How to make a beautiful ebook in .EPUB format, like ebooks for sale on a Kindle?

Anonymous May 16, 2014

How to make a beautiful ebook (in .EPUB format ), like ebooks for sale on a Kindle?

  1. Awriter G
    May 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I make epubs to check myself with Calibre but if you upload your MS Word doc (.doc file) to Amazon they'll make it a .mobi file for Kindle users. Although if you upload it to they can get your ebook in any format you need and they can also help you get your ebooks into stores. I haven't had a problem with any of my ebooks with Smashwords.

  2. Jcxrtweee
    May 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    If you are on Mac, I'd suggest to use iBook Author to write ebooks in epub format. And mostly important, it's free. I have used it to publish serveral ebooks on iTunes store.

  3. Oron J
    May 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    There are plenty of ways to do this. A few things you need to know:

    1. Most ebook formats are basically repackaged sets of HTML (web) files.
    2. The ePub format is used pretty my by all readers except Kindle, which uses .mobi...
    3. You can create the HTML files yourself with any program which will generate them (e.g. Word, LibreOffice, DreamWeaver etc) or even by hand, and package them together yourself. This is the long way. It's not the easiest, and the results won't necessarily be all that good (especially if you save your Word file as HTML).
    4. You can start with one of the above and use Sigil (a free program produced by Google) to "tidy up" the code and package the result. That's a more sensible way to do this.
    5. You can use one of the many available programs that can generate an ePub/Mobi file directly. The most well known are Atlantis, Scrivener and JUTOH. All of them are free to try out and cost around $40 to buy. They will all do a good job, but differ from each other in too many details to list here.
    6. If you also want the book to appear in print, you could start out with a page layout program such as Serif Page Plus 7, InDesign or QuarkExpress and export the file as an ePub. From what I've read, InDesign's output is not that great (despite it being the most "professional" package) and needs a fair amount of tweaking in Sigil before it is publication-ready.
    7. Finally, you should also know that you can use Calibre (a free program) to convert between ePub, Mobi and many other formats, including PDF and Word. The results are sometimes excellent and sometimes awful, but if you already have your book in Word format, it may be worth trying this route first!
    • Angela A
      May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

      For MakeUseOf eBooks we use Sigil and then convert to Kindle format with the Kindle Previewer app. It's the best way to keep the code clean and get it to look exactly right.


  4. Hovsep A
    May 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon

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