There are plenty of resources for publishing E-books: big and small, promoted and little-known, loyal to readers and authors, or oriented for only making money on them.
Of course, the main question that you should ask yourself in the first place is: what is the goal you are trying to achieve?
Earn money on a finished book, find your audience, or show an idea and see if the readers will like it or something else?
As a person who has intensively read books that are still in the process of writing for more than 10 years, I undoubtedly prefer free resources. There are several reasons for this:
– The platforms used to be fewer, and the level of their promotion was not so transcendental.
– I undoubtedly supported the idea that has become mainstream now: the content creator should receive money and not the creator of such a convenient online bookshelf for readers.
– In a small provincial town in the then-popular offline bookstores there was not so much literature in my favorite fantasy genre.
And at some point, I just addressed google and found a resource with a very old-fashioned design. And I stayed there for more than 5 years. Having advanced from an ordinary reader, enthusiastically mourning grammatical mistakes in the comments, to an almost professional beta-reader (why almost? Because reading is my passion, and I just wanted to help authors who create something marvelous).
If you want to make money as an author, it is worth keeping in mind that many platforms take royalties from the sale when publishing a book. This is okay because even the simplest resource needs to stay afloat either through advertising or by providing paid services. And if you first came to one of the three greatest: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, or aggregators Smashwords, Kobo, Lulu, (no less well-known among desperate readers of eBook resources are solidary in setting the interest rate of 30%+). Compared to the rest, Draft2Digital (with 15% of the net royalties) is the most author-friendly platform.
Now let's see what alternative the great era can offer us for aspiring authors. Keep in mind that the majority of free resources are focused more on trying out the pen, finding an audience, and just having fun than on a steady income. Let's start:
Choose the one that suits you, look for your readers and authors who will inspire you.
I will say from personal experience that the readers will gladly follow their favorite author to another platform ;)
I’m incredibly happy that many books are now available in their digital copies, otherwise, I would need a house the size of a city library. No, I'm not joking. I read a lot, voraciously and quickly enough. Therefore, a book of 200-250 pages only lasts for 2-3 days. And the shelf space runs out catastrophically, as does the book budget. So online platforms have opened up a whole new world of books that have not yet hit the stores. I still enjoy buying stories I especially like, simply because they are worthy of standing on the bookshelf, and over time I re-read the moments I like. After all, whatever one may say, but the smell of a new book, still glued together pages, and a pleasant roughness of paper are not something that can be left for good.