inflex writes: After successfully self publishing my wife's fantasy novel in dead-tree format using LyX, GIMP and Inkscape in Linux, we're now trying to choose the best path to take in order to release it as an e-book. There are many options available to us — Amazon, Lightning Source, Google's ePub or finally ordinary plain PDF. Optimistally we'd love to go with PDF but are worried about blatent copying, contract lock-in, distribution and compatibility with the multitude of eBook readers.
inflex writes: After years of hard work my wife's first fantasy novel "Tree of Life" ( treeoflifethebook.com ) has been published in print form. We are now trying to decide which e-book route to take. As an Open-source supporter, developer and now a publishing manager, I find myself conflicted over the DRM, freedom and control balance of the various options currently available. For background, my wife wrote the book in Ubuntu Linux, using LyX for the final output and a combination of Inkscape and GIMP for the artwork.