FotoJet, an Online Collage Maker, Graphic Designer, and Photo Editor

Visuals are an important aspect of building platforms. Think about it. What is more likely to catch your eye on Twitter or Facebook? A few words and maybe a link, or a strong image that conveys a message? There's a reason for the idiom, "a picture is worth a thousand words." With that in mind, …

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A Look at Interactive Ebooks

Interactive, multimedia ebooks are starting to gain some traction. In addition to embedding audio and video, some ebook creators are experimenting with game elements, using GPS, and adding activities. A year ago, Digital Book World discussed why enhanced ebooks were not taking off yet. According to Peter Costanzo, "The main problem is that the market …

Indie Authors: Digital Comics

Novels, children picture books, and even cookbooks are often discussed in the digital publishing realm, but another type of book is gaining more prominence: comic books. Comics are generally fixed format, because they are so image heavy and where the text is place matters (or else it doesn't make sense). So, to make an EPUB …

Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover

Last year, I published the first book in my series for beginners on how to make ebooks (currently working on the second, which will focus on fixed format, or children's books). It was my second book, and I had learned a few lessons from when I published my first book. This time around, I did …

iBooks Author Templates

Ebooks come in a few different formats. I write a lot about EPUB and MOBI/KF8 on this site, which are the formats used by pretty much everyone (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google, Sony, etc.). But there is another format: iBooks (iba). Apple sells EPUB, but the company also developed their own proprietary format in early 2012. …

Indie Authors: Formatting Books in InDesign

Adobe's InDesign is a wonderful tool. The software is expensive, though if you are a student or teacher you can get a slight discount, but if you have access to it I highly recommend using it. InDesign can be used to layout a book PDF, as well as be the starting point for an ebook. …

Turning Your Ebook Into an App

Sometimes it makes sense for a book to be transformed into an app. Forbes wrote a piece back in 2012 about whether the future of books will be as apps. Two years later, and it doesn't seem to be true, but in some cases it could work. New tools have made it easier for authors …

Indie Authors: Designing Books and Choosing Fonts

Indie authors are sometimes called authorpreneurs, because they have to act like entrepreneurs and make all the decisions about their books. This includes how to design books. And one of the most important design elements is typography. Butterick's Practical Typography has a great overview of what constitutes typography and why it matters. Keep in mind that …

Book Designer Templates NaNo Giveaway

Here's a quick post about an amazing giveaway happening right now. Book Design Templates, which sells easy to use book templates as Word docs, is doing a special NaNoWriMo giveaway that includes 30% off all templates and prizes including gift cards and tablets. Learn more about Book Design Templates at http://www.bookdesigntemplates.com!

Polishing a Self-Published Book

I read a couple really helpful articles on Digital Book World that can help indie authors. The first gives some tips on how to design a cover optimized for Amazon, and all the other retailers where readers only see a thumbnail image. The second article gives a list of front matter and other tips on …