Friday, June 29, 2012

Publishing in the Cloud with

Learned about today, printing in the cloud. need to check out this site some more. I have been looking for a service that prints posters on demand like CreatSpace or Lulu. Posters are tricky and tough to ship. These guys seem to do posters, so more to check out.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

How to Write and Publish a Book in 3 Hours

Michael Stewart, the internet audio guy put up a kind of cool video on How to Write a Book in 3 Hours with a Microphone. He walks you through the steps to quickly pull a book together.
  • Basically the steps are make an outline of your book. You don't have to really write anything, just pull together a good outline. 
  • Record the book, based on the outline you wrote using whatever recording software you have in your computer. On a Mac you can use Garage Band, or download Audicity for Mac or PC or any number of recording programs. Do a little editing to clean it up.
  • Get the book transcribed, or if you have DragonSpeak transcription software, just let it do it. 
  • Then layout it out in Word or a desktop publishing program like InDesign or Apple Pages, anything that can save a file in PDF, 
  • Upload the PDF to print-on-demand site CreateSpace, or the text file to Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • And finally use the supplied templates or contact a local graphic designer to build a cover and there you go. 
It seems pretty easy, in reality it is a little harder but overall it is not all that hard.

Monday, June 11, 2012

2 Top Print-on-Demand Publishing Sites for Your Books

We have covered the top print-on-demand book publishing site,, in a previous post, now lets look at a couple others. CreateSpace is a great service but they have limited options in the kind of books they make. Focusing on paperback black/white or color helps keep their costs under control and makes for an efficient process. But what if you wanted a hard covered book, or a book with a cover wrap or wanted to produce a high quality coffee table book. Then I would look at two other great sites, and Both of these use the print-on-demand technology so you have no printing or inventory costs and they can distribute out through Amazon and others. print-on-demand site with a nice variety of book options
LuLu is a print-on-demand competitor to but offers more choices for the production and design of your books. CreateSpace seems to control their pricing by offering one standard paperback version. LuLu can offer you paperback, hardcover, hardcover with different bindings; perfect, wire, spiral bound and many others. Along with books they also have photo books, calendars, ebooks, cookbooks, iPad publishing and education calendars, ebooks, cookbooks, iPad publishing and education publishing. They can also offer you design, and marketing services with a variety of packages.

Their quality is excellent and they offer a wide range of publication choices. Along with their own online store that is under your name, they also offer access to Amazon.

Lulu can also convert your book to an ebook for distribution on ePub platforms like the Nook and iBookstore., excellent site for producing high quality art or photography books
Blurb is a very cool high quality print-on-demand book publishing site. Blurb books are geared to photographers, artists and people trying to break into artistic self-publishing. They have a variety of formats from personal to full professional quality books. Blurb can also convert your book to the ePub format. Blurb offers users the ability to build books on-line with their Bookify™ Online app. You can download Booksmart® software and build the book on your computer along with a plug-in that you can use with InDesign.

Photos can be pulled from any number of photo sharing sites including Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, Instagram and your own computer.

Blurb covers the full range from physical books for stores to ebooks for iPad, iPhone and iPod. With a nice range of sizes and amazing quality this is the book producing site for anyone with images.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kobo Launches It's Own Self Publishing Platform in June

Digital reading company Kobo is launching it's own self publishing platform for independent authors and publishers at the end of June. Hoping to make it simpler, global, with higher royalties, and a lot more control. Kobo competes against Amazon and their Kindle platform.

Read the entire article over on

To learn more about Kobo and their ereader check out