What is an epubber?
2. Your Book
Editing, elements, experience and friends
Choosing a pathway,
epubs, Linux and LibreOffice
Front, body, end matter for ebooks
Creating a cover,
ISBNs, payments, tax issues compared
Epubbing Pathways table,
Here is Epubbing
Pathways, a one-page pdf table comparing the costs, benefits and drawbacks of
the major ebook retailer and distributor channels.
The table summarises the information on the Pathways and Details pages, and
I hope to keep it as up-to-date as possible. So if you notice anything
that needs changing, please feel free to email me on kate (at) seabooks.net, and
I'll be happy to send you a free epub or mobi copy of one of my ebooks as a
Jane Friedman's chart on traditional and independent
publishing is a good high-level view of the game of play, and a nice
adjunct to the detailed information above.
Below are some useful new links, as well as those already mentioned in these
pages (in one place to save you hunting around).
Australian authors meet a few stumbling blocks from some of the channels
but we've got other options. Here's what we need to keep in
- Barnes & Noble don't supply Nook Press services to Australians.
- Lulu won't provide Amazon or Kobo formatted ebooks for Australian authors.
- Australians and non-US residents have to submit a W-8BEN declaration to get tax treaty concessions, but still lose
an extra 5%.
But we have one small advantage: Australian ISBN numbers are much cheaper to buy than US ones.
Jane Friedman's great list of resources
Regularly updated discussions of ebook economics
Reviews of electronic and print channels
Joel Friedlander's The Book Designer
Joanna Penn's The Creative Penn
Reddit group Selfpublish
Opinions and Blogs
Jane Friedman's blog
J. A. Konrath's blog
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog
Hugh Howey's blog on writing and sailing, The Wayfinder
AuthorEarnings on ebook market share
Hugh Howey on renting vs owning your own house
Mark Coker arguments against KU
Hugh Howey arguments for KU
David Gaughran on KU non-action against spammers
Channel Links, Support, Reviews
This is not an exhaustive list, so always check for more recent information.
Some of the reviews from Independent Publishing Magazine are several years
out of date but are still useful. Pronoun is too new to have a review
yet, others simply don't rank well enough.
Kindle Direct Publishing
– KDP support –
– iBooks support
Nook Press –
Nook Press support
Life – KWL Review
Pronoun – Pronoun
– Draft2Digital support – Draft2Digital review
Smashwords – Smashwords
support – Smashwords review
Booktango – Booktango support
Lulu – Lulu
support – Lulu review
eBookIT – eBookIT
styleguide and support – eBookIT review
BookBaby – BookBaby support – BookBaby review
IngramSpark – IngramSpark support – IngramSpark review
IDPF validator for EPUB files
Sigil – free program for creating epubs from doc files, all platforms
Calibre – free software for reading epub and mobi files, all platforms
Jutoh – ebook editor, convertor and creator for Mac, Windows and Linux
Scrivener – word processor & project management,
Windows and Mac
PressBooks – online book writing and layout software
For Linux or LibreOffice Users
Word to Clean HTML – generates clean html files for KDP
Notjohn's KDP guide, plus Linux and LibreOffice tips
formatting guide for LibreOffice
Series for Linux
users on ebook formatting
Book Structure and Design
Traditional print book structure
David Gaughran on ToC location
The Book Designer competition for ebook cover design
Gimp – free, multiplatform image processing software
Canva – inexpensive book cover design resources
Typewolf typography blog
Free fonts: FontSquirrel
Free stock photos: Pexels
Flickr vintage photos
Thorpe-Bowker Identification Services
W-8BEN – Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals)
MA Demers on confusion over foreign tax exemptions
Wikipedia on DRM
Mark Coker on DRM drawbacks
Promotion and Marketing
David Gaughran on ebook pricing
Mark Coker on ebook pricing
David Gaughran on marketing
Marketing Onion on marketing
: Useful basics, plus information on KDP Select
: helpful basics. Apple's guidelines
on how to use their material in any
: blog articles.
: general promotional tips.
: good marketing suggestions. Pronoun also provides
detailed keyword and genre information.
Book Marketing Guide
and Secrets to
Ebook Publishing Success
, two great free ebooks.
: interesting and helpful blog.
Where to Now?
Just keep writing (of course) and start epubbing!