When I shared the comments and feedback we had received with my students, their reactions made me know that this process was everything I hoped it would be. The students felt empowered to know they had created a piece of work that would last forever, and one student literally cried tears of joy from the positive feedback she received about her page in the book!
Today's publishing focus trends to self-publishing authors and small businesses, including preparing books for publication via sites such as CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu and others in both print and ebook formats. More and more writers are opting to publish their books themselves and with my extensive print publishing background, I'm uniquely qualified to help prepare your book from manuscript to finished book in paperback, hard cover or ebooks. I'm familiar with specific requirements of various common sites, as well as a great background in the print basics, unlike many "newly minted" graphic artists whose training has focused on websites and web publishing. I've very proud to say that I've recently been assisting with preparing Best Seller listed books for publication via print-on-demand sites. It's exciting to see this relatively new publishing method being used by the "big boys" as well as the more newly minted authors. And to add another feather to my cap, I just received word from one Client that his book about early colonial Cambodia was approved by the King. Client says I'm "the Royal Typesetter"... :) I'm happy to give you a time estimate for completing your project, but to me, every book is unique, and deserves a unique layout, so giving an exact time line and fixed-rate price is necessarily nearly impossible. Let's talk about the possibilities. Every book deserves a great cover, and I'm also available to help you with your cover design, from start to finish, concept to print. While I generally leave uploading of files to my clients, if you need help, I'm usually available, and I do guarantee my files to sucessfuly upload to the various sites, or I'll work on it until it does. This guarantee has even led me to step in and work with the help desks of more than one print site when their automated system thought it detected a problem, and my extensive print process knowledge assured me there wasn't one, so I contacted an actual person, and in all instances, once a live professional looked over the file, all was good to go. "Being there" for my clients is especially important to me, and I'm proud of my on-going client list here on oDesk. My clients seem to refuse to close out their accounts even when we don't have an active project. :-) During my nearly 40-years of graphic design within the printing and publishing field, I have witnessed and adapted to the many changes in technology as it relates to the industry. Yes, I'm older, but not extinct yet! So although I'm specializing in book publishing, if you have other print needs, such as stationery, magazine layout, flyers and on and on, I have done just about everything there is to do in the printing industry. Most of the changes in the print industry have been in the way that typography, photography and art meet and make their way to the printed page. We used to do this with light tables, punch-tape and exacto knives, now we use computers for the whole process. Offset presse...
Sigil is an advanced Ebook creator utility that offers comprehensive options and configuration settings. Sigil has a user-friendly interface and offers support for XHTML, HTML, image, TXT, and video files. The split viewing mode of Sigil facilitates you to view the code and design side by side, an option mostly present in complex and paid programs. When putting together new ebooks, you have the option to design the covers, span text into multiple files by taking into account the position of a cursor or after putting markers, edit basic metadata along with role properties, as well as create a table of contents or edit the existing one. The program keeps track of all text copied to the Clipboard, save it to the history and facilitates you to paste any preferred clip. Plus, you can run complex searches with advanced files, replace keywords, as well as save searches to run them again at a later time. It contains a spellchecker and provides you the option to validate ePub and CSS styles using online services.
If you’re publishing an e-book, it’s obvious you’re a skilled writer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other skilled writers out there. If you have a great online resource that you want to share with your followers, include an external hyperlink in your e-book. (Let that source know, too, and hopefully they’ll promo your content to their followers.)
This software is available for free on the Mac App Store. You can create interactive eBooks using this tool for iPad, iPhone and Mac devices. It has a lot of features which you can use to enhance your eBook, such as images, audio, videos, animations, 3D objects, mathematical expressions etc. It helps in creating an engaging and interactive eBook. You can export your eBook in different file formats if you do not want to limit it to an Apple device. It gives you the option to export files in text, PDF, and ePUB format.
To begin your eBook’s conversion process go to the “Build” option placed on the top of the program, click on the button and there you go. Your eBook will be converted to file extensions PRC or PRCX. Your eBook can also be published straightaway from the application or helps administer your online issue. Mobipocket also works as an outstanding editor for your eBook.
The problem I have is with editing my work in the software. If your work has lots of text and pictures, as in an illustrated children's book with text under the images, this software will drive you crazy. Move an image, and it just vanishes, and then the line of text snaps up or down to a different page -- there is no 'undo' button to take you back, so you have to insert the image all over again, but when you do re-insert the image, make sure to add a few more blank pages, otherwise the re-inserted image will throw off the rest of the images and text.
With QuarkXPress, you don’t have to recreate a print project from scratch for digital devices such as the iPad — you can simply convert it. And once you’ve converted it, you can customize it for the new medium with videos, sounds, slideshows, and more. Best of all, you can do all of this with the same set of tools, instead of having to learn a whole new application for each medium to which you want to publish. With QuarkXPress, you can preserve your brand and always look professional, in print and in electronic media, all in a single tool.
An Adobe stack expert with more than 10 years of experience, I helped out my customers with a variety of projects – from brochures to large catalogs with thousands of items. I have had uninterrupted experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and more. Had many high volume projects, performed data merges, generated TOCs and Indexes tailored to the customer’s needs. Have experience with e-publications, interactive PDFs, fillable forms and web design. Creative, always seeking for perfection in what I am doing, my highest priority is a satisfied customer and their business goals being reached and taken care of.
We’re gearing up for the Book Expo America, 2016 in May. That means we’ll be running some specials, and we’re also streamlining our unique platform for our new clientele. As a result, there will be three types of Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing Platform installations available to self-published authors, teachers, and large publishers/distributors of eBooks. Our clients will be able to download the complete installation and follow the directions included. They will also have the excellent technical assistance of our developer, Bas Van Stein, who will also be working with clients to “brand” the installation to the owner’s “look and feel.” Once licensed, the platform can be up and open for business in 24 hours. Here’s a brief description of the three installations that will be available for download:
4. Include the first chapter of another of your books. If the book the reader just finished is part of a series, and the next book is available for sale, include a sample chapter of that book. Otherwise, select a sample chapter from one of your other books. At the end of the sample, include a link to the book's page at the retailer's website to the reader can purchase the book. Again, make it easy.
This is another interactive eBook creator. The interesting part about this software is that it gives the flipping page effect when you turn to the next page in your eBook. This flip effect comes as an interesting change when compared to normal eBooks. You can add multimedia elements to your eBook files. It allows you to convert PDFs into suitable eBook files for whichever eReader you want. The eBooks can be accessed from any system and platform. You would have to download this software on your Windows, iOS or Android system before using it.
The market for ebooks is huge; people have literally become millionaires by selling books in the Kindle format alone. It’s a fun way to make money, too – you can decide what you’re going to write about, write it, publish it yourself on the Amazon site (or Barnes & Noble, or any one of a number of other sites) and you can decide for yourself how much you want to charge for the finished product. Amazon puts a bit of pressure on you to price your books in the $2.99-$9.99 range, but aside from that, you can ask what you want.
But making an ebook can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to write the content, but you also need to design and format it into a professional-looking document that people will want to download and read. With lead generation being the top goal for content marketing, however, ebooks are an essential part of an successful inbound marketing program.
After you have a template picked out, you need to replace the template’s default images with images that fit your book. You can find free images easily using stock photo sites like Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash and you can edit those images just as easily using a free online tool like Pixlr. (Note: Double-check the permissions and fine print when downloading images from free stock photo sites.)