You have to publish with Smashwords!

Smashwords will publish your eBook for free. It will convert your formatted word document into all the popular eBook formats for free. It will provide your eBook a page on their website, and sell your eBook on their website, again, for free. And, they will pay you 85% of the net profit for each book sold. You retain all rights and complete control of your book. Can it get any better than this?

You have complete control over the sampling, pricing, and promotion of your work. You can even publish it elsewhere, if you like.

Having your eBook available in multiple formats means that it can be distributed on Apple's iPhone, iPod, and new iPad, plus Google's Android Smartphones, Blackberries, Palms Pres, Amazon Kindles, B&N Nooks, Sony Readers, or any other reading devices including computers.

The Smashwords Style Guide makes it easy to format your manuscript to produce high quality multi-format eBooks. Required reading if you want your books to earn inclusion in the Premium Catalog. This book is updated frequently. Last update: March 6, 2010.

Promoting your book is normally your responsibility as a self-published author. You can learn how at Self Publishing Solutions. Also, be sure to download the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a hot topic of discussion in the publishing industry. Most publishers don't want you to be able to print or distribute your eBooks in any manner. This company takes the position that since you can loan or give away paper based books, you should be able to do the same with your eBooks, so their books are DRM free. Most readers are not yet aware of DRM, but DRM free books do seem to sell better.

The Association of American Publishers reports that eBooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. EBooks have had a growth rate of 58 percent per year for the last six years, while the industry growth rate was 1.6 percent. Currently, the eBook growth rate is over 100 percent. The stigma of self-published books is fading.

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