Year after year, the world is introduced to a great many books covering everything from Raspberry Pi to the cosmos. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that hundreds of these bypass typical publishing routes and instead take a DIY approach. Self-publishing has become much easier and cost-effective for budding authors in recent years, thanks by and large to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. There are also book printing services like print24.com to give credit to, as these have given self-publishing authors a simple process for getting their books into the hands of readers.
Apart from the benefits of keeping all the profits from book sales, self-publishing authors confess that they like the idea of no meddling editors to change their vision. Having to complete all the marketing themselves is said to be a drain, but word can spread pretty fast via social media these days, which makes self-publishing a viable option.
To celebrate all that is self-publishing, we rounded up a few interesting books on science and technology that were written and published by the author.
50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
Published in 1989 not by a single author as such, but by the Earthworks Group, the book delves deep into some great tips for being eco-friendly – tips that many of us still aren’t really practicing in 2019. With hints on reducing paper and water waste, as well as eye-opening details on the impact of the seemingly relentless meat industry, 50 Simple Things… is easy to read and is something everyone in the world should be picking up. Earthworks Group released a follow-up in 2009, titled ‘The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth,’ which hopefully means good habits are being set for our future generations.
Many people might know the 2015 movie of the same name starring Matt Damon, but it was the 2011 self-published book written by Andy Weir which blew people away first. An extraordinary and potentially very real take on a stranded astronaut on Mars, The Martian was initially only $0.99 on Amazon and quickly sold 35,000 copies in three months. Readers were clearly captivated by the realistic and well-researched story, with the author taking years to study orbital mechanics, astronomy, and human spaceflight. The book’s rights were bought by Podium Publishing and The Martian was re-released in 2014 to end up topping The New York Times bestseller list for weeks.
Ansible for DevOps: Server and configuration management for humans
When trying to navigate the murky seas of open-source software, one can feel like there’s really no lighthouse out there to help show the way. Analogies aside, this is exactly what author Jeff Geerling felt about Ansible: a useful but potentially confusing server and configuration management tool. In his guide, Geerling goes into the basics of installation and setting up the basic files, but then gets serious and discusses the major features of system admin and app deployment that is possible on Ansible. Great for newbies to Ansible and anyone who needs a refresher.