FastPencil: Another Way to Self-Publish Your eBook

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We haven’t covered FastPencil yet. It’s a fairly new self-publishing and social networking site that launched in beta in July 2009. Here’s a little more on the site’s ambitions from a recent Publishers Weekly story:

CEO Steve Wilson told PW the company has been pleased with its reception since launch. FastPencil now has “several thousand” users and “several thousand projects” in its system. Users have published 100 books through FastPencil so far, and Wilson’s goal for 2010 is to publish upwards of 2,000.

Until this month, FastPencil had only offered publication in PDF format, but on January 7th, the company launched a new multi-format eBook publishing platform. The platform offers some handy features, including automated TOC generation, various eBook formats, and POD printing options.

This site joins similar communities like Scribd and Smashwords, that offer streamlined ways of self-publishing eBooks in a social networking environment. We’ll have more on these sites in the future.