...this post has been prepared as part of the Book Merah Ten Year Anniversary Party... to see other posts related to the history of Book Merah, click here.
Amazon's Kindle came out in 2006. Scribd began in 2007. Around the same time, Facebook was overflowing from college campuses and becoming a curious tool of communication. (I didn't trust Facebook, though, and set up an account under the name of Alps Bethneck, because I wanted to get a feel of the friend-recommendation algorithm more than anything else.) YouTube: wow! The never-before-seen technical developments in online communication and business were coming stable--and popular. It became clear that if I wanted to become a successful self-published writer that I should do it. To delay would be a costly mistake.
My first book was about the agaricus blazei Murrill mushroom. It was POD(print on demand) and a wonderful learning exercise.Obama Search Words was my second book. I used it, and various unrelated writing experiments to learn about Scribd. OSW was featured on Scribd once(or recommended or something like that and I was thrilled! I waited for the money to roll in. It didn't, for reasons I will discuss in my next post.