How to Create an Electronic Book

Creating an electronic book

A number of situations may require you to create your own e-book. Create an e-book in Word and PDF Back to DIY Publishing - Print/Mobile-Friendly Version There are a number of instances where you need to create your own e-book. Maybe you would like to provide information from your website or you would like to be able to publish a book yourself that you have not yet been able to sell to a "traditional" publishing house.

You may be working with an e-publisher, distribution or print-on-demand publishing company who wants to give you a fully formated book (or who will add additional reformatting charges if you do not). And the good thing is that you can turn your script directly into an e-book with just a few simple steps of the click.

Adobe Acrobat PDF is the most popular ebook data type. However, you take over the real "design" of your book in your text-processor. Being the most widely used text editor (and the one where most e-publishers want your document), this section focuses on formating in Microsoft Office.

Poorly formated e-books estrange the reader more quickly than poorly printed text. "Luckily, you can create a look with a few easy Word instructions. Pagesize. The majority of our ledgers are not sized on an 8" 5x11" page. Therefore, your first task is to select a user-defined page format in the Word window "Page Setup".

Adjust the borders to at least three-quarters of an inches on all sides. You can make the top and/or bottom margin slightly bigger if you want to use a headline and/or bottom line. As eBooks have no "left" and "right" pages, deactivate the "Mirror margins" checkbox.

Put a "running header" at the top of each page. It is simplest to just enter the name of your book and the number of pages. This information can be left-aligned, right-aligned or centered, or the page number can be left-aligned and right-aligned. Usually I suggest a slightly smaller character string for the headers and (if you like) in italics or italics.

I' like to use the order "border" to create a line between the text and the head. You can also insert the heading in the heading and the page number in the footing line. In order to ensure that your headers do not appear on the first page of each section, you must use the "Insert" function:

The" Next page" (instead of a page break) to split sections. Doc: It is also possible to create a new heading for each section (e.g. by using the section heading instead of the book title) by deactivating the checkbox "same as before" in the heading menu. Remember that the user can enlarge the screen of your book by viewing it on the screen.

Because some typefaces look better on the screen than in printing and the other way around, test your typefaces in both directions! You can also store them in a lower granularity, which reduces the filesize. Word allows you to include artwork in your text, but it's not always simple to place it exactly where you want it.

Her book doesn't really begin with "Chapter One, page one. It is simplest to verify the copyrights page of each book and enter the same information by replacing your own name, book titles, date, etc. The Library of Congress information and the numbers indicating the book's publication are not included.

Do not worry about an ISBN unless you are planning to provide hard copy of the book (e.g. on floppy disk) via electronic bookshops like AMAZON. Sitemap (you can create this in Word by using "Heading" format for your section headlines and subheadings). Whilst many printed ledgers number the front page separate from the remainder of the book, this can be unpleasant in an e-book.

It is simplest to handle the first page of your book (even if it is the cover page) as "page 1". "Adobe Acrobat will take your Word documents and display them "as is" in a PDF format. In order to create a PDF you can use the "Print" function in Word and choose "Save as file" from the "General" pull-down list.

Choose "Acrobat PDF" as your fileshtype and set "Destination" to "File". "Click on the "Print" tab and your documents will be transformed into a PDF-files. And if you do have Acrobat, you can easily extend your e-book with other useful functions. Avoid hot-linking url in your source Word documents, as these are not saved in your PDFs.

If you intend to do this, you should keep a page in your source page that is to be substituted by the page you are importing, otherwise your page numbering is inaccurate. Or you can specify different degrees of security for your book (including a print limit, although I don't suggest it!). When you have a "long" e-book - a large computer data record - you can zip it.

Otherwise, downloading your e-book may take too long (which can cause a reader's computer to "freeze" or even crash). Recent Windows releases offer the possibility to create a compacted or "zipped" directory - just look under the files option (click on "new" and then move down to the "zipped" folder).

When this doesn't work as well as you'd like, you can also get a tool like Stuffit that stores a zipped data in different states. When compressing your files, make sure you give the users directions on how to extend them after downloading.

You can create your own e-book with just a few simple mouseclicks using a little bit of scheduling and the right softwares!

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