We are currently witnessing a revolution in the way books are written, published, and read. Authors are increasingly using digital technologies to become publishers and distributors of their own work, and readers are beginning to embrace new formats, genres, and reading devices that better conform to their reading needs.
The Digital Scholar serves as a resource for independent scholars, academics, and other thought leaders who want to take advantage of these new publishing technologies. By using the resources on this website, you can begin to take control over the distribution of your writing, ideas, and scholarship, whether you are an academic or a scholar who is unaffiliated with an educational institution.
- Blogging – Blogs are a powerful way to connect with readers and to market and distribute your writing. They allow you to publish articles instantaneously with minimal effort, and their format practically compels you to produce content on a regular basis. These resources will help you set up a blog and guide you along as you develop it.
- e-Book Publishing – E-books are fast becoming popular with readers, and publishing one is incredibly easy. From a simple text or Word document, you can make your e-book available for free or for sale. You can even receive feedback on it from other readers. These resources will help you publish your e-book in almost no time.
- Independent Publishing – Do you want to see your book in print, but don’t have the patience to follow the rigorous process of finding a publisher? Self-publishing still harbors all kinds of negative connotations, but it isn’t what it used to be. For this reason, I prefer to think of self-publishing as “independent publishing.” These resources can help you get your book into print for little or no cost, whether you eventually plan to find an established publisher for your book or go it alone.
- Research Resources – Independent scholars face extra challenges in accessing needed resources for their scholarship, especially since many important databases are expensive and are only available through educational institutions. Here are some free resources for independent scholars, along with some tips on finding what you need. Academics affiliated with an educational institution may find these resources helpful as well.
- On Digital Scholarship – There are plenty of websites addressing aspects of digital scholarship that are not produced by educational or other institutions. Here are links to some of them.
- Digital Scholars – Do you want to see digital scholars in action? This list of websites and blogs published by digital scholars can help inspire you to create your own digital publishing platform for your scholarship. You will also find profiles of digital scholars who discuss why they decided to start publishing their scholarship digitally.
- Bookstore – Buy books that can help you become a digital scholar.
Related Articles from The Digital Scholar
- What Is a Digital Scholar? – My definition of a Digital Scholar.
- The Author as Publisher – Authors are increasingly becoming publishers of their own work.
- Where Should I Start? – On why you should start with a blog if you want to become a Digital Scholar.
- You Should Start a Blog If . . . – Ten reasons why you should start a blog.