AUTHOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a recurring series of blog posts titled Product Review, in which I review goods and services that I’ve used. The author of this blog post does not receive any payment to review goods and services.
Earlier this month, I used a service called PublishDrive to publish my eBook. PublishDrive claims to be able to allow publishers to self-publish eBooks to major eBook sellers like Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Google Books, among others.
PublishDrive has multiple paid plans and a free tryout plan. As I used the free tryout plan to publish my eBook, I will be reviewing PublishDrive’s free tryout service.
The free tryout service is much simpler to use than I expected for an eBook self-publishing service, and PublishDrive was able to provide customer support to me when I needed it. Once I had the .epub file and cover image of my book ready to submit, submitting the book was as simple as uploading the .epub file to the form to submit my book and filling out the form, but that, of course, was if there weren’t any errors with the .epub file.
Being someone who wasn’t completely familiar with eBook self-publishing, there were a ton of errors with the .epub file that I uploaded the first time I submitted it. Thankfully, PublishDrive didn’t submit a book filled with source code errors to the eBook sellers and told me to correct the errors instead. I used a computer program called Calibre to correct the source code errors in my book, then, on about the third or fourth attempt, I was able to get my book submitted. On two occasions, I used the online chat feature that PublishDrive provides, and the person on the other end was very friendly and able to help me with issues that I had.
A few days after I submitted my eBook, the book was available for sale on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Rakuten Kobo, then the book was available for sale on Barnes & Noble Nook a day or two later. In my experience, PublishDrive operated more quickly than the eBook sellers like Amazon, Apple, etc. did.
I will note that, in order to publish multiple eBooks and/or to make the book available for sale on some eBook sellers, the most notable of these being Google Books, one will need a paid PublishDrive subscription. Additionally, using PublishDrive will limit authors to the eBook format only. Still, the free service is excellent for a tryout service, and the free service will allow for access to a large portion of the eBook market, including some major eBook sellers like Amazon Kindle and Apple Books, for a single eBook.
Overall, I give PublishDrive a Very Favorable rating. There is a reason why I recommend PublishDrive to those considering publishing their books in the eBook format only: if you’re publishing a book in eBook format only, PublishDrive is a fantastic service. In my experience, I encountered no issues of PublishDrive’s fault; the issues I had were of my own fault, and PublishDrive gave me opportunity to correct the issues before submitting my book.