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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.

2. UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE MICROSOFT WORD: Prior to being able to self-publish your eBook, you will need to first type up what you want to self-publish. Therefore, you will need to know how to use Microsoft Word. Moreover, the Smashwords.com eBook formatting process is somewhat complex, and although the formatting process is described in detail with clear language and even pictures, an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word is recommended. However, if you feel you cannot format your eBook, Smashwords.com will do this for you for a small fee.

3. UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE IMAGING SOFTWARE: Moreover, you will need to know how to make an eBook cover for your eBook and therefore you should be familiar with imaging software. However, if you are making a somewhat basic design for your eBook cover and do not have access to advanced imaging software, you can make eBook covers in applications like PowerPoint, Paint or even Microsoft Word.

What are the steps to self-publish your eBook on Smashwords.com?

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