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Should You Buy Your Own ISBNs

ISBNs For eBooks Many authors choose not to buy ISBNs for ebooks, although under certain circumstances— especially with distributors—you still need them. Depending on which distributor you use, you might have to pay a small amount for that unique identifying number. I know that Smashwords and Draft2Digital offer them free. Bookbaby and eBookpartnership and a few others charge a small amount—Bookbaby charges $19, […]

Smashwords and Overdrive

Building a Library Presence With Smashwords and Overdrive There has been a lot of talk about Smashwords’ deal with Overdrive. Some people claim that indie authors have been relegated to an “indie ghetto” and that librarians won’t even be able to find an indie author’s books if they wanted to. Let’s examine that for a […]

CreateSpace VS Ingram Spark Part 2

CreateSpace VS Ingram Spark Print Book Distribution Last week I did the first part of this comparison. You can view it here. This week concludes the post. Weighing the Other Factors Any time that you are comparing services and products, it turns out to be far more complex than you thought it was going to […]

eBook Distribution—Which One to Use?

eBook Distribution—Which One to Use? Last year I wrote a post comparing the pros and cons of using Smashwords or Bookbaby for ebook distribution. At the time they were the primary contenders for independent authors who wanted to get their books distributed to multiple platforms. A lot has changed in the industry since then. We […]




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