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Can you publish your own book?

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Authors can publish their own books using print-on-demand and e-book technology. Many authors choose self-publishing over traditional publishing because it provides them with greater control over their work, and the authors receive all the profits.

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With traditional publishing, the publisher covers all the expenses, but the author only receives a small percentage of the profits. Authors who self-publish have to pay all their expenses, but they receive all the profits.

E-book technology is a very popular option that allows authors to sell and distribute their books electronically with no up front or per-book publishing costs. Self-publishing tools are available from some e-book sellers, such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. With print-on-demand technology, books are only printed when they're ordered. Which method is better depends on the author and the type of published work.

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