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Library here to help you publish the next great American novel

by BRENDEN BOBBY Contributing Writer
| September 17, 2021 1:00 AM

Have you ever read something that I’ve written and gone:”Wow, someone actually published this fool? I could write something better in my sleep!”

You’re in luck, because the library has exactly the tools you need to show me up, get your works published and potentially even make money down the road. Fun fact: in 2019, Amazon paid out over $250,000,000 to independent authors. Since everyone’s been stuck inside for almost two years, that number has very likely risen.

Anyone that’s tried writing their own book knows there is a lot of work that goes into it. It might seem challenging without extensive help and research, so that’s why the library has invested in Biblioboard, a fantastic program built for independent authors that will help you with everything from formatting your book to exporting it as an .EPUB file to be purchased, shared and downloaded across major platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and virtually every smartphone around the world.

Biblioboard is a very powerful tool for any aspiring wordsmith, granting you all the tools you need to build a successful book. Biblioboard even gives you the ability to network with other indie authors, including many that are local to our area. You can even submit your ebook to the library to share with your friends and neighbors, an important first step for building an audience and paving the way for your eventual superstardom.

Do you have your sights set a little bit higher than the local market? Eager to rub elbows with some best sellers like James Patterson, Nora Roberts or George R.R. Martin? Biblioboard can help you get there by sharing your work with regional libraries, expanding your net even further than what can typically be accomplished through traditional means.

Sounds too good to be true, right? You really won’t believe me when I tell you that this service is free, provided through the digital library at ebonnerlibrary.org.

Even if you’re just a casual reader, Biblioboard has a lot to offer. The collections of independent works are curated by professional librarians throughout the state. Your new favorite author could be waiting for you to read their latest book; you might even interact with them daily and you’d never even know.

This service can be a great and powerful tool for our community, but only if you use it. Don’t wait around and expect it to be here forever. Take charge of your dreams, and maybe you’ll be the one in the paper writing about something you love, instead of me!

Brenden Bobby can be reached at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, by phone at 208-263-6930, or email at brenden@ebonnerlibrary.org .