I’ve been looking into ways to get my thoughts, commentary, and how-tos out to the mass market.
A couple of companies are making the book and magazine publishing process super easy. And, pretty inexpensive.
For books, take a look at Amazon’s CreateSpace program. You write the text, add graphics, upload the package, and request a proof. They’ll run a copy off and send it to you. If everything looks good, you can move to production and Amazon will advertise on their vast network then handle orders. As customers request a copy, the book is printed and shipped. They also handle videos and music, the same way. They have several great royalty programs to choose from.
How cool would it be to have your very own magazine sitting on the tables around your next open house event?
Magcloud is your answer.
They’ll make a glossy 8-1/2″ x 11″ magazine from a PDF file. Gin up your mag, add the graphics, format according to specs, and request a proof. Looks good? Go to production and Magcloud handles the rest. They work the same as Amazon. As copies are ordered, they’re printed and shipped. Magcloud charges US$ 0.20 per page. Make the margin whatever you like.
Best of all, these services don’t require any up-front costs…well other than your time writing and effort in putting the package together.
Now anybody can be a publishing mogul.