Archive Montréal is a non-profit organization with the mandate of simultaneously promoting and preserving local independent culture. Its collections comprise thousands of cultural artifacts, both physical and digital. Archive Montréal is also behind the projects dedicated to promotion of the arts, Expozine et Distroboto.

Expozine Montreal’s small press, comic and zine fair, is Canada’s largest zine fair and one of North America’s largest small press fairs! The 2015 edition will take place November 14 – 15 and will present a conference as well as a round table on the theme of digital publishing and E-books.

Distroboto machines are former cigarette machines which no longer sell cigarettes, but instead, sell art in the form of miniature books, crafts, comics, music, film, animation and more, all sold for only $2.00 each in libraries, cultural centers, cafés and concert venues in Montreal and elsewhere.

Library and e-lending resources and royalties

Legal Deposit: Canadians who publish their materials in Canada are required to deposit copies with Library and Archives Canada, where they will be added to the national library and archives. This is usually necessary before an author or publisher can register to receive royalties from the library system.

For legal deposit of online or digital publications with the National Library of Canada.

How to deposit digital publications to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

The Canadian Electronic Library is just one of several services that provide Canadian libraries with electronic publications.

The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. PLR payments are not based on loans but rather the presence of a title in a library catalogue. You will be able to register electronic books (ebooks) with the PLR Program as of February 15, 2016, when the next registration period opens.

Selling, distributing, promoting electronic publications

For selling publications through Amazon: Kindle Direct Publishing.

For selling publications through the iBooks Store: FAQ for authors and publishers.

Grants and arts funding for electronic publications (Quebec)

The provincial CALQ (Conseil des Arts et de Lettres du Québec) arts council: Measure to support the Creation and development of original digital cultural content.

Other resources

Author Earnings: This site “for authors, by authors” tracks statistics about the self-publishing and publishing industry.

Pressbooks, a Canadian-created provider of software for the creation of print and electronic books.