publishing business

BISAC Subject Codes

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:40

If you're new to the publishing (or self-publishing) industry, your knee-jerk reaction to hearing BISAC might be gesundheit. But BISACs are more than a sneeze sound; BISAC is an acronym for Book Industry Standards and Communications, and BISAC codes are the publishing industry's nine-digit codes for categories into which books might fall.

Employer Identification Numbers

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:13

One of the less glamorous aspects of publishing your own book is the tax side of the business. Depending on how you handle the publication and sale of your book(s), you might find yourself in need of an Employer Identification Number (commonly called an EIN on tax forms). In fact, most businesses do need an EIN, which is why the IRS has placed the entire process, which is free, online here

The Business of Book Publishing: The Cost of IBook Publishing

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:44

In a previous post, we looked at the cost of a publisher publishing his or her book through Amazon, through their Kindle App. Missed it? The full article can be seen here. As you probably know as a book publisher or author, though, there are many different e-book platforms through which you can sell your book. Each comes with their own cost, rules, and regulations. Aside from Amazon's Kindle platform, Apple's iBooks is another one of the biggest e-book publishers in the country.

Design Challenge 5: Publishing and the Library of Congress

Submitted by jvb on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 20:03

The Library of Congress website is the best place to learn more about its Cataloging in Publication and Preassigned Control Number programs.

If you want to sell your book to libraries, you'll likely need help from the United States Library of Congress (LOC).

Best Practices for Accessibility in Publishing

Submitted by Belle on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 18:28

Making your books accessible for people with differing abilities is good for 3 reasons:

  1. It's the most ethical choice. By creating inaccessible material, you exclude and disrespect people.
  2. In some cases, it is the only legal choice. Check the requirements in your state/country/industry.
  3. It's a good marketing choice. Making your book accessible creates a larger possible reading population.


Making Your Book More Accessible with PDF Bookmarks

Submitted by kms on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 21:55

If you have the updated version of Adobe Acrobat (currently Adobe Acrobat Pro DC) on your computer, then using bookmarks is a simple and efficient way for self-publishers to mark their own work, and for publishers to locate places they need to return to during the editing process.  PDF bookmarks also enable readers to easily return to a previous page.


Here are five “need to know” facts and resources for authors and publishers:

The Business of Book Publishing: The Copyright Page

Submitted by mhiscock on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 16:32

For publishers and authors, the copyright page holds valuable information you should know and be able to interpret. Traditionally, the copyright page is the “second side of the first page of the book” and often contain the copyright notice, edition information, publication information, printing history, cataloging data, legal notices, and the ISBN. Authors can attribute credit to designers, production, editing, and/or illustration on this page as well.

What’s required on the copyright page?