Talk:The E-Publishing Dilemma

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The e-publication dilemma

Personally, I've never understood the whole "read it in the tub" thing. You can read an e-book in the tub better than you can a paper book. Just put it in a ziplock baggie, seal it tight, and there you are. You won't even need to worry about getting water spots on the pages.

But anyway: I've been following the whole e-pub thing with interest (given that I write for an e-book and e-publishing blog). There are some writers out there who have been reasonably successful at e-pub and self-pub (such as YA author Henry Melton). Wil Wheaton has self-published all but one of his books, and they've done really well for him (though he does have the advantage of a name that people recognize, by dint of his blogging as much as his Trek role). There are print-on-demand companies like Lulu that will run off copies for you to sell yourself; there are even self-pub options that put you on Amazon.com. (My uncle has published a novel that way.) There are e-publishing companies like Smashwords that will give you 80% of the sales take.

But on the other hand, you have to be your own publicity, and that takes up time and effort you could better spend on more writing, and you'll never be as good at it as a large business.

We may be on the cusp of some kind of sea change in the publishing industry, that might change the way people interact with books entirely. Perhaps in a few years there will be some kind of revolution that changes the publishing industry and gives you more options. At the moment, all possible solutions are imperfect. —Robotech Master 23:45, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

The Shifti administrators have been following it closely too. We are still hard at work on the Best of Shifti book, which will be published via Lulu - but we might work on a version for various e-book readers. (Okay, for just the one - the Kindle - since this is a fund-raiser and the copyright grants we've gathered from the contributors are not that great) -- ShadowWolf 23:54, 8 June 2009 (UTC)