A couple of colleagues and I were thinking about publishing a book. I have heard repeatedly that people who go with a traditional publisher don't get any royalties, they transfer the copyrights, and on top of that, the book ends up being sold for a lot of money (which is something we're against as people from developing countries don't have access to them). Thus, after a short discussion we all agreed that going through the traditional means is no longer necessary. We're all skilled in LaTeX so we don't need the services that publishers usually provide for formatting the book. As a matter of fact, we're not planning on making any profit either, so we're very excited about the opportunity to provide the book as an open document. There are a few issues though:
- We want the book to have a digital object identifier. Is it easy to get one? Does it cost something?
- We want it to be indexed by major online databases like Google. Is it hard to do this?
- We want to make sure is cited by Scopus, Google scholar, and the web of science. Do we need an ISBN for this or the doi is enough?
- And we're thinking in having a "living" document, that will be frequently updated. Will it become really messy to do this?
- Do we need an ISBN and a bar code for anything if this will be in electronic format alone?
So I'm looking forward to getting as much information as possible in this new exciting journey of self-publishing.