Accessible E-Book Publishing with BookBrewer

March 10, 2012

6:44 pm

Back in 2010, we introduced you to BookBrewer, a Boulder-based company offering electronic publishing services to writers.  Since then, the e-publishing industry has seen tremendous growth, with BookBrewer growing right alongside it. 

If you’ve looked into publishing an e-book yourself, you know it is not enough to be a brilliant writer with a unique idea, because at some point, you will have to wrangle your words into a publish-friendly format.  Easier said than done.

BookBrewer helps you self-publish a book electronically or in print, then sell it through major retailers like Amazon and Apple, sell directly from their websites, or publish to branded iPad apps. BookBrewer boasts a community of 6,000 writers, including everyone from first-time writers to New York Times Bestsellers, and even large online publishers such as AOL’s Huffington Post and The Denver Post.

“People should realize that the digital book revolution is about more than e-books,” BookBrewer founder and CEO Dan Pacheco told me in an email.

Print is seeing a new life through Print on Demand. We recently published a full-color print book for The Denver Post about the Broncos, which they sold directly from their website. It generated close to $10,000 in profit for them in a 6 week period. Print orders outshone e-book orders by 4 to 1.

I asked Pacheco for his take on the rapid success experienced by the e-book publishing industry.

E-books are a great revenue opportunity for online content producers for one simple reason.  Readers pay for content in the form of e-books, and also Print on Demand, that they won’t pay for on traditional websites.  They appreciate the convenience of being able to take a carefully curated collection of articles with them on the go to read on their Kindles, iPads, iPhones and Androids.

They say everyone has a novel in them, just waiting to be put to paper and shared.  Why not put yours to laptop and give BookBrewer a try?  You can check them out online or at Tech Cocktail’s SXSW #StartupLife Celebration.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup.

She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, “Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership,” which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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