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The End-to-End Book and eBook Publishing for Authors, Publishers and Enterprise: FastPencil

The End-to-End Book and eBook Publishing for Authors, Publishers and Enterprise: FastPencil | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Fastpencil is a design, printing, publishing and distribution service which self-published authors can use to create books/eBooks and publish and distribute them to the major online and physical book distribution outlets available.

 

FastPencil provides all of the tools needed to write, edit and format your book and allows authors and companies to choose among three levels of imprinting and publishing services: PREMIERE, Wavecrest and FastPencil.com.

 

Distribution options: 


1) Color Books: to Amazon.com, Alibris.com and the FastPencil Marketplace.

 

2) Black and White Books: to Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Baker and Taylor and the FastPencil Marketplace (excluding 8.5x11 page size, which is only available on the FastPencil Marketplace).

 

3) eBooks in Epub format: Apple iBookStore, Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes&Noble.com, Borders.com, Kobobooks.com, Powells.com, Ebookmall.com, Diesel-ebooks.com, Booksonboard.com, Lulu.com, Lybrary.com, and the FastPencil Marketplace.


4) eBooks in PDF format: Powells.com, Ebookmall.com, Diesel-ebooks.com, Booksonboard.com, Lulu.com, Lybrary.com, and the FastPencil Marketplace.

 

Pricing: All of the FastPencil writing tools are free.

 

When you’ve finished writing and are ready to publish you can choose from the following Distribution options:

 

1. Private - FREE

 

2. FastPencil Marketplace Only - FREE

 

3. Wide Distribution - $149 one format ($199 for both print and eBook)

 

Official press release: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fastpencil-launches-new-cloud-platform-to-power-publishing-2012-03-20 ;

 

Tutorial videos: http://www.fastpencil.com/company/learning_center ;

 

More info: http://www.fastpencil.com/ ;


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Create, Edit, Self-Publish and Sell Your eBook as You Write It: Leanpub - Publish Early, Publish Often

Robin Good: Leanpub is a free web service that allows you to create, edit and publish your own book in PDF, .epub (iPad) and .mobi (Kindle) formats, and to sell it online at your own set price.

 

With Leanpub you get 90% of the selling price, minus a fixed .50cents per copy sold which goes to Leanpub. Check this table for more details: http://i.imgur.com/ziqV5.jpg

 

Leanpub it's simple to use, but, in my opinion, it's not for everyone, as its setup is not as simple and straightforward (yet) as that of other web apps. But if you are a bit familiar with Dropbox, if you can easily edit text files, and don't mind tagging your book text with a few asterisks here and there, then you should be more than fine with this tool.

 

Basically Leanpub hooks up to your Dropbox account where it drops a set of simple text files that control the contents, sequence, formatting and images for your book.

 

So to work with Leanpub, you actually open a text file in your Dropbox account, and start editing it. The Leanpub account is used only to initially create the files needed in Dropbox, to generate previews and to provide you with the means to provide marketing info for your book landing page (auto-created by Leanpub).

 

It is possible to start a book by importing content from your blog RSS feed or from a Word document saved in HTML format.

 

One other cool feature of Leanpub is its ability to allow you, as an author, to publish and start selling your book at any time, giving you the option to actually get paid from the moment you publish your first edition.

 

People can sign-up to your book updates via the landing page, and Leanpub collects for you their emails so that you can keep in touch with them, and alert them everytime you have a new edition out.

 

The final cherry on the pie at Leanpub is the "bundling" feature which allows authors to bundle together either multiple books of their own, or their books together with other authors'(and their approval) ones and to offer them at a special discounted price.

 

This option by itself allows book authors both to use a very powerful marketing approach juxtaposing their titles to other relevant ones, as well as to cultivate their own competence in a specific area to curate relevant book sets for their audience. Check the bundling feature in this video here: http://youtu.be/BGJoDImqSqU

 

Video intro: http://youtu.be/Hl3IZ6I0wLs

 

Manifesto: https://leanpub.com/manifesto

 

Full intro tutorial: http://youtu.be/mEpfreY-3Aw ;

 

FAQ: https://leanpub.com/help ;

 

More info / sign-up: https://leanpub.com/ ;

 

 


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Convert Easily To Any eBook Format: Hamster Free eBook Converter (Win)

Robin Good: Hamster Free Converter is a free Windows-only downloadable software that makes it extremely easy to convert to just about any eBook format.

 

Hamster utilizes the same conversion engine utilized by Calibre but without the many options and advanced features.

 

It supports more than 200+ devices including Amazon Kindle, iPad, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPod, FR Book, iRiver, Sony, Digma, Nook, BenQ, Kobo, Explay,CrossElec, boeye, PAGEone, WexLer.

 

Hamster Free Converter converts any eBooks to run on Amazon, Sony, Asus, iPod, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Blackberry, Zune, iRiver, etc.

 

Free.

 

Download it here: http://store.hamstersoft.com/hamsterfreeebookconverter.exe (Win only)

 

Find out more: http://ebook.hamstersoft.com


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A_G_Storm's comment, June 27, 2012 11:28 PM
What? No Mac version? Only for Windows. So much for my ever using it.
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:37 PM

This is very handy if you have multiple e readers on different platforms. You can change the format of any ebook.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 30, 2012 11:21 PM

Need to try this, looks very promising!