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  Local authors (indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream) can create eBooks and share them with readers across the state and country using free tools provided by the Carver County Public Library.

                Create: Design and export your own eBook using Pressbooks.

Share: Share your eBook with readers across the state, and potentially the country, using SELF-e.

Read: Read books by indie authors on BiblioBoard

Create with Pressbooks

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, and/or children’s book into eBook and print-ready formats?  Pressbooks is an easy-to-use, online tool that allows you to create professional-quality versions of your book in many formats (including ePub and PDF).  You can also use the platform to write new eBooks.  After formatting in Pressbooks, SELF-e lets you publish titles on a platform for readers across Minnesota and potentially across the country. 

Connect to Pressbooks to get started creating your books through the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project website. 

Help Resources (documents) for Creating with Pressbooks: Getting Started, Tips and Tricks, Pressbooks Help Page (with links to technical support contact information, the User Guide, their Knowledge Base, tutorial videos, and more)

Share with SELF-e

SELF-e is a free discovery tool you can use to reach readers and promote your book in a statewide collection promoting Minnesota authors.  Library Journal reviews each submission and selects some titles for the SELF-e Select curated collection for readers across the country.  All SELF-e submissions must be in ePub or PDF format (you can use Pressbooks for that).

An initial review for the Minnesota collection takes a few days, this ensures submissions are technically sound and don't infringe on copyrights.  After approval, the title appears on our BiblioBoard reading platform.   The review process for SELF-e Select takes one to two months, and you'll be notified if it's selected for this collection.

Connect to SELF-e to get started sharing your books

Help resources (videos) for Sharing with SELF-e:  For Authors, What Happens After You Submit Your Work

Read with BiblioBoard

Discover the next great author before they make it big! Read books by indie authors on our BiblioBoard platform, where you’ll find books by Minnesota authors , as well as select books from across the country. 

Connect to BiblioBoard to get started reading

 Help resources (document) for Reading: Getting Started with BiblioBoard