How to Publish an Ebook

Learning how to publish an ebook is on the minds of every publisher these days. Incorporating this new process in the existing workflow of your production team can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This guide is designed to make the process easy by offering suggested webcasts that walk you through the entire process. Learn how to  convert to ebook formats like ePub and Kindle,  convert from formats like PDF and Word, find ebook publishing software, tips and much more.

Tools to Help You Publish eBooks

For publishers using InDesign software, it’s recommended to read our resources page, Resources: Going from InDesign to Ebook, in order to get familiar with the print-to-digital workflow. Once familiar, the next logical step is to figure out the best tools for your publishing needs and your current capabilities. That article will offer some great suggestions about how to manage your ebook conversion, resources and tools commonly used to convert to the ePub format, and more. When it’s time to roll up your sleeves and learn how to actually implement the workflow, come back here and take the next steps through our intensive WEBcast Ebook series.

How to Publish an eBook in 7 Steps

Whether converting your ebook to the ePub format or for the Kindle, these are the basic parts of ebook conversion workflow:

  1. Creating: There are many ways of building an ePub file. The one you start with depends on your current workflow, skills, budget, time available for training and the origin of your content.
  2. Unzipping: An ePub file is a zipped folder made of many files that serve specific purposes. It must be unzipped before editing unless you have editing software that allows editing without unzipping.
  3. Editing: There is no one way of exporting or building an ePub file that does not require hand coding in order to fix errors or finesse the design.
  4. Zipping: This step recombines the various files in an ePub file so that it can be accepted by an eRetailer.
  5. Validating: In order for an eRetailer to accept your ePub, it must pass validation. The validation process helps to pinpoint errors in coding, so it’s useful to validate a file at many points during editing.
  6. Conversion from ePub to Kindle format (or the other way around): ePub and the Kindle formats are not the same. You can use one for the starting point of building the other; however, conversion is just the first step. There are manual coding adjustments that need made if moving between these formats.
  7. Testing: This is the final step in every ePub workflow is quality control. Test your ePub file on as many different eReader devices, software and apps as possible in order to review your product from a UX (user experience) perspective.

At the InDesign to Ebook – Optimizing Your Workflow workshop from Digital Book World 2011, Colleen Cunningham and Matt LeBlanc introduced these basic steps of ePub workflow and discussed quality control to seminar attendees.

Even if you weren’t able to attend DBW 2011, you can gain an even more in-depth look at how to convert to ePub and Kindle formats with the following intensive webcasts from Joshua Tallents (eBook Architects) from the comfort of your own office. Note: DBW Members enjoy a 40% discount on all intensive webcasts. Join today!

The Essential Webcast Series on Ebook Production

This three-part package of intensive webcasts will help you make ebook production and conversion to epub formats a reality in your production workflow by going through the devices and formats in focused detail.

Ebook 202: Design/Production Intensive WEBcasts
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Ebook 202: Design/Production

Our most current and complete package combines three of our comprehensive eBook publishing webcasts into one convenient bundle. The discounted package includes:

  • Ebook 202.1: Ebook Devices, Formats, and Retailers – Post-iPad
  • Ebook 202.2: The Kindle — Format, Features and Influence
  • Ebook 202.3: ePUB – Enhancements, Limitations and Prognostications

With the Ebook 202 series, get up to speed on ebook production and epub conversion quickly and easily.

How to Convert to ePub Format

Targeting conversions to the ePub format? These two webcasts will walk you through the nuts and bolts of ebook production and conversion.

Ebook 201: Converting and Formatting for ePub (Sony, Nook, iPad)
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Ebook 201: Converting and Formatting for ePub

While PDF files are exact replicas of print documents, ePub and Kindle files use CSS and HTML to format content into what are essentially zipped-up mini-websites. In this intensive WEBcast, Joshua Tallent of eBook Architects, an expert in eBook conversion and production, provides publishers with a step-by-step guide on converting your books to ePub.

Joshua Tallent will take you through:

  • Converting your PDF, InDesign, or Word file into XHTML
  • Cleaning up XHTML content into a workable form
  • Breaking up XHTML content for ePub format
  • Creating key files like the OPF and NCX files then zipping up the contents
  • Learning to use ePubCheck to validate your files and troubleshoot common errors
  • Testing your ePub files and getting ready for publication
  • Automating steps including learning about conversion programs and WYSIWYG ePub editors
Ebook 202.3: ePUB – Enhancements, Limitations, and Prognostications
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Ebook 202.3: ePub — Enhancements, Limitations & Prognostications

Rapid changes in the ebook market has led to interesting advancements in how the ePUB format has been adapted to meet the needs of different retailers, especially Apple. While ePUB3 is still in development, and these adaptations are not always in compliance with the current ePUB standard, they do offer compelling enhancement capabilities to content creators.

This Intensive WEBcast looks at how enhancements are coded, talks about their increasingly wide use, and offers practical advice on the best ways to implement enhancements into your content and workflow.

The WEBCast also touches on the basics of ePUB development and includes useful tips for making your eBooks look and function their best in all the major ePUB devices.

How to Convert to Kindle Format

Know that you’re creating ebooks in the Kindle format? These two webcasts will guide you through the particular nuances of the Kindle Publishing Program as well as creating ebooks for the Kindle.

Ebook 201: Converting and Formatting for the Kindle
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Ebook 201: Converting and Formatting for the Kindle

Creating for Kindle made easy with Part II of eBook 201: eBook Production Intensive WEBcast series presented by Digital Book World.

Creating for the Kindle is made easy with this Intensive WEBcast featuring Joshua Tallent of eBook Architects, an expert in eBook conversion and production through this in-depth guide for publishers.

Learn how to use:

  • Amazon Kindle’s Publishing Program – Including practical information on creating and uploading eBooks for the Kindle.
  • KindleGen – Master the software used to build eBooks sold through Amazon’s Kindle platform and learn all about Amazon’s proprietary eBook file formats: .azw and .mobi files.
  • Mobipocket Creator – Although Amazon bought Mobipocket Creator in 2005 and has since launched KindleGen software, Mobipocket Creator has not been fully phased out.
Ebook 202.2: The Kindle — Format, Features and Influence
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Ebook 202.2: The Kindle — Format, Features and Influence

In the past few years, Amazon has been busily building a well-rounded ebook ecosystem that controls the majority of ebook sales, by most accounts. This WEBcast will help you dive right into the Kindle format with in-depth information about how the Kindle format has changed since the launch of the first Kindle device. EBook 202.2 will discuss how the Kindle is influencing the way we see ebooks and will also show you how to add video and audio enhancements to Kindle ebooks. With a look of the differences in formatting found across the various Kindle devices and software applications, we’ll also give you a brief overview of the basic steps in Kindle eBook development.

Create better Kindle ebooks through this practical session, which will give you a real feel of how Kindle formatting shapes your customers’ reading experience.

More eBook Publishing Resources

The following webcast is highly recommended to complement your eBook publishing knowledge. Dig deeper into how to publish for different ebook devices in various formats.

Ebook 202.1: Ebook Devices, Formats, and Retailers - Post-iPad | How to Publish an eBook
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Ebook 202.1: Ebook Devices, Formats, and Retailers – Post-iPad

With the launch of the iPad, the eBook world is changing at breakneck speed. This WEBcast will map out major eBook devices and formats as well as go over what distribution options are available to authors and publishers. With an overview of eBook technologies and companies, this WEBcast adds special emphasis on how authors and publishers can most effectively and easily benefit from the new technologies.