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What kind of files can you use to create eBooks?
Virtually any editable text file will work to create a well-formatted eBook. Microsoft Word, (DOC or DOCX), HTML files, (.HTML .HTM) Open Office files, (.ODT) simple TXT files (will not contain formatting) and others. Contact us if you have a question on file formats.
Do I have to sign a contract with eBook76.com?
No. We provide a service to authors and publishers who then publish their own eBooks. We do not require any percentage of royalties earned by a title. We provide the author or publisher with professional-level eBook files and the author/publisher can publish on any platform that supports those eBook files.
Will PDF files work for eBooks?
PDF can work, but is not preferred. If the PDF contains Headers, Footers, Page Numbers, or other items that are not compatible with eBook creation, it makes the process more complicated and increases the chance to include errors in the finished eBook. It can be done, but will cost more to remove extra content that is contained in the file.
How does my source document need to be formatted?
Basically, it doesn’t. Authors and Publishers need not concern themselves with making the document look “pretty,” as my process strips out all formatting anyway. Indents, line spacing, paragraph spacing, font, font size, etc, are of no concern to us. As long as there is a paragraph return at the end of each paragraph, we are good to go. It does help us if chapter headings are bold – but not necessary
What kind of eBook formats do you deliver?
We will deliver both MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (B&N, Kobo, and others)
How do I view the eBook files you create for me?
There are 3 basic ways to view your eBook files:
1) You can load them onto a dedicated e-reader, like a Kindle, Nook, Sony or Kobo reader – as well as others.
2) You can load them onto a tablet or smartphone, like the iPad or iPhone and use a “reading app.” Kindle, Nook and Kobo all provide “reading apps” that you can download and use to view your eBook files.
3) You can download a reading app for your computer or laptop. Again, Kindle, Nook and Kobo provide reading apps for PC’s and other devices.
Do you upload the files to Amazon and B&N?
We can upon request, and we charge $15 per platform. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Barnes and Nobel’s “PubIt!” as well as Kobo’s “Writing Life” platform require the author/publisher to have an account set up. Those accounts include personal information, and require a username and login. The author/publisher sets up payment method and other information there, so it’s a personal and confidential account. However, we WILL help you get your files uploaded should you have any trouble.
Do you edit the manuscript before you create the eBook?
NO. When we format an eBook, we assume that all the editing and copyediting is complete. We assume that the content is edited, and ready to publish. However, if we run across what seems an obvious error or inconsistency, we will make minor changes and notify the client. For instance, if the manuscript starts with “Chapter One,” and the second chapter is labeled “Chapter 2,” we will make it consistent.
Can I use cover art that was done elsewhere?
Of course. Just provide us with your finished cover art, and we will embed the cover in the eBook files. We can use most any type of image file – JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others.
Do I need to include a Table of Contents (TOC)
Not necessarily. If you have a TOC in place, it can be handy for our reference, but we generally do not use it. Our TOC is created from Chapter Headings, and can also include “About the Author” and links to sample chapters included in the book. Our TOC is designed to be used with the device’s menu system, and is accessed in that fashion. We do not generally list all chapters with links at the front of the book, but that can be done at client’s request.
What information should I include in my manuscript, beyond the body of the work?
- Upfront matter – Title, Author Name, copyright statement, legal statements, Publisher Name, Dedication (if applicable).
- Author Bio – a brief bio can be included in the eBook, if the client supplies it to us. It’s good to tell the reader a little about the author, and may help strengthen the reader/author connection.
- Author Photo
- Links to the author or publisher’s website or blog.
- Sample chapter from another title. – Take the opportunity to engage the reader in yet another title, before putting the current one away.
- Other thoughtful links – I use the word “thoughtful” just to indicate that links should be chosen wisely, and target the readers interest. Overwhelming a reader with lots of links can be counter-productive.