E-book Self-Publishing Options

Apr 14

E-book Self-Publishing Options

Individuals looking to publish their work have more options available to them now than ever before, especially with the increase in popularity of self publishing, and more specifically, self publishing in the e-book market.

The rise in self publishing, both in print and e-book format, has opened up incredible avenues and removed significant barriers to entry for aspiring writers looking to make their work available and hopefully, make some money off it as well. There are a number of options available to individuals looking to self publish, and depending on what your specific publishing goals happen to be, some of these options may be more beneficial for you than others.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

One of the most well-known and widely-discussed self publishing options available at this time is Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP. As the name implies, this option allows individuals the chance to publish their work directly to Amazon’s Kindle marketplace, and they can do this all on their own, without getting anyone else involved with whom they would have to share profits. However, users are welcome to work with an e-book aggregator or another party if they would like help preparing their book for publishing through Amazon. Amazon shares 70% of royalties with authors (although there are some fees and rules that apply to this).


Lulu is a popular e-book publishing and aggregator service that distributes published e-books to the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and also makes them available on Lulu.com. Lulu offer users a guide for creating their e-book and offers many premium aggregator services to users for free, and only takes 10% of a user’s final royalties from the iBookstore and the Nook store.


Smashwords was one of the original e-book self publishing platforms, and remains one of the largest players in the field. Unlike Lulu that offers users a wealth of tools to publish their works, Smashwords requires users to be able to do most of the work themselves, uploading their book and cover art file to the site, and from there, choosing a format in which their book can be presented. Books published by Smashwords can sell their work on Smashwords’ website, or they can distribute it to Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, Apple’s iBooks, and a number of other e-book retailers.

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Publishing in the Legal Field

Jan 07

Publishing in the Legal Field

Much like the exchange of information in other academic fields, publishing in the legal field is an incredibly important avenue for professionals looking to exchange new ideas, discuss changes in the legal landscape, and share new ways of connecting with and helping clients.

Most publishing in the legal field centers around prominent journals that are specifically tailored to certain professionals, such as paralegals, personal injury lawyers, immigration attorneys, and other professionals throughout the field.

Additionally, there are a great number of journals that reach across individuals in various positions and provide information and research on a common theme, such as social justice, technology, or race. Publishing in the legal field takes a number of different forms, but with advances in technology, an increasing number of readers have connected with articles in the legal field by accessing journals through online databases.

Well-known databases such as Academic Search Complete, LexisNexis, and ProQuest make it possible for individuals to access decades worth of publications from any device with an internet connection. However, despite the ease of use and popularity of these databases, most journals still publish their databases in print form. However, both print and digital access to these publications is highly restricted to paying users only, and in many cases, subscriptions to these resources do not come cheap. In most instances, readers can access a free preview or abstract of an article in one of these journals, but they must pay for access to the article in its entirety. Fortunately, a perk that many academic institutions offer to their students is free access to these resources through the library in electronic, and in some instances, print form.

Having an article accepted for publication in one of these journals follows a similar pattern to publishing in other academic publications. Most legal journals have a rigorous peer review process that would-be authors / researchers must pass before having their articles published. For more information, contact the attorneys of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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