Kindle/ePub Publishing Methods

7 thoughts
last posted Dec. 6, 2012, 5:21 p.m.

5 earlier thoughts


Option: Manual Conversion + Sendy/Mailchimp + Stripe

Content could be converted using Sigil+Calibre or pandoc+Calibre. Sendy is self-hosted email sending software, Stripe for payments.


  • Ongoing fees are very small. On subscription payments, 2.5% + $0.30. Outgoing emails are $0.10 per 1,000 on Sendy; Mailchimp is free up to 2,000 subscribers, after that it costs between $8-$20 per 1,000 subscribers (depending on the plan, up to 10k subscribers)
  • Complete control over formatting
  • Fully branded experience


  • Potential dealkiller: it's unclear to me whether any of these services allow you to attach ePub/mobi files to your mass emails.
  • Managing subscriber payments, device preferences, support requests, could be a nightmare
  • Manual conversion of content could easily require adding several fussy steps to publishing workflow.

1 later thought