When I first started working on making my short story into an ebook, I have to say that I never imagined just how many ebook readers there are out there. There’s the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple IBook, Sony Reader, and countless others. I also never realized just how much time and effort goes into formatting your ebook so that it can be read in the various formats.
When I decided to self-publish my story, I found that there were variety of mediums in which I could offer it. In addition to the various ereaders, there were also websites such as Smashwords, Overdrive, Createspace, Amazon’s KDP, Barnes & Noble’s PubIt, to name a few that gives author’s options to offer their work. At first, the thought of choosing which site/ereader that I wanted my work featured on felt a little daunting. It always is to someone who’s never been published officially. But the process to getting from to A to B isn’t really hard.
I spent some time reading up on the various websites and the services that they offered so that I could be sure that when the time came to publish my work that I’d be able to choose what I felt would work for me. I registered myself on all of the above websites, knowing that I might not use all of them to get my story out there. Truth be told, I just wanted to have the option to use their services in the future there. Even if I didn’t use them all now. In the end, I chose the Amazon KDP and the Barnes and Noble PubIt in which to publish my work with. Smashwords is an option, (Which I haven’t ruled out yet, btw,) but I don’t like that any work that we offer on it is DRM-free and just about anyone can get ahold of it and do with it what they will.
When I sat down to start creating my ebook for the Kindle, I first thought that it would be very hard. I had no real knowledge of what to do and I honestly thought that it would be very confusing. I was wrong. It’s not that hard at all.
I did even more research and downloaded the various software available to create my ebook like the Mobipocket Creator (Get the publisher version, btw, as it has more versatile.), Amazon’s Kindle Previewer (This program is mainly for previewing your work before you send it off for publishing.), and the Calibre Ebook Converter. After countless proofreads/edits , I saved my document as a webpage/HTML format (Amazon and Barnes and Noble have an in-depth guide to formatting your work, as does Smashwords.) and used Mobipocket to create a test ebook of my work. The moment that I saw my story up on the previewer was thrilling. A page or two needed to be centered, but other than that, I didn’t really have that many errors. That very night I had my first .MOBI/.PRC ebook for the Amazon Kindle created.
Several days later, I experimented with Calibre to create the ebook format for the Barnes and Noble Nook. Since I’d had the previous HTML file all ready when creating the one for the Kindle it made it even easier to convert it into en .EPUB format. Calibre will take a bit to get used to but it’s not that hard to use in converting your document into the various ereader formats. The only thing I wouldn’t use it to convert my files into is for a .PDF. I tried that and it didn’t come out very well. I ended up downloading the Primo .PDF software so that I could do so instead. And I have to say that I’m very pleased with their software. You can also use Adobe’s .PDF conversion services, but keep in mind that it’s $9.99 a month in order to use it. On the plus side of that, they allow for unlimited conversions. Whichever service/program you use, rest assured that you’ll be able to achieve the creation of your ebook with the time and effort that you put into it. The accomplishment that comes from doing so is exhilirating!