Borders introduces self-publishing service for e-books
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Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis, asked by e-mail whether the self-publishing service would make books available through Apple's iBooks and Amazon's Kindle, responded only that "books will be available in the Amazon store."
Authors can upload their manuscripts by copying and pasting text into an online form or uploading from an existing Web page. The text is converted into an ePub file, a format that many e-book stores require.
Authors can pay $89.99 for a basic package in which their book will be assigned an ISBN and be made available for sale "to all major eBook stores at a price set by the writer," Borders said. Under the $199.99 advanced publishing package, authors "will receive a full version of their ePub file, which they will own and may share with friends, family or submit on their own to eBook stores."
“We know many book lovers are also writers or aspiring authors who want to share their stories but do not want to invest the time and money to self publish in print,” said Mike Edwards, CEO of Borders Group subsidiary Borders Inc., in a statement. "We’re excited to give new writers and bloggers an opportunity to reach an expanded audience as they make their foray into digital.”