I've decided to self-publish my first books as eBooks. Here's why:
- It's not entangling. I don't give up my rights; I retain control over the title, cover, and content. I can change content as I please.
- The potential reader base is huge and persistent. Even if a book stays stagnant for years, something may happen to send it viral.
- I'd like to. It sounds like fun; other methods of publishing don't. Maybe I'll change my mind after a while, but eBooks are easy enough to try.
This is where it all starts for publishing eBooks on Amazon:
Same thing for Barnes and Noble:
Here are Amazon's Kindle forums, where new eBooks can be advertised:
Here's another place to advertise new eBooks (in the Book Bazaar, following their rules):
Editing is important (it's the principle of "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established"), and there are people online who do editing for self-publishing eBook writers.
I can't recommend anyone, as I haven't worked with an online editor, but here's an example:
The eBook cover is also very important, and there are online artists who do eBook covers. Again, I can't recommend any of them, but here's an example:
Those are just some links I've compiled while digging into eBooks. There's a lot more.
See also Pournelle's site and Konrath's site (the Chaos Manor and Joe Konrath links on the left). Those are good clearinghouses for all sorts of eBook information.