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Publishing an ebook

Last updated 2742 days ago by Lindsay Clark

imageeBooks are electronic, downloadable books that can easily be accessed on a wide range of eReader devices and platforms, like the iPad, NOOK, Kindle, and your home computer. By publishing an eBook of your own, you are empowering yourself to share your remarkable knowledge and ideas with readers all over the world – anywhere, anytime. (Lulu, 2013)

Before you dive in, be aware that more than 20 common ebook formats exist today. Although some are readable on multiple devices, you'll find no single format that every device can read. On top of that, screen sizes vary, so page sizes, image formats, image sizes, and other elements vary, too.

You should plan out which e-readers to target before you start formatting. Your choice of devices will dictate which formats you can use and how to make it.

The most popular ebook file formats-the ones that most devices can read-include plain text, Adobe PDF, ePub, and HTML. Most e-readers can display images as well, although some, such as Amazon’s Kindle, have only monochrome screens. If you think people will read your ebook on a monochrome e-reader, make sure that the images look good in black and white. (PC World, 2012)

I want my ebook to show up on the iBookstore.*

*This option is free if you want your book to be free to the public. Great for media-rich or text-only, interactive ebooks. Integrates with iTunes U.

iBooks Author (for starters) --> iBookstore

  1. Download the iBooks Author app on the App Store (it's free) and start constructing your ebook.
    1. Templates include a choice of page designs with fonts, colors, and textures. Book Navigator organizes your book and add a cover, table of contents, and glossary. Widgets include interactive photo galleries, movies and audio, interactive reviews, Keynote files, interactive images, 3D objects, and custom HTML. Preview tool to view your book in iBooks on an iPad to see how it looks and works.
  2. Use your Apple ID to sign in to iTunes Connect and get a Free Books Account. iTunes Connect is the web-based tool you need to use to put content into the iBookstore.
  3. This will send an e-mail to your Apple ID account, which you must click to get into iTunes Connect (check your mail's spam folder, just in case).
  4. Download iTunes Producer. iTunes Producer is a tool to help you deliver your books for sale on the iBookstore. You use it to upload your books and provide all the required information, such as title, publisher, publication date, and so on.
  5. Export your ebook from the iBooks Author and open it in iTunes Producer. The book file must be less than 2GB and should be less than 20MB to enable easy downloading on mobile devices.
  6. Use iTunes Producer to deliver your book to the iBookstore.
  7. Use iTunes Connect to track how your book does!

Pages (if you're already savvy) --> iBookstore

  1. Create your ebook using Pages. Note that there are great templates on Pages for such layouts as Lab Notes, Travel Journals, Education Scrapbooks, Research Papers, Syllabi, etc.
    1. It's also possible to put .pdf files on the iBookstore. Choose Share > Export, and click PDF. Select image quality and security options, click Next, type a name and choose a location for the file, and click Export.
  2. Save your final ebook file as an ePub. If you're curious about possible iBook features, read the FAQs.
  3. Use your Apple ID to sign in to iTunes Connect and get a Free Books Account. iTunes Connect is the web-based tool you need to use to put content into the iBookstore.
  4. This will send an e-mail to your Apple ID account, which you must click to get into iTunes Connect (check your mail's spam folder, just in case).
  5. Open your .ePub file in iTunes Producer. The book file must be less than 2GB and should be less than 20MB to enable easy downloading on mobile devices.
  6. Use iTunes Producer to deliver your book to the iBookstore.
  7. Use iTunes Connect to track how your book does!

I want my ebook to show up on Kindle.*

*This option is free and good for text mostly or only.

  1. Use Microsoft Word to create your future ebook. Follow this simple guide to understand how to format your Word .doc in a way that will look good on Kindle.
  2. While working on your ebook, save it as a .doc or .docx file. When you are finished with the ebook and ready to publish it, save it as a Web Page (.htm).
  3. Head to the Kindle Direct Publishing site, watch the explanatory video, and log-in with your Amazon account.
  4. Click on "Add a new title" and upload your file to KDP. Follow instructions for formatting.

I want to make an ebook in the easiest way possible.*

*This option is free and only for use on apps such as Preview, Adobe Reader, iPad readers, and web browsers.

  1. You can export your book as a PDF file from Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Pages. These can be viewed or printed using Preview, Adobe Reader, or any PDF reader application. Hyperlinks work in the PDF, but other interactive media (widgets), such as movies and 3D objects, might not work as expected.
  2. Now, just distribute your .pdf file via e-mail or upload to the internet and share the URL.

I want my media-rich ebook to look good on the iPad and possibly get printed.*

*This option costs 9.99 USD or more.

  1. Head to Blurb.com where you can use their editor to lay out your text and images and publish from there.

There are many more services, but I'm recommending that you start with these workflows.