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Giving writers more chances;
Giving readers more choices

  • Writers retain all rights, and are free to publish elsewhere at any time;
  • Royalties are 30% or more -- far above industry norms;
  • The 1stBooks Library provides worldwide distribution and promotion at a small fraction of the cost of conventional methods;
  • 1stBooks is endorsed by the National Writers' Association and other writers groups;
  • 1stBooks is widely reported in the media, with coverage growing steadily as we revolutionize the industry.

Electronic books are the future of publishing, yet they are here today. Sometimes called virtual books, digital books or online books, eBooks are not physical objects made of paper and ink. Instead, they are full-length books that are downloaded as data files from the World Wide Web, directly to the computers of readers around the world.

"Print on demand" books share many of the advantages of eBooks, and make paperback editions of selected 1stBooks titles available from more than 25,000 bookstores worldwide.

The 1stBooks Library is the world's leading international distributor of eBooks, with up to 300,000 pages viewed at our website, and almost 10,000 books downloaded, each month.

Our online library contains thousands of books in all genres, including many exclusive titles not available elsewhere. Fiction, non-fiction, humor, instructional books, inspirational books, poetry and books for children are just a few of the genres available.

Authors who publish electronically with 1stBooks retain all rights and control of content, remaining free to publish elsewhere at any time. 1stBooks does not edit the text; the author decides what the public reads.

The number of copies available to the public is unlimited, and all titles are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to anyone in the world with a connection to the Internet -- estimated at 50 to 70 million or more users, and growing rapidly. Many readers report that they can conveniently purchase an assortment of eBooks in less time than it takes to visit a single bookstore, from the comfort of their own homes.

The 1stBooks Library is aggressively promoted worldwide. The website is registered with more than 900 search engines, posted to hundreds of literature-related newsgroups and 'Top 100' sites, and advertised in a variety of media on a regular basis. Newspaper and magazine articles about 1stBooks and our authors are appearing in more and more publications every month, as eBooks and POD books revolutionize the publishing industry.

Royalties are at least 30% -- far above industry norms. Because there are no costs for paper and ink, binding, shipping, un-sold copies returned by bookstores, or other fees charged by middlemen, electronic books are typically sold at 25% to 50% below softcover prices. Yet because the royalty is so large, most authors receive more income from the sale of a eBook than its hard-copy counterpart.

Thanks to the strength of our catalog of well over 2,000 titles (and growing rapidly) 1stBooks has also secured a special arrangement to distribute paperback editions of selected titles using the latest "print on demand" technologies from Lightning Print, a subsidiary of the Ingram Book Group, the world's largest distributor of printed books.

Like eBooks, POD books are produced one at a time, so there are never any wasted copies. Yet the number of copies available to the public is unlimited.

POD books are available from more than 24,000 bookstores in the U.S. plus 1,700 or more abroad. Paperback editions of selected 1stBooks titles can be ordered from any major bookstore, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, and many more.

Softcover books are attractively printed and bound with four-color covers and perfect bindings. They are equal (and often superior) in appearance to the highest quality trade paperbacks traditionally found in bookstores. For more information about POD books, click HERE for a facsimile of TIME Magazine's coverage in the 8/2/99 issue.

The combination of eBooks and POD books makes it possible for any writer to effectively compete with the giants of the publishing industry.

The 1stBooks Library offers authors an attractive alternative to conventional publishing houses that rarely take a chance on new writers; to costly self-publishing with local printers, that often leaves authors with a garage full of unsold copies; or to so-called subsidy or vanity presses, that often charge writers thousands of dollars for a small press run, with little chance of reaching a broad audience.

For skeptics who claim that self-publishing is not a viable option for professional writers, click HERE for a list of major best sellers that were originally published by their authors. The success of these books is indisputable proof that self-published books can achieve widespread popularity. Using the latest technologies from 1stBooks, the potential is now greater than at any time in history.

Yes, it costs money to self-publish a book with 1stBooks -- or anywhere else on this planet. But the cost of self-publishing an eBook is rarely more than $500, often substantially less.

Better still, at 1stBooks the author receives 100% of sales income until the initial deposit is recovered in full. Thereafter, royalties are 30% or more on every copy sold, compared to 5% to 15% typically paid by conventional publishers.

1stBooks provides technical support, allowing writers to spend their time doing what they do best: writing. Computer expertise is not required. While many authors prefer to submit their manuscripts in standard word processing formats, regular typed manuscripts can also be scanned and converted to digital format at a nominal cost.

1stBooks will also create a professionally-designed digital book cover at no additional cost. Or authors may provide their own choice of artwork in standard file formats.

New eBook titles can usually be ready for worldwide distribution within 60 to 90 days of the date when the manuscript is submitted. POD books are usually available 45-60 days thereafter.

1stBooks is actively seeking new titles in all subjects. Authors interested in bringing new works to a worldwide audience with a fraction of the time and expense of traditional methods are urged to join the revolution of the publishing industry that is already underway. Contact 1stBooks today at:

The International Online Library
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Bloomington, IN 47404 USA
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