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Self-E Connects Libraries and Self-Publishers


A new, yet-to-be-launched service will (finally) get self-publishers’ books in the hands of librarians. Via Library Journal:

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

If selected via Library Journal’s SELF-e curation process, the author’s ebooks will become part of a unique discovery platform for participating public libraries across the United States that enables patrons to read ebooks on any device, at any time. This free service is available to all self-published authors, no matter which self-publishing service(s) they use.

All that is required is an engaging story, and your ebook file.

If you’re ready to share your ebook with library patrons, visit our submission portal to start the process.

That submission portal isn’t live yet, but there’s a lot of interesting information at BiblioBoard on how the process will work.

What do you do with my ebook if it is included in the SELF-e platform?

You give us a non-exclusive license to make your book available to public library patrons via subscribing institutions in the public library market, including subscribing public libraries in your state. Authors and their publishing service providers/future publishers are not restricted in any manner from promoting and selling their ebooks to any market (including the public library market via other vendors).

What do I need to submit to be part of this program?

You will need to agree to the terms of the program (click-through agreement), and then submit digital files for your ebooks in either PDF, ePUB 2 or 3 format. We also ask for some basic metadata to aid in the curation and discovery of your ebook. The submission process is simple and only takes about five minutes to complete.

What happens after I submit? When will I know whether I have been selected by Library Journal or not?

Assuming your ebooks are in the correct format and pass our technical requirements (we will contact you if they don’t), they will then go through a comprehensive curation process at Library Journal. We will take submissions throughout the summer and fall, and the first selections will be made later this year. You will then be notified via email letting you know if your ebook has been selected and in which module it will appear.