Write an e-book.
E-books are just book-format publications that are distributed electronically, rather than printed on paper. Because there’s basically no cost to publish an e-book, pretty much anybody with an idea can do it.
Take it easy on yourself. Unlike a paper-and-ink book, your e-book doesn’t have to be any particular number of pages. In fact, most e-books that are written to generate income are more like e-pamphlets than whole books.
Choose a subject that will generate interest. Nonfiction is almost always a better choice than fiction. Oddly enough, e-books that tell people how to make money selling e-books are a popular option, and they apparently sell enough to at least offset the trouble of writing them.
Write in an area where you can claim some kind of authority. It’ll add cachet to your book. You don’t need to show credentials, but you should write about something you’re better at than the average Joe.
Pick a publishing option. There are a few free ways to get your e-book published.
- The most basic option is to save the book as a PDF file, and lock it with a password that you send to people who buy your book. Once the password is out there, anyone with the password can open the book.
- Createspace is an Amazon.com service that allows you to publish e-books for free on the Amazon website. It offers better usage protection than the PDF method, but can’t be directly distributed from anywhere other than Amazon’s website. Createspace also has a number of paid services and options available. To maximize your Facebook profit, avoid using them.
- ReaderWorks is a program that easily formats and published e-books in Microsoft Reader format, one of the most common e-book formats on the web. The Basic version of the program doesn’t offer any security, but it’s free and easy to learn. There’s a paid version of ReaderWorks that adds digital rights management (DRM) protection. Only opt in for the paid version if you’re going to be making a lot of books with it.