Sunday, 28 February 2010

Hints and Tips for self-publishing testers

On this, barely my third day of self-publishing an electronic ebook. I somehow feel qualified to pass on a few tips to anyone thinking of going down that road.
I quickly learned that I should not use to build a wee self-contained community, where you can keep your beta customers up to date with future releases, because doesn’t tell you anything about the people that bought your book (or if it does, I could not find the option).

So after a quick look around to see what I could do to prevent that happening with any more people joining the beta programme I found e-junkie. They offer a pretty simple system where they host the digital assets and provide custom URLs to purchases, and have a handy newsletter facility to help you mail anyone that buys a specific product. Hopefully this will work out better.
And because I couldn’t get the preview function to correctly generate a 69 page preview, I had already moved my preview over to, a ‘social publishing site’ for documents. This seems like a convenient hosting solution for pdfs so I may use this for other pdfs I have littered around my web site. (other alternatives to
So in three days I’ve managed to work my way through 3 different electronic distribution mechanisms.
I still plan on using for the final distribution of Selenium Simplified, but at that point I won’t have to support the beta community so it should work out better.
And if you do plan on self-publishing, check out these must read blog posts from Gojko Adzic:

1 comment:

  1. Good choices. It's best to conduct tests/experiments before launching your campaigns. In that way, you'll learn what's the most efficient way to penetrate your market. Thanks for sharing.

    Yup, test before you launch, or get ready to change fast :)