Introduction to E-books Publishing

Indie authors are becoming overnight sensations in the New York Times and USA Today, on Amazon, and everywhere e-books are sold, proving there’s no longer a stigma to self-publishing. Publishing your own ebook has never been easier!

How would you like to have the title of ‘author’ added to your name without going through the difficulty of book publishing? With the technology of e-books, you could make money by writing your own books and selling them online.

Benefits of Creating E-books:

There are so many ebooks available on the market today, covering every imaginable topic and catering to a different audience. In some genres, self-published e-books even outsell those from traditional publishers, because readers are looking for fresh new authors and stories that aren’t written using a formula. If you’re in business, an e-book can be your new business card and play an important part in your content marketing plans.

Popular Ebook Genres

Nonfiction books with a well-defined topic and a nice hook to them can do well, especially if they have a target audience that you can focus on. Religious books are a perfect case in point. Some genres such as fiction do better than others. Indie romance/erotica novels, for instance, have thrived in the e-book arena.

How-to information offers important assistance on learning a new skill, enhance existing knowledge or provide an innovative approach to doing certain things. It can cover different topics such as cars, bookkeeping, playing the piano, cooking, learning a new language, attracting women and so much more.

What Makes a Good ebook Publisher?

If you can use a word processor, have a book written—or have an idea for one—and want to see your name in print, you just might have what it takes to succeed in self-publishing E-books. A flair for writing is desirable or you feel you can share expert advice and information on a specific field. But of course, not any ebook will do. You will want to come up with one that will best appeal to your target audience.

What Is An Ebook?

E-books, as the name implies, are simply electronic books that can be compiled with special software and read on a personal computer (PC) or an electronic device designed specifically for reading e-books (e-book reader). E-book readers are becoming more and more common.

Ebook Formats

 Two of the most popular today are the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader line. Unfortunately, the two different brands don’t read the same kinds of e-books. The first thing a person should do is figure out what formats an e-reader device supports. For more detailed information please the Mobile Read Ebook Formats wiki.

Popular e-book formats :

EUB = Nook, Sony PRS, Ipad, and etc…

MOBI/PRC = Amazon Kindle and the Cybook

An ePub is, essentially, a small self -contained, pre-packaged website. There are a few abbreviations associated with creating EPUBs. IDPF is the Trade and Standards Organization, for the digital publishing industry. The focus for this tutorial the abbreviations associated with EPUB and Kindle in general. EPUB is a combination of two words electronic and publication.

With the Kindle, we’ve got MOBI. Which is a shortening of Mobipocket. And that’s a format for the earlier Kindle devices, such as the E Ink and Paperwhite technology devices. It’s a subset of EPUB itself. It just has extra features built-in. As does the newer KF8 format, Kindle Fire 8. And that’s the newer, glossier, full-color devices.

You might also hear mention of AZW. That’s the very early device format which is DRM or Digital Rights Management free. And that’s essentially what Mobi and KF8 have built into them. They’ve got DRM technology built in to prevent unauthorized sharing and so on. KDP is Kindle Direct Publishing.

Ebook-formats For Kindle Devices

The following formats are applicable to publishing to Kindle devices, and why you’d use them. We’ve got two formats in practical terms. We have EPUB2, which is repackaged as the Mobi7 format on Kindle, and that’s supported by all Kindle devices.

And then we have the newer EPUB3, some people call it the fixed-layout format, which can be republished in the KF8 format. But that only works on the newer devices. If you’re writing a novel or a piece of text with supporting images or figures, then EPUB2 is for you, it’s also the easiest of the two to deal with, plus, of course, you have the potentially larger audience with both kinds of devices.

If you’re looking at a fixed layout publication, then your only choice is EPUB3. which is good for graphical in terms of layout like a book with a lot of pictures such as a children’s book.