E-Publishers’ Guides to Writing Books


Ever heard of this guy?

Chances are you haven’t, but one peek at that link will show you just how much you’re missing out on. Manuel Ortiz Braschi is one of the most prolific self-publishers on Amazon’s Kindle site and, as author of more than 3,000 e-books on topics ranging from herb gardens to potty training, seems a veritable 21st century renaissance man.

With just a bit of digging though, the Guardian profiles him as one of a growing group of self-publishers enabled by the Kindle platform to rack up as many books-and as much profit-as possible with little original effort. These ‘scrapers’ get by on aggregating topic-specific info from various sources, often already online, add some twists here and there, and voila–a book!

Emmy Komada is a translator and assistant editor at Two Lines Press, part of the Center for the Art of Translation. She likes languages, and reading, and trying to read in various languages. More from this author →