example, if you’re a new author, you may not be allowed to offer your book for free, or you may not have control over the pricing at all. In any case, you don’t have to be cornered in a scenario where you think you deserve a better price but there’s nothing that can be done about it.

File Format

Some platforms out there offer e book formatting services, but you are not required to hire them if you prefer to do it yourself. But if you do decide to DIY, be careful as this job is usually not very simple, although you can choose from a wide variety of software.


There are services that demand exclusivity. If you’re a self-publisher with just a handful of books, you should leave some of them for open publishing and maybe a few exclusive to your publisher of choice (make sure you choose a worthy one).


As you’ve likely seen, there are a lot of e book publishing companies these days. The big ones sell worldwide, either directly from their websites and/or indirectly through affiliates. But of course, there are smaller players on the market which may be just as worthy to consider.

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