Monday, January 30, 2017

And now in paperback ...

Given that my Guide is now in its eighth edition, you can appreciate why I've hesitated to put out a print edition -- the publishing business changes so fast! But now I have bitten the bullet, and Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting is available on the Amazon store. The book includes a chapter on publishing a print edition, because I think you should do that as well. Over the past six months, I've seen my print sales increase while digital sales were stagnant or even fell, so that now they are nearly equal.

On the US store, the "Matchbook" price is zero, meaning that if you purchase the paperback, you can get the Kindle edition free. But you might want to hold that opportunity in reserve. I update the e-book once a year (and sometimes more often); that's a whole lot more difficult with print.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New & improved for 2017!

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting is now in its eighth edition, revised and updated for 2017, including a new chapter on formatting the print edition.

I became an Amazon e-publisher eight years ago, uploading a few Word docs to what was then called the Digital Text Platform. I soon changed to Html, the markup language used to build web pages. (All e-books are web pages at heart.) Then I discovered the wonders of the free and excellent Sigil software, which builds an "epub" of the sort used by Amazon's rivals in the e-book industry. It is by all measures the best way to format your e-book, creating a single file that can be uploaded to any retailer.

I outline the process in ten steps, with screenshots of my progress along the way. It's simple enough that anyone should be able to follow it, but as a fallback I also provide Plan B -- the Ultimate Basic Template that you can adapt to your own book. (And also a Plan C, in case you're still not convinced.) The Guide is intended to be used in connection with this blog.

I'll be happy to answer questions about the process. Just use the Comment window. -- NJ