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After you self-publish eBooks on this website, Smashwords.com will then distribute your eBooks to major eBook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store, Aldiko and even public libraries! (Please note: in order for your eBook(s) to be distributed to these vendors, your eBook will need to be accepted into Smashword.com’s “premium catalog.” This just means that you cannot have any formatting errors in your eBook. Follow the steps of this tutorial in the What are the steps to self-publish your eBook on Smashwords.com? section in order to successfully format your eBook.)

Additionally, as a unique feature to Smashwords.com, you can also offer your eBook to people for free. Yes, free! This notion of being able to give your eBook away for free to people aligns with the “free for all” mentality of libraries, and it will surely increase your audience.(Additionally, if you are using Smashwords.com only as a way to make and distribute free eBooks through Smashwords.com, you do not have to strictly adhere to Smashwords.com’s formatting guidelines, because your work will not be distributed to outside vendors. There is more information on this to follow.)

Similarly, in terms of school libraries, academic libraries or public libraries, these institutions can self-publish their own eBooks (whether they be educational or otherwise) in order to help their patrons access information about the library itself. Moreover, libraries could offer workshops in self-publishing eBooks, which would allow patrons to become active participants in the new trend of eBooks.

Additionally, after you publish your eBook through Smashwords.com, in addition to then being able to sell your eBook to other individuals, Smashwords.com will offer your eBook to public libraries. You may try to sell your work to public libraries or offer it to public libraries for free.

What are the prerequisites to self-publishing eBooks on Smashwords.com?

1. UNDERSTAND WHAT AN EBOOK IS: An eBook is an electronic book that can be downloaded over the Internet. eBooks can be read on computers, tablets, eReaders, and smartphones. eBooks made through Smashwords.com can be saved in the following formats: epub (great for people who use iPhones or iPads) .mobi (for those with Kindles or the Kindle app) PDFs, LRFs, PDBs, RTF and Plain Text.

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