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Offline Sheree

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self publishing on Google
« on: January 21, 2006, 06:26:58 PM »
Could someone help me figure out whether this is doable? As far as I can tell, all I need is an ISBN to promote a book on Google. I can send it via pdf file, and badda bing badda boom. This seems a major short-cut to publishing. Am I missing something??

http://books.google.ca/intl/en/googlebooks/publisher.html?sourceid=gp&subid=CA-HA-publishing_resources&utm_campaign=publishing_resources-ca&utm_term=publishing%20tips

http://books.google.com/googlebooks/author_faq.html

http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/index.asp

 ???

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Re: self publishing on Google
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2006, 03:55:54 PM »
Hi Sheree

It looks feasible to me, especially if your books are self-published. If you have a publisher, it is likely that they will control the distribution rights, so (as it says on the Google Book Search page) you will need to liaise with your publishers about it.

It's only fair to say that this project of Google's is quite controversial, however. Many authors and publishers object to having their work scanned in by Google. If people can access the content of your book via Google search, there is a risk they won't want to buy the book itself (thus harming your sales). Google say this won't happen, but not everyone is convinced about that.

So, proceed carefully would be my advice! I'll try to post links to relevant news stories later.

Nick

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Re: self publishing on Google
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006, 06:45:34 PM »
Thanks for the info Nick.  :)

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Re: self publishing on Google
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006, 08:56:17 AM »
Check out my writing blog at www.entrepreneurwriter.net. I also have a new UK personal finance blog called Pounds and Sense.

Offline Sheree

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Re: self publishing on Google
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006, 12:16:22 AM »
Ta.  :) I can understand the concern for established authors, but for someone wanting a break, this seems a good way to get your name/product out there. So long as you have control. I guess it is similar to the music industry. I expect authors will eventually come to similar compromises.

Ooooh... I cannot help but drool over those otherwise inaccessible texts kept in the murky dungeons of Stanford, Oxford, etc.  :P
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