I have self published my first book Robotics Programming 101. For this book I used CreateSpace for the soft cover and Kindle Direct Publishing for the Kindle version.
All in all it was a good experience. I had more issues with formatting than I did writing the actual code and copy for the book. I was able to hire an editor and illustrator on oDesk to help with editing and cover art.
Now hopefully I can just sell a few issues to pay for the production cost!
I’ve struggled to put together a book idea into a coherent logical sequence. Something like:
- here’s the overall pattern/theme
- part 1 of pattern
- part 2 of pattern
- part 1 connects to part 2 like this but not like that
- summary of the pattern
But I’ve noticed as I am reading (very popular books) that the books have a basic title and a coherent table of contents, but there’s very little beauty in how the book is put together or woven from one topic to the next. The books are more-or-less, just a loosely connected collection of thoughts, connected by a table of contents and a title.
I’ve purchased and read a lot of books now that I have Kindle for the iPad and I’m thinking that maybe I’ve been trying too hard, the bar has been lowered… Sad.. Glad…