BookBaby Talks Indie Publishing at the SelfPub BookExpoBy Mercy Pilkington
One of the main arguments in favor of indie publishing is the fact that today’s writers have an unheard amount of control and choice when it comes to publishing their works. GoodEReader.com was on location in New York this past weekend to attend the SelfPub BookExpo, and one of the highlights of the expo floor was the wide variety of self-publishing platforms that today’s authors have to choose from.
Tony van Veen, CEO of self-publishing platform BookBaby, spoke to us about what the site offers authors and how it differs from many other digital publishing sites. Van Veen also spoke about what’s in development from BookBaby, including the update on HostBaby, the big news released from BookBaby VP Steven Spatz at BookExpo America in May of this year.
Essentially, HostBaby is another level of service that BookBaby can offer to its author clients. In addition to the ability to distribute ebooks to all of the retail platforms while giving the authors 100% of the net royalties of the books, minus the built-in percentages that the retailers earn, HostBaby offers authors their own uniquely branded web space for the fans to find information, sample chapters, cover art, and more.
BookBaby is also branching out into print-on-demand self-publishing in an effort to bring indie authors’ works to as many readers as possible.
Mercy Pilkington is a young-adult author and a teacher in a correctional facility. She does not have a single textbook in her classroom. With the top-of-the-line technology at her disposal and the low reading ability of many of her students, there’s no need for standard paper texts. Instead she relies on e-readers, iPads, desktop PCs, Polycom video conferencing equipment for virtual field trips, live streaming for science demonstrations, and text-to-speech read-aloud software to teach English and science. Within the next ten years, public school classrooms across the country are going to look a lot more like Mercy’s classroom because the educational possibilities with these kinds of technologies are limitless. Have a question? Send an email to email@example.com
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