While words and pictures and ideas are what make a text, book formatting and cover design are what really transform the words and images into a "real book."

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how to make an ebook"How to make and publish an eBook" is loaded with info to help you write, design, distribute, and promote your eBook. On this web page, we’ve collected the best-of-the-best information from our blog dedicated to creating eBooks, including Writing an eBook; How to design, format, and convert an eBook; How to get worldwide distribution; and How to promote an eBook.

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In order to turn your book into a functional eBook, your manuscript document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .html, etc.) must be converted to another file format (ePUB for most eReading devices, and .mobi for Kindle). Whether you're handling the technical aspects of this process yourself or having a service like BookBaby take care of it for you, there's a few things you need to do in advance to make sure your manuscript is optimally formatted for eBook file-conversion.

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Can you guess the common eBook formatting mistake authors make when preparing for ePUB conversion? You should NOT use the tab key to indent paragraphs.

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I assume you have perfectly good justification for every decision you've made in your writing... we're talking justification in eBooks of the content, including text and pictures.

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What kind of eBook margins should you set up for your eBook? The short answer: small and uniform!

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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times: There is no fixed pagination with an eBook, however, you CAN designate where you want page breaks.

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