If you are new to book publishing it can be overwhelming when you research online.

Elegant Book Design does not endorse any of the companies listed below and authors using any of the companies listed below should do their own research before purchasing services or signing a contract.

We have provided the links below to help authors, but list is by no means a comprehensive. We will be adding more resources as new information becomes available.


Ebook Publishing Platforms

  • Blurb – Sell your ebook on Blurb or in the Apple iBookstore.
  • Click2Sell – Store your ebook on a secure server and deliver it to buyers after payment.
  • eBookMall – Sell ebooks in PDF and ePub formats.
  • iBook Authors – Create and publish books for iPad and Mac users everywhere.
  • Kobo Writing Life – Self-publish digital content in 160+ countries.
  • KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing – Independently publish to millions of readers.
  • Lulu – Reach millions of readers in more markets.
  • Smashwords – Learn how to publish your ebook on Smashwords.
  • NookPress – Self-publish your books; powered by Barnes & Noble.
  • Payhip – Host your ebooks and securely deliver them to customers.
  • Scribd – Promote and sell your ebooks.
  • Sellfy – A digital product platform.


Self-Publishing Companies

  • Bookbaby – Self-publishing using print on demand (POD), global book distribution. Sell your book directly to readers. Also offers ebook distribution.
  • Xlibris – Self-publishing company with a wide range of publishing services.
  • CreateSpace – Self-publishing company, offering a wide range of services for authors.
  • Lulu – Publish books using print on demand; offers wide range of publishing services.



  • ISBN – International Standard Book Number – Wikipedia article with very detailed information.
  • Basic ISBN Number & Barcode – Get a basic ISBN and barcode for $18.99.
  • ISBN.org – Frequently asked questions and answers from Bowker


Writing Tools

  • Scrivener – Writing software for Mac and PC with powerful organization and ebook formatting features.
  • yWriter – Easy to use for novelists and non-fiction authors.
  • Ommwriter – Simple text editor to keep you focused on writing.
  • ProWritingAid – Wonderful writing tool which you can use online or with Microsoft Word. There is a free and premium service.


Blogs About Writing and Self-Publishing

  • Jane Friedman – Great website for authors with articles and lots of links to many other publishing resources.
  • Live Write Thrive – C. S. Lakin explores a wide range of writing topics.
  • The Write Life – All about writing including freelancing, marketing, blogging, self-publishing and jobs.
  • Fiction University – Articles and guest columns about the book writing and publishing process.
  • The Book Designer – Joel Friedlander offers a wealth of information on self-publishing, author blogging, book marketing and more.
  • The Creative Penn –  Joanna Penn shares lessons from her writing journey. Articles and resources you can use!
  • Better Novel Project –  Christine Frazier deconstructs bestsellers and shares what elements they have in common.
  • Writers Boon – Discounted marketplace where authors can find editors, publicists, designers, book marketers, and so on who offer big discounts on their services. It also offers free book promo opportunities.


Articles About Self-Publishing Platforms