Creating ebooks

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A quick and simple guide on how ebooks differ from their printed cousins, how you can create your own, and how you can cover pretty much the whole market using Smashwords and Amazon.

Has some low cost D.I.Y ideas, as well as minimum hassle options.

Revised in January 2012 More
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Price: Free!

About Paul Hurst

An accidental publisher!

Working as a musician and magician, as well as running my own companies providing entertainment for weddings parties and corporate events, I wrote a 'get comfy slow' book (as opposed to 'get rich quick'!) on my own triumphs and failures, File under business or humour.

But the experience of hiring someone else to convert the printed book into an electronic one was not an outstanding success, and I ended up having to do a lot of the work myself.

I suppose, being a slightly geeky pedantic nit-picker, I was never going to be totally happy not doing it all myself anyway.

Fellow authors started asking me to convert their books as well, and I remembered some excellent titles that were out of print so converted those as well. It seemed a shame not to use all that new-found knowledge.

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Review by: Romana Van Lissum on March 23, 2012 : star star star star star
Great little book that is written with light humour but full of some handy tips! Thank you for sharing.
(review of free book)

Review by: Rosemary Wilkie on Oct. 13, 2011 : star star star star star
This is a marvellous book. It not only answers your basic questions about how to publish an ebook, it also gives you the detailed instructions you hadn't realised you needed.
(review of free book)

Review by: Earlswood Press on Oct. 10, 2011 : star star star star
A small but very useful and down-to-earth little book that covers all the main points about the topic - the actual craft of formatting the text, (technical, but not overly so, so don't get put off by that) the marketing and a kind word or two for our hosts, Smashwords and the highly useful 'meat grinder' software that turns lead into gold - er, sorry, not quite - but truthfully, properly formatted Word documents into every useable ebook app.
One point not mentioned, if I recall correctly is that epub will not handle any tabulated data (ie set in the kind of table you use in Word) and have it pass Apple's approval for the iStore. Frustrating if your ebook is non-fiction with some important data in its contents, but the way things are progressing, maybe soon it will.
Read this little freebie before you spend any money on others. It's good primer, and maybe, if you start to get into producing your own ebooks in any quantity and gain some practical experience in doing so, it might the only one you'll need
(review of free book)

Review by: Dan Edmund on April 15, 2011 : star star star star
An extended, humorous article that provides useful information, including interesting background information, as well as practical advice on creating ebooks. As regards to marketing, he highly recommends the book "How to Out-Sell, Out-Market, Out-Promote, Out-Advertise Everyone Else You Compete Against" by Paul Gorman, which is available through Smashwords. Paul Hurst also has his own website "The New Business Doctor" at www.new-business-doctor.com/BSPG.html. Here he provides useful business information as well as sale of the print version of his book "Business Survival and Prosperity Guaranteed" The ebook version is also available through Smashwords.
(review of free book)

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