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 indie-publishing service(s) they use.
All that is required is an engaging story and your ebook file.
Additionally, the SELF-e platform will enable public libraries to take submissions from their local indie authors and make those ebooks available to patrons via participating public libraries throughout their state. Libraries can make these ebooks available with no checkouts or returns and no multi-user limitations. The platform is easy to use and can accommodate any indie author.
If you have a completed book in a PDF or ePUB file, click here to submit. If you need assistance creating a PDF or ePUB file for your manuscript, click here to review our resources.
Finally, a simple and effective way to catalog and provide access to ebooks by local authors!
"Libraries are all about readers and writers connecting. Since so many of my new readers discover my books via their local libraries, it’s vital that all my books, whether traditionally published or self-published, be easily accessible to library patrons. This program helps librarians to better serve readers and authors to grow their audience, creating a perfect synergy of benefit to all book-lovers."
CJ Lyons, Best-Selling Self-Published Author
Author of over 20 Best-Selling Thrillers With Heart—2 million + books sold
"The number one challenge any author has is building an audience. Once they have an audience, they have an opportunity to grow their work professionally. Librarians can be a powerful marketing force for emerging authors, especially if they can promote the books without fear of success. The SELF-e approach to curation combined with simultaneous user-access will encourage books to be discovered and even go viral."
Hugh Howey, Best-Selling Self-Published Author
Author of over 20 Best-Selling Silo and Molly Fyde Series—2 million + books sold
“The Massachusetts Library System is working hard to expand access to ebooks and other digital content. Our partnership with BiblioBoard is an important part of our efforts. With their innovative technologies and principled approach to access, we are able to deliver content that was previously unavailable to us and to expand the audience for local authors and small presses. SELF-e represents another great step in BiblioBoard’s efforts, enabling stronger collaboration among libraries and local authors and furthering libraries contributions to creative expression and economic development.”
Steve Spohn, Statewide ebook Project Director
Massachusetts Library System
SELF-e is a discovery platform designed to expose your ebook(s) to more readers via the public library, locally or nationwide.
Authors whose ebooks are selected by Library Journal for inclusion in our SELF-e modules can use a digital badge promoting their inclusion to potential readers who may choose to purchase a copy of the title and/or to purchase other books by that author via retail channels. Ebooks that are not selected by Library Journal will still be accessible to local library patrons via state-specific modules.
There is no cost to participate.
Distribution via the SELF-e platform is royalty-free. SELF-e is a marketing and discovery service aimed at helping authors build an audience of readers.
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).
Even if your ebook is not selected for Library Journal’s SELF-e modules, you can still opt to include it in a statewide module with other local authors. Library Journal will not curate these modules; rather, the platform provides libraries with an opportunity to highlight the creative output of their state’s indie-published authors and to provide their respective communities access to ebooks by local authors.
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.
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.
Initially, we will provide select authors with usage data via a Beta program, with a goal of building out a transparent system for all authors to see how many people are reading their ebooks and where those people are (probably in mid-2015). We will also work with the general media to spotlight SELF-e’s highest-circulated ebooks. These activities will further promote participating authors and their ebooks to build readership.
If your manuscript has yet to be completed as a PDF or ePUB file, consult our SELF-e resources for assistance.
Once you sign up for the platform, we will coordinate with you to create a branded online submission form for your library, and you can direct interested local authors to that site to submit their ebooks. We will handle all of the follow-up and migration of the material into your statewide module. There is no limit to how many submissions any library can take from local authors.
No, there are no turnaways or wait lists, and there are no limits on checkouts. BiblioBoard is a multi-user access platform, so librarians can recommend their new favorite ebooks to everyone with no fears of penalties in the form of high fees or user limits. Gone are the days when success in library marketing means longer wait lists or rapidly depleted budgets. With BiblioBoard, ebooks are book club friendly and ready for an unlimited number of users to read at any time.
For libraries already using BiblioBoard, there is no additional subscription fee for the SELF-e local author submission system. There is also no additional fee to make all of your state's indie-published books available to your patrons with unlimited multi-user access.
As Library Journal-curated modules are published via the SELF-e platform in the near future, you can make purchase decisions on each one separately. A library may choose to subscribe to Romance but not Young Adult, for instance. All of the modules will contain an ample number of books at launch and will grow each quarter with newly curated indie-published ebooks, ensuring your patrons will always have something new and interesting to read.
SELF-e is a book curation and discovery service and as such is priced to represent curatorial costs rather than traditional ebook licensing. Therefore, the price will be low and within the budget of any library, large or small. We will also offer discounts to libraries that buy all of the modules.
The submission system for both SELF-e and the statewide module is free with every BiblioBoard subscription, as is the statewide module itself. To get started, contact sales or request a BiblioBoard trial here.
Founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey “in the interest of the modern library, and of those desiring to make its influence wider and greater,” Library Journal has evolved with the times to become an indispensable, multi-platform resource for library professionals. LJ believes communities thrive when libraries provide everyone free access to information, promote literacy and learning, protect intellectual freedom, and preserve cultural memory. We honor this mission and all libraries, librarians, and communities that pursue it, aspiring to act as a guide and advocate for all who benefit from what libraries offer, and produce resources and services that strengthen libraries value to their communities.
BiblioBoard Library is an award-winning platform for libraries to license and deliver digital content—ebooks, articles, documents, audio, video and images—for unlimited simultaneous user access. More than 125,000 ebooks and millions of pages of archival and historical content are available on BiblioBoard. With stunning native apps for mobile devices and a beautiful web interface, BiblioBoard is quickly becoming the digital platform of choice for library organizations around the world. License content through us, host your own licensed content, curate your archives or just deliver access to your state’s indie-published works. Whatever you choose, we promise the patron experience will be second to none.