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Short Take: The Net a publishing alternative for book authors

Aspiring authors now can turn to the Internet to publish their books. 1stBooks will digitize an author's book and publish it on the Web for around $500. Books that are published on 1stBooks are available for download for $5.95 to $25.00, with authors receiving a royalty of 40 percent of the selling price.

Aspiring authors now can turn to the Internet to publish their books. 1stBooks will digitize an author's book and publish it on the Web for around $500. Books that are published on 1stBooks are available for download for $5.95 to $25.00, with authors receiving a royalty of 40 percent of the selling price.