If you’re looking for a great free option for self-publishing your own eBook, then you need not look further than these three.
In addition to being easy to use, these top three websites for self-publishing written works are also free to use. You can create an account and get set up within minutes and they each walk you through the publishing process.
Take a look at a few things they each have to offer!
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With Smashwords, E-Book publishing is fast, free, and easy. You’ll get free ISBN, author profile page, unlimited updates, and access to a lot of great tools. They claim to be the world’s largest eBook distributor for self-published authors and small independent presses.
They say, “Since we only earn income on commission, we’re 100% focused on helping our authors, publishers and literary agents reach more readers and sell more books.”
To get started, simply create an account and download their Style Guide. When your manuscript and cover is ready, just login and click “Publish” and you will be walked through the process.
From your Smashwords dashboard you will have access to tools that help you control pricing and distribution options. There, you can also see daily sales reporting from Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords Store.
You will get 85% royalty on sales from Smashwords and 60% through other distributors.
“Estimated proceeds are clearly presented during the publish process in a pie chart.” – See more here —> Smashwords Royalties
Simply create an account with Kobo Writing Life. Then, upload your manuscript and set the price. They’ll add your book to the Kobo catalogue within 72 hours and keep it there for as long as you want.
With Kobo you retain the rights to your work, set your own prices, and run your own promotions. They don’t require exclusivity, so you’re free to publish elsewhere, too. Kobo partners with other online retailers which means your work will be distributed widely.
“Kobo does not charge a fee for distributing your eBooks. Kobo will also convert your manuscript to the ePub standard format entirely for free and with no strings attached.” Please see the payment section for more information.
Kindle Direct Publishing is one of the most popular self-publishing options that exist. This is mostly due to Amazon’s reach and the powerful free tools that are provided to creators, but also because they make the process fairly simple. You retain rights to your work and control pricing. You also have the ability to publish paperbacks, with some upfront costs.
All you do is prepare your manuscript and cover (optional), making sure to meet publishing guidelines. Then log in to your account and go to your “Bookshelf.” From there, you are walked through each step. You can choose whether you want to publish exclusively with Amazon, which gives you certain Amazon publishing perks including a higher royalty, or to publish elsewhere as well, which allows you more freedom but doesn’t come with the perks.
KDP also offers downloadable tools that streamline the specific processes for you on your computer, such as Kindle Create which helps ensure ccorrect layout and formatting before you upload to KDP.
They provide other tools as well, such as Children’s Book Creator, Cover Creator, and Comic Creator. See more here.
You use your existing Amazon account to get started with KDP.
With KDP you can keep up to 70% of the total sales price, depending on the publishing path you choose.