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What are the key differences between e-book and print formatting?

E-BOOKS DON’T HAVE PAGES, If there’s one thing you should understand before you prepare your manuscript for e-book publication, it’s this: e-books don’t have pages. Nearly all of the pesky formatting pitfalls authors run into during this process boil down to that one basic fact. Print books, as we have come to know and love them, exist in a fixed format. Many of the elements that we associate so strongly with the idea of a book are necessary only because of the print book’s sheer physicality and static nature, such as page numbers, footnotes and even basic page layout. However, in the world of e-books, they become obsolete. Each e-reading device will display the same e-book file differently; plus, different people might choose to experience the same e-book on the same reading device differently. This means a “page” on an iPhone would have to be entirely different from a “page” on a Kindle. And a “page” for one Nook user might be entirely different from a “page” for another Nook user. And what that means is nothing can be fixed in an e-book. Nothing can be static. An e-book’s formatting must be free-flowing if it is to display properly on all devices, for all users. And that’s what ePublisher promises: If you can just let go of everything you’ve ever known about what makes a book a book and follow our guidelines, your e-book will display beautifully for all devices, for all users.

What type of file can I upload to ePublisher’s online e-book editor?

WORD AND EPUB, The document you upload to the online e-book editor must be a Word document (either .doc, .docx or .rtf) or an ePUB file (.epub). These are currently the only file types that we accept, as they ensure the smoothest transition into an e-book.

Are there any restrictions on file size or word count?

2,500 WORD MINIMUM,5 MB MAXIMUM. The file size may not exceed 5 MB. Otherwise, our online editor will not be able to properly upload your manuscript and scan it for formatting errors. Additionally, before you can publish your e-book, your text must contain at least 2,500 words.

How should I order my manuscript?

WE'LL HELP YOU THROUGH IT, This is how your manuscript should be ordered when you submit it through our publisher: 1)Dedication 2) List of tables/figures 3) Foreword 4) Preface/Introduction 5) Acknowledgments 6) Prologue 7)Table of contents* 8)Main body (minimum of 2,500 words)* 9)Back matter * Note: The table of contents and the main text of your e-book are required. The other elements are optional.

Do I have to include a title page and copyright page?

NO, WE'LL DO THAT FOR YOU, Your e-book will need a title page and copyright page, but our online publisher will add them to the beginning of your e-book automatically.

Can my e-book have footnotes?

NO, BUT IT CAN HAVE ENDNOTES, Because there’s no fixed page structure, there’s no consistent way to anchor footnotes near their associated text. That means all footnotes must ultimately be changed to endnotes. However, if you’re manuscript is filled with footnotes, don’t sweat it! As long as you used Microsoft Word’s footnote functionality, when you upload your manuscript to our online e-book editor all footnotes will be automatically converted into endnotes, so you don’t have to worry about making the change to endnotes manually in your document. Plus, the endnotes will be automatically linked to ensure easy navigation for your readers. However, if you manually inserted and formatted footnotes or endnotes into your document without using Word’s functionality, the footnote/endnote text will just appear as part of the page.

Can my e-book have a table of contents?

ABSOLUTELY, In fact, a table of contents is required for almost all e-books distributed through popular vendors, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Sony. Again because there are no pages, a linked table of contents is the only real way for readers to navigate your e-book. There two ways to prepare your table of content: (1) using the "Header 1" label or (2) using our online editor: 1) Mark Chapters Using the "Heading 1" Style. Our online editor will interpret any text in a “Heading 1” paragraph style as the beginning of a chapter. As your manuscript is uploading, the editor will automatically create a table of contents by finding and linking what it interprets to be your e-book’s chapter breaks. If for some reason we don’t get it right – no worries – you’ll be able to preview your table of contents and make changes and corrections in the online editor. Note: Please do not use the table of contents tools to create a table of contents page with hyperlinks in your document prior to upload. If you do this, you will end up with two table of contents in your e-book. 2) Mark Chapters Using our Online Editor. Once you upload your manuscript, you will be able to simply highlight each chapter’s title and click the “Add/Remove Chapter” button. Use this to build your table of contents from scratch or to make changes to the editor’s automatic interpretations. Do not include a table of contents as part of the text of your manuscript as this will become redundant with the linked table of contents created in the editor. You can preview your table of contents in the online editor and easily make any edits you deem necessary.

Can my e-book include hyperlinks?

YES, You may include both internal and external links in your e-book. Set hyperlinks up in your document, or use the online e-book editor. The hyperlink tool within our editor offers basic options for defining the link type and its target plus some more complex options for the advanced user.

Can my e-book include in-text images?

YES, You have two choices: You can place your in-text images (images that fall within the text of your book – not the cover image) into your book yourself with our ePublisher service. Or if you’d like for a professional designer to place sequential in-text images (up to 10) in your e-book, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the higher-level packages (Time Saver, Trendsetter, Socializer, or Eye Catcher). You will be able to upload images to your Personal Media Library on the "Editor" tab by clicking the "Insert Image" icon or clicking the "Media Library" toolbar on the left-hand side of the page. A ePublisher team member will contact you after you've uploaded your images if you've purchased Time Saver, Trendsetter, Socializer, or Eye Catcher. You can then provide instructions for where to place your images. Please note: You must upload your in-text images into your Personal Media Library regardless of which package you bought. The online e-book editor will automatically strip any images found in your manuscript.

What image guidelines should I follow (for in-text images)?

a) JPG, GIF OR TIFF b) 500 x 700 PIXELS c) 72 PPI (for in-text) d) 200 PPI (for cover) e) RGB f) OWN THE RIGHTS Follow these guidelines for the best-looking in-text images. Be aware that some retailers may reject an e-book for sale on their sites if it contains blurry or grainy images. All images will need to be uploaded separately from your manuscript. The images you upload must be in one of the following file formats: .jpg, .gif, .tiff, For optimum results, we strongly recommend an image size of 500 x 700 pixels. It’s not the end of the world if an image doesn’t fit those exact proportions, but you must always use a minimum of 600 pixels for an image’s height. Ppi stands for pixels per inch. For best display on electronic reading devices, a minimum resolution of 72 ppi is required for all interior images. For cover images, a minimum of 200 ppi is required, though 300 ppi is recommended. All images must be in RGB color mode, not CMYK (used for print). If you’re using Adobe Photoshop, you can check and/or convert your image’s color mode under Image > Mode. If necessary, it’s best to convert images from CMYK to RGB before manipulating or altering them in any way. You must own the copyright to the image or have written permission to use the image from the copyright holder.