I love to read and have loved visiting public libraries since I was a child. I just loved roaming through the stacks of books and magazines or sitting and reading for hours on end and always wanted to have a study or library of my own.
I tend to prefer hardcover books versus pocketbooks as I always had a hard time reading the little print and nowadays always buy hardcover. I also tend to prefer books and magazines with lots of illustrations, pictures, and step by step instructions. Truth be told I also love romance novels, but we won't get into that.
So when e-books and e-zines came into being I was intrigued. E-Books? E-Zines? What exactly were they and how would that work? For sure they weren't going to be hardcover books that you could hold and feel. They weren't going to be magazines you could just flip through. Or would they? I wasn't sure I was going to like them or that they would ever replace books and magazines as we know them to be.
So, what exactly are they? Well, an e-book is basically the electronic version of a print book. It can contain all the traditional sections of a regular print book and be quite lengthy. It is basically a book that can be transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-books.
An e-zine is basically the electronic version of a print magazine that is transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-zines.
E-Books and e-zines have become wonderful e-products for artists and crafters to either sell or give away for free. Most of the e-books and e-zines that are sold by the artists and crafters are in .PDF format that can be downloaded once they are paid for and then saved to your hard drive and read by Adobe Acrobat. Or, they can be downloaded to an e-reader (like the Kindle or Nook), or to a tablet, notebook, or pc and are usually in an .epub or.mobi/.prc format.
Over the last few years the self-publishing industry has basically exploded. As a result there is a growing number of e-book and e-zine publishing websites where you can publish your own e-books and e-zines for sale and turn your craft tutorials, patterns, how-to's, projects and DIY's into a profitable business.
The good news with all of this is you don't have to be a professional writer to publish an e-book or e-zine on the web. You can be a small, independent crafter just trying to get your name out there or wanting to share your passion with the world.
So, I thought I'd put together a list of all the self-publishing websites and e-book & e-zine creation, selling & resource websites out there. I hope you find my list useful. The links below are to the sign-up or FAQ pages: