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How To Create An E-book | An Easy Guide

How to create an e-book
Many writers are faced with these questions “How do I make an ebook? How do I create an ebook?”
In Most cases, you need to create your own book as a writer to promote yourself. 
For the benefit of those who don’t know, an ebook is an electronic book that requires an ebook reader either in the form of a piece of hardware (as in the Kindle) or software that runs on your computer (e.g., iBooks or Kindle for desktop)
This article will show you how to create an ebook, specifically, a standard / reflowable eBook from an existing Word (.doc or .docx) or similar document, i.e., Apple’s Pages (.pages) or Open Office document (.odt). If you are willing to learn some new technology, and you don’t mind putting in the time, you can do this for little or no cost.
 And don’t worry about getting stuck—there are professional ebook services available to you every step of the way.
Firstly, How to create an ebook differs from how to create a book or how to create an online book.

Creating an Ebook

Here is a preview of the process:

1.Format Your Document for an Ebook
2.Create an Attractive Book Cover
3.Run Your Document Through Conversion Software
4.Test Your Ebook Files
5.Fine-Tune Your .epub File

Step One : Formatting Your Document For an Ebook

Formatting your document is both art and science.

Here’s a list of formatting suggestions:

=> Remove All Headers and Footers: E-book readers automatically input theirs
=> Remove Page Numbers: Remove numbers on the pages.
=> Use Heading Styles: Select whichever heading style.
=> Use First Line Indenting: This is the best way to separate paragraphs consistently.
=> Insert page breaks between chapters and/or major sections: Page breaks help the reader know when the chapter/section is over.
=> Unwrap all images and center them as inline images: For best results, just insert the image after a paragraph and center it. Use .jpg images.
=> Add a title page: All ebooks should have a page with the title and author’s name.
=> Add a copyright page: All ebooks should have a page with copyright information and ISBN.
=> Make sure your TOC is automatically created by the software: Word processing softwares includes a TOC feature.
=> Include the cover image as the first page: It is okay to add this as a floating image.

Step Two: Create A Book Cover

I strongly suggest leaving this step to the professionals or asking an artistic friend for help. People really do judge a book by its cover, especially when we are literally talking about books! 
If you intend to create a book cover, here is what you need to know.
* Images should be created at roughly 1659px wide by 2500px tall to cover the new requirements from most of the vendors. Barnes and Noble require a smaller image.
* Images should not have a border (i.e., a thin line outlining the cover image).
* Images must be RGB (not CMYK).
* Images must clearly show the title and author as it appears in the metadata when the book is submitted to the retailers.
* Images must be good quality and not pixelated.
* No “offensive” images.
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Step Three: Run Your Document Through Conversion Software

Creating an ebook means converting your document into one or more of the several ebook formats. The most common are .epub,.mobi, and .pdf.
 If you convert your book into these three formats, your ebook is golden.
=> PDF: Let’s start with .pdf since this is normally as easy as exporting the document to .pdf from your word processing software. If you don’t see that option, try one of the many simple and free online tools such as https://www.freepdfconvert.com.
=>EPUB: Now things get a lot complicated since you can’t simply export to .epub. If you have a .doc file, you can use our free online converter which is still quite simple. If you are willing to give up the simplicity for a heck of a lot more functionality, download the free conversion software Calibre and check out that site for detailed instructions on how to convert to an epub.
=>MOBI: If you have Calibre, you can also export to .mobi. You will only need your .mobi file for Amazon, and Amazon will automatically convert your .epub file for you.

Step Four : Test Your eBook Files

Once you have your document open in the ebook reader apps, check the following:
*.Does the cover look good?
*.Does the table of contents work?
*.Are your images in the right place?
*.Do bullets and indenting show as indented?
*.Are all the pages there?
If everything looks great, proceed to the next step on How to create an e-book.

Step Five : Fine-Tune Your .epub File

You can go back to step one and make sure you formatted things correctly and hope that solves your display problems.
Check for Errors or omissions and rectify.
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Congratulations, you now know how to create an ebook!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.
Written by :
Praise Osawaru (Wordsmithpraise)

About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared in Black Youth, Nantygreens, Sprinng Literary Movement and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. Follow him on Instagram/FB/Twitter: @wordsmithpraise

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