Learn How To Compile Your eBook In Popular Formats, Including PDF, ePub, and DRM.

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The earliest eBooks were published by Project Gutenburg in 1971, but the format came into its own with the growth and development of the Internet in the early 1990's. You can read a brief history by clicking here. During that decade and into the new millennium, the easiest and cheapest format to produce were compilations of HTML pages.

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These were great to create; you simply made a basic Website complete with photographs, drawings, graphics, and hyperlinks to navigate, and it was compiled into an .exe program. These were easy to download from the Internet, but difficult to send by e-mail, and only usable on a PC. They remain quite popular today, but there primary role has been taken by PDF files.


The Growth of PDF eBooks

PDF is the acronym for Portable Document Format, and was created by Adobe Systems Inc. Special reader software is needed to open this type of file, and the Adobe Reader is distributed free of charge on the majority of new computers. It can also be downloaded from Adobe.com

Read the info OnlinePDF compilers were installed originally as a printer drivers, and if you're sending a manuscript to a printer for hard copy books, they will require complex print versions of the PDF file. You will require a copy of Acrobat software from Adobe to create these files.

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The latest version allows you to import a wide range of objects in addition to text. You can import files containing images, interactive images, Flash objects, and even videos and sound files.

This will make your finished eBook extremely interactive.


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Why ePub is the New Standard

The ePub format is rapidly gaining popularity and by 2011 was the most widely supported vendor-independant, XML-based e-book format. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption. The IDPF develops and maintains the EPUB® standard format for reflowable digital books and other digital publications that are interoperable between disparate reading devices and applications.

Read the White Paper from Adobe on the topic.

There are a number of reasons for the new and growing popularity of the ePub format:

  • It is free, open source software
  • It is readily adaptable for Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • The major book publishers turning to eBook publishing tend to use ePub and DRM

Amazon reported early in 2011 that they now sold more Kindle eBooks each month than hard copy books for delivery. This trend is being repeated with other publishers worldwide, and we are now starting to see the demise of High Street bookshops. It was reported in the press in February of 2011 that Borders were closing over 200 shops and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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How to Create ePub Files

You can use professional software like Adobe InDesign, which can publish your eBook as PDF or ePub, as well as other formats. One of the most popular software programs to create ePub files comes from Mobipocket. It is free, and you can then upload your compiled eBook, complete with DRM if required, to their Website for hundreds of retailers to access.

With most conversion software, you require a clean Word document in 2003-7 format. Create a page-break at the end of each chapter, and you will find that Mobipocket can quickly create your ePub files. Once you start Mobipocket Creator, it opens a great splash screen that gives you the various options. Select to import an MS Word document.

Their import wizard opens and you can browse for the file to be converted and select the output folder. It only takes a few seconds, and you must then select the cover image for your eBook. Once the wizard imports the image, go to the bottom of the wizard window and select UPDATE. If you neglect this, when you go to the next option, it drops the image import.

TIP: Don't include a cover image inside the Word document.

Many online publishers prefer your book not to contain a list of contents, especially if you hyperlink them. The wizard allows you to create a contents page, and provides excellent Help section, if you're not sure. In the Book Settings section, you need only set the type to eBook, unless you require specific encoding. Don't forget to UPDATE, which saves your selection.

The metadata section is most important. Complete as many fields with complete accuracy as you can. This metadata is the information used by online eBook sales Websites like Amazon Kindle and Mobipocket retailers to include on their sales page. Once again, update the information to save it, before leaving that window.

The next stage is to Build the eBook as an ePub document. Click on the Build button on the top Menu bar, and a new window opens. It is advisable to create two versions:

  • One with No Encryption
  • A version with DRM Encryption

To do this, it is best to save each version in a separate folder, or the second version is likely to overwrite the first one. Check the output folder, and you will see 4 files have been created. The .PRC file is the one you may have to upload to some vendors.

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The Purpose of DRM

Digital Rights Management is popular with most authors and publishers of digital content, including eBooks, movies, and music files. This is because the software is packed and encrypted so it can only be used by the purchaser. It tends to prohibit piracy and free exchange of your eBooks, but there are complaints.

It is not possible for the user to make backup copies for use on other devices. Apart from that, it is hugely popular and has helped Amazon's Kindle store to become the world's leader in the sale of eBooks. When you publish your eBook, the first place to upload a copy will be to Kindle!

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How to Convert eBooks

You may download an eBook from the Internet and find it is not compatible with your reader software, or you may wish to convert a Word document file to another format. It is a complex subject, because there are dozens of eBook formats now available on the Internet.

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