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Self-published e-books: Getting Start
It is much simpler and much faster for writers to bring their tales to a broad public if they do it themselves than to wait to find an agency or a conventional editor who is willing to take them over. There is also an edge in controlling where your book is selling, what it looks like and other topics where a conventional editor usually has the last word.
Bowker, the bibliographical information manager that publishes ISBN tracker code to keep a record of US book production and sales, says that approximately 40% of the book releases in 2012 were self-published e-books, compared to only 11% in 2007. Overall, e-books accounted for around 20% of all adult literature and non-fiction book sales in 2012.
A book is still not genuine for many authors, unless it has a book jacket and is approved by a well-known publishers. Utilities are here, the web can help the reader explore our book, e-readers and trays are tailored for book lovers, our target group of young people and young grown-ups certainly consists of online reader -- and here we all are.
The majority of authors use text editing software such as Microsoft World or Apple Pages to produce their scripts, or sometimes print them as text only. However, these sizes do not work as e-books. For your book to be successful (eyeballs, docs, and/or revenue), it must be available in at least some of the most common e-formats:
There are Kindle Form 8 (KF8) for Amazon's Kindle Fire, AZW (based on MOBI) for older Kindles and ePub for most others, which includes Apple appliances, Barnes & Noble's Nook and most Android e-reading applications. iBook is also supported by Apple. You may also need to convert your contents into other languages according to your intended audiences, especially if you want to be successful in international market.
The Wikipedia provides a good overview of the different file types, with a useful spreadsheet at the bottom of the page that compares whether each file type support image, audio, digital permissions and other functions. In order for your book to be successful, it must be available in at least some of the most common e-formats.
Of course, PDF is widely adopted by many e-sellers and is very useful for writers to create with a variety of applications from a variety of equipment and operating systems, as well as Windows PC and Macs. However, the trouble with using a PDF file for direct submission to an e-seller is that hidden code can lead to a book that doesn't look the way you want it to.
Booknook, a book converter that format for the Kindle, provides an example of a Word document that was then printed as a PDF. However, if the same PDF document is posted to the Amazon Kindle publisher page, each line becomes a separate section because of the hidden"¶" at the end of each line.
Due to PDFs' reformatting problems, Booknook calculates additional costs for PDF conversion (e.g. compared to the costs for DOC documents). The most important thing, as my co-author and I find out, is to format the book properly to make sure that the book is approved in the e-shops where we want to resell it and that it looks the way we want it to.
There are several policies available to large online bookstores to help you; Amazon in particular has a lot to help you get your book into an acceptable size. There' are many other utilities that can help you from Apple's free iBooks Author and Adobes not so free Digital Publishing Suite (which begins at $395 or $50/month for a stand-alone edition) to your favourite HTML author.
However, as even Amazon is warning, your odometer reading may differ. Conversion of JPG and GIF and even sidebar or box to different, non-compatible file types is not necessarily easy, especially for newcomers. You can overflow text in one size, but not in another, photographs or artwork can look muddy in another.
There is a huge amount of checks, formattings and reformats that are necessary to do this right. Obviously, if you don't have the patience, skill, or tendency to reformat it yourself, there is an alternate. Instead of getting hit by several different sizes and a huge multi-headed pain, my co-author and I agreed that the formating move would be a good thing to do.
Formatting experts take your contents as a text or text files - or just about anything sensible - and convert them to one or more e-formats, whichever you are willing to use. In turn, the aggregator takes a script that you have already formated (or for which you have already purchased a formatter) and submits it on your name to several e-shops (Apple, Amazon, etc.).
If you wish, some will also take over your online bookseller business, administer your meta data, track your online bookseller business (including your earnings tracking) and get you an ISBN number that is still highly suggested even if you do not plan to charge for the book.