I liked this book a lot, especially since I was fortunate enough to randomly find it for free in the Amazon top 100 free books list on the very first day I had ever looked in that list. How strange is that?
The authors writing style is very direct and down-to-earth. He is not scared to state his opinions, and provides reasons why. The book is well-written as far as formatting and grammar are concerned, so no worries there.
The book seemed to have three major sections – one on Amazon Kindle stuff (writing your book, and promoting and using Amazon tools), one on non-Amazon Kindle stuff (CreateSpace, Kobo, Smashwords, etc), and one on interviews with other authors.
I think the biggest strength of the book is the stories that the author tells from the front lines – of his own experiences with writing and updating his books, promoting them with various promotion methods, etc., of other people’s experiences that he has heard of, and of course the four big interviews with popular authors at the end of the book.
I really liked all those front-line stories because they are real-world stories. If it was my book, I might change the title to “Indie Publishing Stories from the Front Lines,” to more accurately reflect what I think is the main strength of the book.
Having said that, a big chunk of the book is devoted to leaving readers through the book sign up and promotion aspects of non-Amazon websites such as CreateSpace, Smashwords, Kobo. This information was appreciated because it educated me about the processes (and sometimes results stories) without investing the time to go to the websites and figure it all out for myself. (Not that I would, because I don’t even have a Kindle book published yet.)
The author was also kind enough to include an annotated list of 10 good books to read for Indie authors. That was also appreciated, because once again it was educational for the readers, save them some time, and pointed them in the right directions.
All in all, I think this book is a five-star book for content and price, despite the loose structure of the sections and topics. I would recommend this easily to any in the author, or person who wants to learn more about the modern self-publishing industry.