Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

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 …

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Guest Post: One Author’s Experience Creating Children’s Read Aloud Ebooks

By David Hoobler David Hoobler is both the author and illustrator of the Zonk the Dreaming Tortoise series. In the post below he shares his experience creating read aloud ebook versions of his children's books. Recording studios and mixing boards meant nothing to me a year ago. To me these are the realm of Rock …

Tools and Resources for Creating Ebooks

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: Ebook Creation …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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. The …

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

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. …