Tools and Resources for Creating Ebooks

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By Kullman (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Ebooks are great. You can carry around as many with you as you’d like at one time, and you can easily share what you’re reading with friends. Ebooks are also the easiest way for indie authors to sell their work. For authors who are interested in making their own books, here’s a list of resources: Continue reading

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Ebook Creation: Fixed Format vs. Reflowable Ebooks

I’ve been working on the second book in my How to Create Ebooks series, which will be focused on making fixed format ebooks. Fixed format ebooks work particularly well for children’s picture books, though there are number of other useful ways to use the format.

I came across a video on Lynda.com (full disclosure, I am an affiliate) recently that does a great job showing the differences between reflowable ebooks (usually used for novels and text-heavy books) and fixed format ebooks. Hopefully this clears things up for anyone who was wondering!

Comparing the looks of fixed vs. flowable EPUBs

Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

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By Per Palmkvist Knudsen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create your own beautiful ebooks.

But there are a myriad of other options. Below are some examples: Continue reading

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. Continue reading

How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my online course, which has a number of videos that demonstrate the steps.  Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 6): KF8 Magnify Text

In this series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, how to embed fonts, and how to implement the read aloud function. In this post I’ll go over how code for KF8, so that hot spots (where you touch the page) can magnify text. This only works for Kindle ebooks, so you will have to create/copy your current epub file and make a new one. You will also want to delete all the code for the read aloud functionality, since it will not work for Kindle. Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 5): Read Aloud Code

In this series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, and how to embed fonts. In this post I’ll go over how add read aloud functionality to your children’s story. I recommend this only for fixed format children’s ebooks, because it can be tedious adding all the extra code (and children’s books are nice and short). Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 4): Embedding Fonts

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So far in this series, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, and how to place text. In this post I’ll go over how to embed fonts, to make your ebook even more unique. You can use this trick for both fixed format ebooks and reflowable ebooks. Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 3): Placing Text

Fixed_Format_text_example

In the last two posts of this series, I covered how to set up a fixed format ebook and how to add images to a fixed format ebook. In this post I’ll cover how to place text on specific parts of a fixed format ebook’s “page,” which includes placing text on top of the image. Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 2): Adding Images

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In my last post on creating fixed format ebooks, I covered how to set up your files in Sigil so that ereaders and tablets know to treat your ebook like a fixed format ebook. This post I’ll talk about how to treat images in picture ebooks. Continue reading