Have also been looking into what's involved in an Amazon book-seller account, and how to work with brick-and-mortar bookstores, albeit they seem to have been hit particularly hard in the current economic downturn, as well as by e-books taking over the trade market.
Then there's ISBN numbers, CIP block, a barcode, and a b/w portrait for the "about the author" page (where's that guy when I need him?! I wanna LOOK good!!)
Anyway, it's all interesting. With a bit of cash, I should be able to print sometime next year.
(OK, so who cares what else is going on in the world? Dictators come, dictators go, but I'll only be published for the first time once!)