I’m interested in self-publishing an e-book. What factors should I consider?


How do your colleagues and your field value self-published work?

If you’re a student, talk with your advisor or consult your career center about the ways employers and admissions officials will view self-published work. If you’re a faculty member, talk with your department chair about tenure and promotion standards for non-traditional scholarship. In particular, compare the benefits of greater control over design, pricing, and distribution of your work to the benefits of publishing in a peer-reviewed source.

Is your primary goal open access?

If you’re considering self-publishing because you want your scholarship to be free and available to a wider audience online, you may want to explore peer-reviewed open access publishers. Visit the Scholarly Communication webpage to learn more about open access, including the university’s newly established Open Access Publishing Fund. To learn more about publishers who support open-access books, visit oapen.org and the Directory of Open Access Books. If you’re an affiliate of the University of Minnesota, you may also be able to deposit your work in the University Digital Conservancy.

As an author, do you understand your rights to your work and how to manage them?

Visit the Copyright Information and Resources webpage for an overview of copyright, fair use, and creative commons licenses. For detailed information about managing the rights to your scholarship, read these FAQs.

Have you considered the nuts and bolts of self-publication?

A vast number of tools and services (some free, some fee-based) are now available for creating, marketing, and selling self-published e-books. Make sure you understand these products and their costs. If you’re interested in learning how to publish an e-book, read more.


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