eBook and Print Book formatting can be the most difficult aspect of self publishing. With over 13 high value retailers like Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords among others, getting your eBook to render correctly on all devices and more importantly acceptable by these retailers takes intricate knowledge of HTML coding and design.
Getting your content to appear is just one part of the puzzle, making your book navigation friendly is also vital to your books long term success in these market places.
Print books are also challenging. Without in depth knowledge of Portable Document Formats (PDF) file manipulation you might not be able to format your print book for distribution channels such as Lightning source and CreateSpace.
Speedy Publishing now takes the hassle out of formatting. We provide the services that you need to get your books into the hands of readers faster and more professionally formatted than any other service.
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Here is whats included in ALL of our Packages:
- Guaranteed to be accepted by all retail channels (including the Smashwords Premium Catalog & Apple iBooks)
- We accept manuscripts in Word doc, Word .docx, mobi file, EPUB2 & EPUB3, Open Office and PDF.
- Choose from over 30 Professionally Designed Templates with proper page headings, book images, front matter content
- Table of Contents and in book navigation features.
- Maintain the original formatting of your book including italics, bold words and underlined
- Adding Hyperlinks to external Websites where allowed depending on retailer.
- Footnotes and end notes can be added and hyperlinked to allow for a great reading experience.
- Promotional links added in eBooks.
- Print Books are formatted in any size from 5" x 8" to 8.5" x 11".
- Professionally Designed Print book templates.
- Page Headers and Footnotes are added where required.
Understanding The Different Formatting Styles
EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a format created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) that has the extension .epub. It is really just a ZIP file with html files that represent chapters and pages in your book. The reason why an EPUB is important is because 90% of eBook retailers will accept an EPUB file for sales on their websites. If you have a book that is NOT in this type of format it limits the number of retailers your book may be distributed to. While this is not the only format accepted it’s the most widely accepted.
By definition EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device such as the Kindle, Nook, Kobo Reading Device, iPAD and other Tablets and Mini Computers. EPUB also supports fixed-layout content. The format is intended as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale. It supersedes the Open eBook standard.
Let Speedy Publishing convert your book from Microsoft Word to EPUB format complete with chapters and readable by Adobe Digital Editions (Download Adobe Digital Editions).
What is A MOBI file and why every author needs one for their book?
Files that use the .mobi file extension are very similar to an EPUB file, they both are designed to allow readers to access digital eBooks which have been created and saved using the Mobipocket binary eBook format. This is typically the format used by Amazon’s Kindle reading devices and several other online retailers. While not as popular as the EPUB this is the format of choice by Amazon and while Amazon does convert the books submitted in other formats to a MOBI file it does leave much to be desired for a reading experience. Having a file formatted specifically for this purpose is very beneficial to both the reader and the author.
Two important things to note about the MOBI eBook file format is that it supports standard HTML and it is one of the three major Open eBook Publication formats used typically in for eBook distribution.
MOBI files may contain DRM copyright protection features. DRM features prevent unauthorized users from viewing or copying an eBook that is contained in the MOBI file. You can read a Mobi File by Kindle Previewer. Download The Kindle Previewer Here
What is A Web Optimized PDF?
Portable Document Format (PDF) is the defacto file format for presenting device-independent documents on and off the Web. PDFs are an efficient way to accurately describe simple to intricate documents for screen or print output. A PDF document is a collection of objects with structural information in a self-contained series of bytes.
PDF optimization is often overlooked when creating PDF files for the Web. While PDFs have become quite popular on the Web, many PDFs used in web sites are designed for high quality print output and are not optimized for the Web.
Even PDFs designed for Web use can have a wait problem, weighed down with excess fonts, change histories, and unoptimized images and forms. Optimizing PDF files for the Web can significantly shrink their size and boost display speed, saving bandwidth and user frustration.
Let Speedy Publishing Optimize your files for distribution to eBook Retailers.
Creating Your Print PDF
If you're intend to submit your book to print on demand services such as Create Space, Lightning Source or Speedy Publishing for publication, you will need to ensure that you format your book document according to widely used print on demand specifications using pre-sets that are critical for submission guidelines to these services.
Before you begin the process of submitting your documents if they are in Microsoft Word they will need to be converted to an acceptable PDF format. Speedy Publishing uses the correct methods to generate a PDF intended for high-quality printing. We also provide you with the working documents before we generate the final file that will allow you to conduct future editing of your PDF files so that you may edit them later if you wish.
Please note that PDF is an open source file format, which essentially means that anyone can write PDF creation software programs or plug-ins. However, not all software will create a PDF for use in print applications. Speedy Publishing ensures best results by using programs and plug-ins from reputable software providers to create PDFs.
**YOU MUST PROVIDE IMAGE FILES AT LEAST 300DPI IN RESOLUTION**