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

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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 from other forms of media that can help inform people in book publishing:

Music

Movies, TV, Video

Comics

Games

Education

News, Blogs

Ads

Content

Design

Monetization

Startups, Niche

All this connectedness, combined with lower barriers to entry, have made it easier than ever for people to start their own startups. Not all are successful, but they are all interesting.

Apps

Books

Book Publishers

Book Publishing

Book Recommendations

Lessons

Niche

Tech

Future, Trends

After taking a look at other industries, as well as new companies in the book industry, it’s interesting to read about trends and predictions for the future.

Authors

Design

Marketing

News

Predictions

Research

Ebooks

Last, it’s fun to see all the pieces starting to come together in the form of ebooks. There’s a lot of interesting developments in the EPUB world.

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

An Explanation of E-Book Formats

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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, and Kindle’s format can only be read on Kindle devices. Here’s a breakdown of the EPUB and Kindle formats and what that means for developers and publishers: Continue reading

Turning Your Blog into an E-Book

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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 Kindle version was simple enough that I could set it up in a few minutes, and for the next few weeks I’ll be monitoring it to see if it’s worthwhile.  Continue reading

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 independent presses.” And now that authors can directly upload epubs to the site, Smashwords will not be limited to novels, short stories, and other books that are mostly narrative. Because authors now have the ability to upload their epub, they can sell their enhanced ebooks, children’s books, and other illustrated works through Smashwords to retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more. Continue reading

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). Continue reading