Publishing ebooks to iBooks, Kindle
Per request from @tvansantana, I'm going to walk you through the process of publishing your books on two different online publishers, I've just done this for my new novella The Devil Left Him, so I'm in a good position to discuss the differences. This post will cover iBooks, using the Tablo web site.
Publishing to iBooks via Tablo.
Apple has a means of creating and uploading ebooks through its iBooks software, but I've never completed the process and don't fully understand the steps. Tablo is a publishing and sharing site that bills itself as "Youtube for books." I've written my recent novellas, of which Devil is the first, on Tablo. It's iPhone and iPad apps are excellent, and the site works well on desktop with virtually seamless integration between them. You can write and share your work a chapter at a time, and leave some private until you think it's ready.
And the best part? When you've got something done, they'll publish it on iBooks for you with the click of a button. Did I mention it's free of charge?
How you do it:
Step 1 - Put Your Book on Tablo. You can write (or copy-paste) your work there with their Bookmaker software, which is intuitive and very easy, or you can upload a Word document. I've only done it the first way.
Step 2 - Publish. Having your book on Tablo, even available to read there, is separate from it being published to iBooks. When you click on your book, you will see three links at the top of the page: "Write," to continue working on a book, "Publish on Tablo", to allow it to be read on the web site for free, and "Sell on Bookstores," which will send it to iBooks. You can have all, some or none of your book available on Tablo to read. You can select and deselect individual chapters. You can post chapters as you write them, to build a readership. Or you can skip this step entirely and go straight to:
Step 3 - Sell. Setting your book up for sale is all done on a single page. You will need to input the following:
Author Name (pseudonyms permitted)
Language of Book
BISAC Category (there's a clickable drill-down to find yours, so don't worry)
Pricing for US, UK, and Australia (there will be a suggested price point for each, but you can set them to be whatever you want)
Paypal email (Yes, you need a PayPal account to play)
Book Cover (Upload any high-res image)
Then just click the button and wait. This is the downside: you will wait. I submitted mine two days ago and it's still awaiting review, with a release date currently scheduled for September 10th. I don't know if this is Tablo's work flow, or iBook's or both. But it's an extra set of eyes going over your work before submission. And it isn't costing you a dime.
My next post will cover using Kindle Direct Publishing for Amazon.com