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Release Date: 07/23/2015

The Seattle Public Library adds Self-Published Books to E-book Collection

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All Washington state authors are invited to submit their works to The Seattle Public Library's e-book collection using the new SELF-e self-publishing platform, and to attend a public reception in August to celebrate the circulation of local, self-published e-books.


The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal and BiblioBoard to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their e-book for circulation at The Seattle Public Library, libraries throughout Washington and possibly libraries nationwide.


"The Seattle Public Library is nationally known for its extensive digital collection," said Marcellus Turner, city librarian. "This investment in SELF-e expands our efforts to represent local voices in our collections and services, and supports the Library's service priority to engage with the community."


To submit an e-book to The Seattle Public Library's collection, visit www.spl.org/seattlewrites and scroll down to the SELF-e publishing link.


E-book submissions may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story collections - in any theme or genre, so long as the e-book is submitted in EPUB or PDF format. E-books may be converted to EPUB or PDF formats by using MS Word or Adobe InDesign; both programs are available on public computers at all Library locations. All submissions must be in English at this time. There is no limit on how many books an author may submit.


Submissions must be the writer's own work. An e-book may not be submitted without the author's knowledge or consent. No monetary compensation is provided, however authors are not restricted from promoting or selling their e-books in other markets. Authors of all ages may submit e-books. All submissions will be reviewed by Library Journal to see that the requirements listed in the Terms of Agreement are met (e.g., not illegal, plagiarized, commercial, malicious, etc.).


The public reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. (206-386-4636). Attendees can check out the first self-published e-book submissions, learn more about the new SELF-e service, and hear BiblioBoard's co-founder Mitchell Davis speak on self-publishing in public libraries.


The reception will include a panel discussion with authors who have published books both independently and with traditional publishing houses. Panelists will offer tips on formatting, publishing, marketing and distribution. Panelists will include:


  • Boyd Morrison, a best-selling author whose self-published book "The Ark" was picked up by Simon & Schuster.
  • Tracy Timmons-Gray, a board member for Old Growth Northwest and directer of Gay Romance Northwest who helps authors connect with readers.
  • Terry Persun, award-winning and Amazon bestselling novelist.
  • Mitchell Davis, BiblioBoard co-founder and founder of BookSurge (now Amazon's CreateSpace).
  • Davida Ingram, program and events manager for Community Engagement Services at the Library.
  • Andrew Harbison, assistant director of Collection & Access Services at the Library.


The panel will be moderated by Jeff Ayers, a public service technician at the Library who is also an author, book reviewer and Pacific Northwest Writers Association board member.


For more information, visit www.spl.org/seattlewrites or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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