Summary of Putting Ebooks LiveMy ebook project involved seven hours of start-to-finish creation of the ebook and loading it into both the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle store. I then added on a Barnes & Noble ebook with the same file a day later. My online notes explain everything in detail!
I began this project at 5pm on a Saturday, and was done at midnight, including eating dinner and taking other breaks. That was start to finish, including having to get the ebook into healthy shape in Word. By the end of the process I realized that my ebook (in its previous form) had already been selling 40 copies a month even though it wasn't really ready yet. So that gave me GREAT incentive to do some more cleanup on the following day to make this ebook great.
Posting the revisions the following day in Lulu and Amazon were quite easy. I simply revised the project and loaded up the new file. On that same day I went from start to finish on the Barnes & Noble Nook system and it took only a half hour including all the initial setup of my profile.
By using Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, I was able to get my ebook live in the Lulu system, in the Apple iBookstore, in the Barnes & Noble Nook, and in the Amazon Kindle system. I cover all the bases.
The software I ended up with on my computer was this:
* Calibre - free software converts Word / PDF files into ePub standard ebook files
* Sigil - free software lets you tweak and edit that ePub file. This ePub file is what Lulu takes.
* KindleGen - free software lets you convert ePub file into Amazon's .mobi file
* MobiPocket - I already had this installed, it's free software that lets you view .mobi files
By going in this order, it means I have one ePub file that is then used for all four systems. That way I only have to modify one file and I then know it's all set for all applications.
One key seemed to be making sure Word didn't have any curly quotes anywhere - those cause trouble for the ebook readers. Just change those to straight up and down quotes.
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