With work on Sanity Juxtaposed almost over, after the proofreading and those changes are made, I’ll be left to format it into the various media types in order to publish it into the wider world. The eBook is due out by the end of the month and then the POD version through lulu.com some time after that.
For the eBook, the original plan was to publish it via Smashwords as it could then be available in multiple formats and it’s generally easy to work with in terms of selling it and all that.
The problem has been that the requirements for formatting a document to meet their standards have been, quite frankly, a pain in the arse. And the task of turning the final copy into something to go on Smashwords is looking quite tedious. It would also require the final eBook version to be stripped down to something quite basic and nothing more than plain text.
But now looking at what format to go with when publishing the digital version of The Red Pen, Scribd.com is beginning to look more appealing for both. Scribd works well for the zine because it maintains the visual structure and won’t require so much work. And I can still charge for it if I choose.
So doing this for Sanity Juxtaposed as well would be quite simple and then it wouldn’t require completely different formatting between the print and digital versions.
I’m now at a loss as to what to do and am considering abandoning Smashwords all together in favour of Scribd.
Have you had experience with either or both? What are your thoughts? Or are there any better alternatives?