Self-Publishing

Learn how to self publish your book, from start to finish, with helpful step-by-step guides to formatting and publishing your book.

Ebook Formatting Answers: EPUB3

What is EPUB3 and do I need it? Should I change old ebook files to this new format? EPUB3 is the new format of EPUB. In general if you’re not doing anything complicated, you won’t really notice a difference–you could use either EPUB2 or EPUB3. EPUB3 is backwards compatible to EPUB2, so it should be

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Submitting a MOBI File vs. a Word File to Amazon

Why would I want to create a MOBI file using Pressbooks if Amazon allows me to submit a Word file that Kindle will convert for me? At first, a MOBI file was the only file Amazon would accept to publish in the Kindle ebookstore. Nowadays, you can submit a Word file to the Kindle store,

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Why Can’t I Remove the Table of Contents from my Ebook?

Q. In ebook formatting, how is the table of contents in an ebook different than the table of contents in a print book? A. Typically in print you would include a table of contents if the chapters had names that weren’t 1, 2, 3, 4. So if the chapters are named chapter one, chapter two, chapter

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Reflowable vs. Fixed Layout Ebooks

Q. What’s the difference between a fixed layout ebook and a regular ebook? A. Normal ebooks that you’re reading (such as a regular Kindle book or novel, etc.) are what’s called “reflowable.” With a reflowable ebook, on the page you can resize the fonts and the book just reorganizes itself. You can make bigger fonts, smaller

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Ebook Standards

Each week, we’ll answer your burning questions about ebook formatting. This week’s question is about universal and proprietary standards for ebooks. Q. Different ebookstores can reject your ebook if it doesn’t meet certain standards for ebook files. What are some of these standards for ebook formatting and who sets them? A. All the different platforms have

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Book Formatting Secrets, Building Your Author Website and More

New to Pressbooks? Here’s Your Quick-Start Guide  At Pressbooks, we have lots of resources for getting started. We’ve put them all in one place in this quick orientation to Pressbooks software. Book Formatting Secrets from Bestselling Author Mimi Barbour Mimi Barbour took some time out of her busy writing schedule to share how she uses Pressbooks

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How to Create Your Author Website Using Self-Hosted WordPress

In a previous post, I wrote about how to create an author website using the free and simplest-to-use version of WordPress, WordPress.com. Here I’m going to show you how to create a self-hosted WordPress website to promote yourself and your book as an author. But first, why would you want to create a self-hosted WordPress website versus the easier-to-use WordPress.com? WordPress.com

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Book Formatting Secrets from Bestselling Author Mimi Barbour

By Mimi Barbour When I first decided I wanted a career as an author and not to just have a book with my name on it, I had to make a lot of serious choices. The decisions that faced me mostly had to do with publishing a professional product and not an amateurish piece of

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Check Out This Award-Winning Book, and Learn How You Can Create One Too

Award-Winning Book Created on Pressbooks San Francisco-based startup ThinkApps used Pressbooks to create its first book–and the award-winning book has already been named Book of the Year by Product Hunt. Read about how ThinkApps’ produced their award-wining book, and where you can read the book, which features insights from 25+ well-known tech founders and investors. ICYMI:

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Self Publishing Today: Easy, Affordable, Better for Authors

Years ago, I helped an author who wanted advice on self-publishing for a series of books he was writing. I’ll call him John. John told me that for one of his books, he had paid a company $10,000 to help him self-publish, and he ended up hating both the product and the process. And for all that, the company didn’t

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