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Preparing and uploading your images for Pressbooks

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and at Pressbooks, we want to make sure the images in your book are exported in the best way for print and/or digital formats. There are some nuances to getting this right, so here’s what you need to know. Prepare your images The first step is to

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Getting Started With Pressbooks: A Quick Guide

New to Pressbooks? Welcome! Here are some tips on how to get best results when using Pressbooks software. What is Pressbooks for? Pressbooks brings down the cost of getting great-looking book files in the formats you need to publish. Pressbooks makes sure your book meets complex ebook and print-on-demand standards as well as the Chicago Manual of Style

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Image Sizing & Resolution for Your Book

By Zoe Wake Hyde At Pressbooks, we often get questions about how to make sure the images in your book are print-ready and ebook-perfect. To address some of the most common queries and offer some guidance on how to manage your images even before you upload them to Pressbooks, we’ve developed this short FAQ. It should

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Why You Can’t Force Dropcaps, Indents, Headers, Footers and Fonts in Ebooks

There are certain stylistic elements you can’t force when you’re formatting an ebook. What are some of these things and why is that the case? Here are a few examples of attributes it’s tough to control in ebooks: dropcaps, hanging indents, running headers, running footers and body fonts. Dropcaps in ebooks Dropcaps are one element

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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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