Before you start publishing your eBook ask yourself these questions before you begin:
How will you reach your readers online?
Is your book illustrated? Is colour required? There may be significant challenges when you create and distribute through various channels.
What do your readers prefer, digital or print?
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit your half-way to succeeding online. If you already have a platform as an established blogger it will stand you in good stead in the long run. Don't expect immediate sales, instead sales snowballing gradually over time.
Understanding E-Publishing Services
The most important thing to understand about e-publishing retailers is that they're not publishers. They take no responsibility for your work quality, or any rights to your work. Here are three aspects of major services:
１ No technical expertise required - You're given free automated tools to convert and upload your files. Along with free tutorials and guides to make sure your files are formatted properly.
２ Non-exclusive and at-will - You have the option to edit or remove your files at any time. Allowing you to change the cover, price and description. You can use other services to sell through on your own website.
３ No upfront fee - It's rare to pay an upfront fee. With a distributor such a BookBaby you earn 100% net and pay $199 for conversion and retail distribution.
Again by using these services you don't forfeit any rights to your work.
Two Essential Groups of E-Publishing Services
Most e-publishing services fall into one of these categories:
Single Channel Distribution - These services which are also distributors will distribute your work through one channel or device. Offering no assistance in preparing your files, accepting a wide range of file types. Some examples: KDP and Nook Press.
Multiple Channel Distribution - These services act as a middleman and push your work out to multiple distributors and retailers. You deal with only one service, most well-known of these are Draft2Digital, Pronoun, BookBaby and Smaswords.
One of the best ways to start for new authors is through Amazon KDP.
Let me know your thoughts and stories on using digital publishing services in the comments below.