In addition to making sure that your eBook is formatted to work on multiple eReaders, you need to make sure that it looks great. eBooks that are run through automatic conversion software or done using conversion guides usually end up looking sloppy and unprofessional. In building your reputation as a writer, it is important to make sure that your eBook projects a professional and polished image. Don't allow your work to get overlooked for something silly like missing sentences or misplaced images!
There are essentially three eBook conversion options: convert it yourself, use an automated conversion program, or hire an ePublisher.
Several free guides exist to help you through the process if you decide to hand format it yourself. If you have some basic HTML knowledge you should expect to spend at least 8 hours on formatting. It is certainly possible to hand format without this knowledge, but it will take a lot longer.
Another option is to use an automated conversion program. The existing programs available do produce eBooks, but there is a very high risk of errors since these programs have a limited ability to recognize subtle differences in your original file. If you use an automated conversion program and want your eBook to maintain consistency in appearance, you'll likely need to go through and fix the errors by hand after the initial conversion. You can expect to see missing text, inconsistent font size, and funny looking paragraph breaks.
The last option is to hire an ePublisher that doesn't run your book through an automated conversion program. A good ePublisher will format your book by hand, give you all of the files, and provide you with unique versions of your book that are optimized for specific eReaders.
The most common mistakes you will find when using automated conversion software are missing words, inconsistencies in font size, and improper page breaks. Here you can see the difference:
We hope you have a better idea of what is involved with the process of ePublishing. The choice is obviously yours, but we honestly think that Publish Green provides the best product in the industry. Here's why:
We do the work by hand.
We'll make your eBook work on virtually EVERY eReader. We can even create device-specific files for the Kindle, iPad, and Nook.
You get the most formatting options.
Hyperlinking footnotes, image placement, and text boxes, sidebars, and color text are no problem for us.
You own ALL of the files.
We'll give you the EPUB and MOBI files we create. You own them all. You can do whatever you'd like with these files.
We offer complete eBook distribution.
We can handle all of the distribution for your eBook through Amazon.com, the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and up to 30 more. We even create electronic sales reports for you and pay you directly.
You can focus on what you're good at.
You are a professional writer. You shouldn't have to worry about formatting and distribution (unless you want to, of course).
You earn 100% royalties.
We offer 100% royalties with all of our packages - Publish Green never earns a cent on your eBook sales.
We'd love to hear about your book.