Createspace.com is the self-publishing arm of Amazon.com. After hooking up with a local author who was seeking a "Social Media Guru" via a Craigslist ad I discovered the world of self-publishing. Had it not been for my new position with Mr. Local Author I did not consider the self-publishing field as a venue for my skill set as a Web developer. Now, it makes sense. Essentially, formatting content is the crux of the self-publishing world. Since my literary abilities are limited (thankfully) to this blog it took Mr. Author's work to drive me toward adding "Self-Publisher" to my resume.
The platform Createspace provides all the tools necessary for publishing market-ready physical softcover books. ISBN numbers are provided free of charge. Templates for interior and cover art are also available. Obtaining a Library of Congress number is the only service I had to pay for while creating Mr. Author's book. The cost for this feature is a reasonable $49. E-publishing is also possible with the platform. Different templates than what is necessary for physical books are required for e-books but are not any more tricky to format. Searching throughout the platform for the option to publish a hardcover version proved fruitless. There are options for that online but this is beyond the scope of this post.
Self-publishing using the Createspace platform was an exciting adventure. However, it is not for a tech novice. Assistance for formatting text, cover design, and marketing is available to those who need it but for a cost. Using the entire gamut of assistance available at Createspace makes the entire publishing process extremely simple. The downside is cost. Shelling out roughly $2500 will fetch you an excellent book usable across all platforms that will make any author proud.
I am considering developing tutorials for some of the more difficult aspect of the platform. Feedback to this post will help determine which feature to focus on first.