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eBook Publishing

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Amazon.com/Amazon.uk Link

 

 

Amazon.com

Another 5 Star Review for Easy eBook Publishing!




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Amazon Review


Another 5 Star Review for Easy eBook Publishing!



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There's a useful site to help you redirect customers if you sell things (I sell eBooks) internationally on the internet:

 

SmartURL

 

Go ahead click the above link. Now open another page and go to the product you wish to sell. For this "test" I will use one of my books at Amazon.it........

Pubblica il tuo eBook 

 

This is my book in italian at Amazon.it. This book is available at ALL Amazon outlets worldwide. Rather than list each and every link, now you can simply set a redirect using SmartURL. Once it is set, your customer will redirected to his/her local Amazon regardless of their country. So that if the customer were in UK and wished to buy your book, when they clicked on the italian link they would be redirected to the UK shop.

 

Try it out and see if you think this is useful.

 

 

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Disponibile per la consegna immediata 

 

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iTunes.com

iTunes.it

iTunes.UK

iTunes.fr

Kobo.it

Smashwords.com

diesel-ebooks.com

Amazon.com

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Buy it Right HERE! DIRECT from me.

 

3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
Di franzp
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato Amazon
Ho acquistato per curiosità perchè ritengo l'argomento interessante. Ho trovato il libro sintetico, ma molto chiaro e sufficiente per cominciare a capire. In un paio di ore sono stato in grado di vedere sul kindle un primo esperimento con un documento da me scritto e diviso in capitoli. Consigliabile.

 

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Barney Schwartz has provided a “how to, step by step” manual that delivers an enormous amount of help to any prospective, self publishing ebook author The Table of Contents outlines the various roots that Easy ebook Publishing will cover allowing the reader to roam from section to section depending on their requirements. Whether you’re a beginner or are familiar with ebook publishing you are sure to benefit from this resourceful guide to publishing on Amazon and Smashwords, the two most major and utilised ebook websites. Barney has provided screen shots of the entire ebook publishing process through Windows, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.org which come in handy to those that are not computer literate. Practice through the ebook publishing process is presented in this book in an easy friendly manner with effortless examples, and approaches ebook self publishing with ease and simplicity. This in turn benefit’s the reader and the prospective author to follow their intended path of ebook publishing for future direction and / or ongoing point of reference. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is venturing into ebook publishing.
Salwa Samra.

 

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at Smashwords

 at Amazon.com

at Amazon.UK

at Amazon.ca 

at iTunes.com

at iTunes.au

at iTunes.GB

at iTuens.ca

at iTunes.nz

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In her latest BLOG Liz Castro explains that you can use Open Office with an extension...Writer2ePub by Luca Calsinai to convert directly from your .odt to ePub. So she is correct in her Title:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Quickest, easiest, cheapest way to create an ebook?

 

Step by step.

1.If you don't already have Open Office go get it! It is free. Install it.

2. Next download writer2ePub extension from the open office extensions directory.

3. Go to Open Office and open a text file.

4. Go to "Tools/extension manager" click add, find the zip file writer2ePub.zip and click. Installation is automatic.

You will now see three new icons:

OOwriter2ePubC

 

Now if you, like me, have your documents saved as Word.doc files go ahead and open one in Open Office.

If you followed my process from Easy eBook Publishing  you are more or less set already. You may wish to go into styles and play around with your heading settings. there may be small problems with Bookmarks and hyperlinks as the default sttings inside Open Office may NOT match the settings you used when you built your document in MS Word. So go and check them out and make them the same.

5. Now click the left most icon and fill in the metadata.

 

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Now click the right most icon and set your preferences.

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Go find you newly created "document.ePub" in the directory and open it using Adobe Digital Editions. Check it out to ensure it is what you want the way you want.

Should sail right through Barnes & Noble or iApple. And with the advent of KF8 even Amazon will accept ePub as input to publish for Kindle. So what are you waiting for? jump on the self-publishing bandwagon TODAY!

 

as Liz said: Quickest, easiest, cheapest way to produce an ePub.

 

 

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Are you a Kindle Publisher?

 

Do you have ePub's and want to make them KF8 format?

 

Liz Castro mentioned in her blog a few days ago that the New Kindle Previewer had the new KindleG embedded. So last night I made time to check it out and these are the things I found:

Suppose like me you publish for Smashwords and Amazon. Suppose you, like me, are growing tired of waiting for Smashwords and Amazon to bring their stalled negotiations to fruition. Suppose you format first for Smashwords and then like me use that document (with slight modifications) to make your input file for Amazon. Well, now I have discovered there may be an easier way.

 

I took one of my Smashwords .ePub books and put it into the new Kindle Previewer. Just as suggested by Liz, Kindle Previewer is a GUI for KindleGen.

1.From within Kindle Previewer, KindleGen Starts.

2.KindleGen renames the .epub file to a .zip and unpacks it.

3.KindleGen then marches through those files building an opf, ncx, html files for all the parts of your book, extracting the pictures, pulling the coverpage, building a stylesheet.css, and a titlepage.xhtml.

4.Finally Kindlegen compiles all this into a .mobi file.

5. et Voila. Kindle Previewer displays you Kindle formatted .mobi file.

Neat? I think so!

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Hot off the Press!

I saw lots the conversations about doing math/equations now that Amazon has released KF8. Lots of negative replys to lots of "Can we do it yet questions. So I spent the entire day yesterday attempting to get nice equations into a KF8 document. No joy! But today I got it RIGHT!

Let me start by saying I am certainly NOT an expert. I don't know html, or CSS. I am a writer, a publisher, and in a previous life I do economic research. I have literally hundreds of research papers on Welfare and Income distribution filled with complex math. But all of this work was done in a program called LaTeX. So to start this research quest I translated a simple LaTeX document into Word's 2007 format.

 

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Skipping over all the failures and getting straight to success!

In Word 2007 save the document. This results in a file suffix .docx.

Now saving this once more as a .doc file results in a message from Word that your equations will be translated into picture files. And of course Word does not have the good graces to let you know what format those files will be.

Once you have your .doc file save one more time as "filtered html", which results in a "filename.htm" which you can use as input to MobiPocket Creator. This is my only choice since I don't yet understand how to use KindleGen.

Now the real "fun" begins.

Open MobiPocket Creator and import your .htm file. When you do this MobiPocket will create a dirctory called "filename_files". In this directory you will find the pictures which Word created when you saved your original .docx file as a .doc file. BUT these pictures are useless for inclusion into your KF8 .prc because they are the wrong format and the dpi is way too small.

 

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You need to take this little pictures and put them into a graphics manipulation program. I used Photoshop and ACDSee for the following. As I don't know which pictures that MobiPocket is grabbing for inclusion into the document, and becuase at this point I was very frustrated......I reformated ALL the images in the "filename_files" directory.

Amazon's new publishing Guidelines recommend a dpi of 300 for images. So I took each file (both gif and png) put them into photoshop and using image size increased from 72/96 to 300. Don't worry they do not become too large because the are much too small to begin with.

I then save the resized images.

Now in MobiPocket Creator when you click "build" it will pull the resized pictures. Below is the resulting .prc file. First in Kindle Previewer 2.3:

 

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Next in Kindle for PC:

 

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This is not elegant. This just WORKS!

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You can build your own website fast and cheap! Yes you can! Get my book. It's EASY!

 

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To buy the Kindle version for $2.99 click the pay button below 

 

Build Your Own Website Fast & Cheap will lead your through:
1. Obtaining a localhost server XAMPP which contains all programs necessary to operate your site on your home or office computer
2. Obtaining a Content Management System (CMS), Joomla so that you do not need to code your site in php, CSS, or HTML.
3. My favorite template (Epic Pro) from JoomlaShine.
The book then walks you through:
1. Installation of each part of required server software and its activation.
2. Installation of Joomla accompanied by sample data
3. Installation of your template.
Finally the book guides you to finding a webhost provider.

There are links in the book to all the above software. There is also a link to a support site for this and other books by the publisher.
Building a website is no longer the domain of computer geeks, html experts, php gurus, or CSS experts. Now in a few easy steps anyone with a computer and access to the internet can build their own website. You don’t need to be able to program anything. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. You don’t need to buy a server and dedicate it to hosting your website.
In this book I will lead you through getting the software you need. I will step you through installing that software on your home computer, building your site, and finally transferring your site to an internet host.

Once you follow the instructions in my book you too will be able to participate in the wonderful world of the WEB. !

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Amazon released their new K8 formatting guide yesterday. Also in the announcement they sent to all registered users (who had signed up for notification) was the path to their new (version 2) Kindle Previewer, and version 2 of KindleGen.

KindleGen link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765211

Kindle previewer link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261

Link to the new Formatting Guide:

http://kindlegen.s3.amazonaws.com/AmazonKindlePublishingGuidelines.pdf

The New "improved" Kindle Previewer adds Kindle Fire (Full color viewer) and it would seem to replacate the length and width of a Fire screen. It has the standard features of previous emulator. AND it reads ePub files as well as mobi and prc's.

But the biggest change is in the New formatting guide. See the table of Contents:

 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

1 Getting Started ...................................................................................................................3

2 Paths to Getting Your Content on Kindle .................................................................................3

2.1 Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Platform.......................................................................3

2.2 Creating Kindle Books In-House using Kindle Publisher Tools...........................................3

2.2.1 Kindle Plugin for Adobe InDesign......................................................................................... 3

2.2.2 KindleGen..................................................................................................................... 3

2.2.3 Kindle Previewer Software ............................................................................................... 5

2.3 Third-Party Conversion Services.........................................................................................6

3 Formatting Guidelines ......................................................................................................7

3.1 Text Guidelines ................................................................................................................8

3.2 Cover Image Guidelines ....................................................................................................10

3.3 Table of Contents Guidelines ............................................................................................11

3.4 Guide Item Guidelines .......................................................................................................13

3.5 Image Guidelines...............................................................................................................14

3.6 Table Guidelines................................................................................................................19

3.7 Adobe Digital Editions Compatibility Guidelines................................................................21

3.8 Styling Guidelines..............................................................................................................21

3.9 HTML Guidelines...............................................................................................................22

3.10 Embedded Font Guidelines.............................................................................................23

3.11 Authoring Fixed Layout Children’s Books .......................................................................23

3.11.1 Metadata Fields Supporting Fixed Layout Children’s Books .................................................. 24

3.11.2 Content Requirements ................................................................................................. 24

3.11.3 Content Recommendations ............................................................................................................... 24

3.12 Authoring Books with Multipage Background Images and Text......................................25

3.12.1 Side-by-Side Images to Form a Two-page Spread ............................................................. 25

3.12.2 Text Blocks: Position and Alignment ............................................................................... 27

3.12.3 Aligning Text .............................................................................................................. 27

3.12.4 Region Magnification .................................................................................................... 27

3.13 Authoring Fixed Layout Graphic Novels/Manga/Comics.................................................28

3.14 Audio and Video Guidelines ............................................................................................28

3.15 Dictionary Formatting ......................................................................................................33

3.15.1 Inflections for Dictionaries ........................................................................................... 34

3.15.2 Custom OPF Metadata for Dictionaries ........................................................................... 35

3.16 Media Queries ...............................................................................................................35

3.16.1 Using Media Queries .................................................................................................... 35

3.16.2 Using Media Queries for Backward Compatibility With Mobi ................................................. 37

3.16.3 Submitting a Media Query ............................................................................................. 38

4 Kindle Best Practices ..........................................................................................................39

4.1 Testing Kindle Books.........................................................................................................39

4.2 Kindle Quality Guidelines ..................................................................................................39

5 Appendices .......................................................................................................................41

5.1 Appendix A: HTML Tags supported in Kindle Format 8 ....................................................41

5.2 CSS selectors, attributes and properties supported in the Kindle format .........................45

 

I particularly am enthused about the posibility to finally be able to use Open Type or True Type fonts.

Also exciting is the ability to now use Background images combined with text. There is a nice example of this in Chapter 3, section 12 of the guide. Of course this is only available in Kindle Fire.

 

Another interesting development which accompanies this new release....You may upload your exsisting ePub file and KDP will translate it to the new Kindle format FOR YOU.

 

Ther is also mention of inserting video and audio files directly into your book. However this is only readable in Kindle IOS, that's correct, Amazon has a seperate section for books designed specifically for Apple IOS reader.

 

This is just a preliminary look at the latest development in KDP.Amazon publishing.

Stay tuned for more...  

 

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There's a new book available!

EasyeBook

 

 

recently published at Amazon and Smashwords

 

Kindle edition:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006RLSW9M

Smashwords edition:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/118490

Building an eBook is no longer the domain of computer geeks, html experts, php gurus, or the major publishing houses. Now in a few easy steps anyone with a computer and access to the internet can build their own eBooks. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. You just need to follow these easy instructions to get your eBook published and available to the widest audience.
Easy eBook Publishing leads you step-by-step through getting the software you need. I will step you through installing that software, formatting required so your masterpiece complies with the various requirements of the different eBooks formats, and finally transferring your work to the two major distributors of the eBook world (Amazon & Smashwords).
This book is especially for people who use Windows driven computers and Microsoft Word. I, and others mentioned above have found that the best tool to write your book is Word. There are other tools but nothing is easier and more efficient.
If you don’t already own Microsoft Word then you will need to get it in order to follow this book. You could try to use Open Office but I and many others have tried and failed. So if you don’t already own Microsoft Word please get it before you go any further.
You will also need the following freely available software:
MobiPocket Creator; to build the files necessary for upload of your book to Amazon.
Kindle for PC; to view your book on your home computer and allow yourself to make changes prior to uploading to Amazon.
Kindle Previewer; to view exactly how you eBook will look if you don’t own a kindle.
A text editor. I prefer WinEdt but you can use WordPad or notepad.
A screen capture program. I prefer Snagit, but you could use windows snipping tool.
Adobe Digital Editions; to view your ePub formatted files. (Nook, iBooks, pdf’s).
Calibre, to translate your work between all the different formats.

Just click on the links to go and get these programs. Then install them on your computer. If you need help setting them up you can find step-by-step instructions at my support site. You will need accounts at kdp.amazon to publish for Kindle and at Smashwords to publish for Nook, iBook, Sony, Diesel, Kobo and pdf.

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