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E-books

The two major formats for e-books are MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, every other modern ereader in the English-language universe except Kindle). View my e-book portfolio.

E-books will look slightly different on different ereaders, just as websites look different in different browsers and on different monitors. We’re currently in the Wild West of e-books, like website browsers were 10 years ago.

As e-books mature, I expect ereaders to follow standards more closely. For this reason, I use standards-compliant code so your e-books will look good in future as well as current ereaders.

Building the e-book version fits into my regular book production workflow. Directly after completing the print version, I build the EPUB file using the same files as the print version, fine-tune the code inside the EPUB, validate it according to the latest EPUB standard, then export to MOBI format.

If you are releasing only an e-book version or your print-version book has already been produced elsewhere, I will build an EPUB from your word processor, InDesign, or PDF files.

Your e-book will have

  • a cover (artwork must be provided by you or cover design added to the services requested)
  • a table of contents
  • chapters that start on new pages
  • linked footnotes or endnotes
  • links to your website or e-mail address
  • other elements specific to your book

Your e-book will be validated with epubcheck and visually inspected on Kindle, Nook, and Apple hardware.

If your budget is tight; if your book has no footnotes, tables, or other highly formatted text; and if you don’t care whether your chapters start on a new page or that your copyright symbol looks like “?” or “(c)” instead of ©, you might prefer to use a service like Smashwords. Smashwords will accept your word processor file that has been formatted to their specifications, convert it to e-book format, and submit it to various buy tetracycline online booksellers. They take a small percentage of sales as their reward. Although I don’t recommend Smashwords for serious publishers, it is a good solution for many authors.