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 …

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Taking Stock of Industries Related to Book Publishing and How That Relates to the Future

Book publishers can learn a lot from their media counterparts. As the world becomes more connected, the lines between these industries is getting blurred. Keeping on top of trends then can be really helpful, in terms of getting ideas of what can be done and what to expect in the future. Here are a few headlines …

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 …

An Explanation of E-Book Formats

If you are a self-published author or someone looking to do e-book conversions, it can feel daunting at first because there are so many different formats to worry about. The two main formats, however, are EPUB and Kindle's proprietary format. EPUB can be used and read on Apple, Nook, Kobo, Sony, Google, and more devices, …

Turning Your Blog into an E-Book

I like to experiment, and recently I decided to try turning my blog into an e-book. Or more specifically, uploading my blog to Kindle as a subscription service. There are many ways to turn a blog into an e-book, and in the future I may play around with some of them. But for now, the …

Smashwords: An upgrade to help indie authors sell better ebooks

On the last day of 2012, Smashwords made an exciting announcement: authors can now directly upload epubs to the site. This might not sound like a big deal, but it kind of is. According to the Smashwords blog, as of December 31, 2012, Smashwords became "the world’s largest distributor of ebooks from self-published authors and small …

Using Pressbooks to Make EBooks

Pressbooks is a new, and more importantly, FREE, service that claims to make ebook production simple and easy. Their secret? It's built on WordPress.  According to the website, "PressBooks lets you and your team easily author and output books in multiple formats including: epub, Kindle, print-on-demand-ready PDF, HTML, and inDesign-ready XML." The way it works …

The New Kindle Format 8 (KF8)

Part 3 of the Understanding EPUB 3.0 webcast series was called An Alternative to EPUB 3.0: Inside the New Kindle Format 8 (KF8). The presenter was Joshua Tallent, president of eBook Architects. (To read my other posts on this series, see EPUB 3 and EPUB 3.0 Workflow).Joshua Tallent started the presentation with the history of …