Self-Publishing Platforms


How to Create an Audiobook for Audible: Advice for Authors, Recording and Formatting Info, and More for ACX, Audible, and iTunes

ACX is a marketplace where authors, literary agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can connect with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other Producers capable of producing a finished audiobook. The result: More audiobooks will be made.

ACX is brought to you by, an, Inc. subsidiary, and a leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment. Audible specializes in the spoken experience, providing digital audio editions of books, newspapers and magazines, original programming, and TV and radio subscriptions.

ACX shares Audible’s distribution channels. Audible provides an unmatched selection of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store. The audiobooks you produce with ACX get distributed via Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.






With CreateSpace you can easily access tools, quality printing, booksellers,   eBook distribution, and marketing strategies so that you can generate more opportunities than you imagined – all while building your following of readers. Through their services, you can sell books for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, while maintaining more control over your materials. Setup is free and easy with their online tools. You’ll never have to worry, with state of the art print on demand technology, about inventory or minimum orders. Plus, make your titles available to millions of customers worldwide on, Amazon’s European websites, CreateSpace eStore and through our Expanded Distribution option.






Kindle Direct Publishing

Publish your books independently with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) at the Amazon Kindle Store. You can enter book details, upload your book file, manage sales reports and update account information in your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Bookshelf. Make changes to your book at any time. Publish once and reach readers worldwide. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes. Your book appears on Amazon within 24 hours. Make your book available on Kindle devices and on free Kindle apps.

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4 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Platforms”

  1. Nice article on self-publishing platforms.

    This is the first I have heard of ACX. Seems really interesting. Impressive how technology is racing and bringing more opportunities to self-publishers to gain readership in the online world.

    I have tried Amazon Kindle services and I have to say I had a hard time working with their editor. I tried uploading an ebook i made on another platform, and all the formatting got messed up. Then i tried building the ebook on Kindle’s platform and i found it not user friendly.

    Have you tried using Amazon Kindle platform?

    What is your take on it?

    Createspace seems really interesting. I think it will be my selection for my next ebook attempt.

    What is your personal experience with Createspace?

    Solid article. Keep up the great work!


    1. Hello Janakhan

      I publish (so far) everything on Createspace.I do this because Amazon bought it years ago and publishing there is a fast track to being listed on both sites.They (Createspace) asks if you want to make a Kindle Book and if you say yes, your book is reformatted and automatically posted on Kindle.I have had little luck with using software or having Createspace do the formatting. I use a service provider from for book formats and cover designs.Keeps things inexpensive and Hassel free.

      The next book I publish, I am going to give a try.They do a lot of sales tracking.They provide additional guidance to raise your book ratings. I think also their commissions system is better.


  2. I’ve wanted to write my own book and start selling it for a while now, but I’ve never been super sure on the publishing / selling side of things.

    I was thinking of just starting out with a “digital only” version of the book so that I wouldn’t have to worry too much about getting hard copies of it created and then ship them out to each individual customer.

    Although it seems like CreateSpace can alleviate those particular problems with their print on demand feature. Still… do you think it would be more profitable to go though someone like them or to just publish it digitally on something like Amazon’s Kindle store?

    1. Hello Nick

      I use both Kindle and Createspace.  I have sold books from each platform.  I started off with Createspace and subsequently over time, I have sold more off Createspace.  You should know however that Createspace does give you the option to posting over to Kindle as well.  I like that function however I do not much like the outcome of the rollover feature.  Book doesn’t seem to format too well in my opinion.  My solution has been to have the book formatted via a Fiverr and post it myself onto Kindle.

      As for hard copies, you get a good rate.  Likely have a higher profit margin if you have a really great advertising campaign in place.  It is all a coin toss really.  Good luck with any and all your efforts!



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