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Paul Salvette is a small businessman and author living in Bangkok, Thailand. He provides eBook design and conversion services for authors and small presses. Paul is also an avid reader and occasionally forays into writing. He grew up in the states and is married to Lisa Salvette from Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeastern Thailand. Paul also served in the US Navy from 2002-2009 with some time in Iraq. He hopes to stay in Thailand until he is deported or dies of natural causes (whichever comes first).
Are you a "Save As" Weenie? There is no excuse to be (or not to know what one is) with this book in your hand.
I bought The eBook Design and Development Guide as part of my quest for the arcane knowledge that has to be summoned in various bits and pieces via Google if you're going to put together an ePub or Kindle file (or in my case, both) that works.
After 10 exasperating days trying to create an ePub file that would make it though the ePub verifier, I first turned to Sigil but found that while it made a lot of things much easier it also inserted all sorts of strange <div> tags that reappeared as soon as you deleted them. I wanted to create a book using clean HTML--not ready-made, Save As Weenie-type shortcuts that might lead to problems later with some platform or other.
I then happened upon this book, and things started looking up. 10 days later, I had not only an ePub file that was successfully verified, but a Kindle file, too, that worked as well as a Kindle file can be expected to.
This book's biggest pluses are its conciseness and comprehensiveness, and the fact that it is still hot off the press, meaning it's packed with totally up-to-date information. The author takes you through EVERY aspect of ebook production--right through to the marketing--with links to resources here and there if he thinks you might need to know more. The author even links to his excellent ebook-dedicated YouTube channel in the superbly practical appendices (that go all the way up to P!) for a further offering of well-thought-out hands-on tuition.
The book includes basic tuition on HTML and CSS for those that need it, and with a gentleness of touch that will calm and before long empower even the least code-savvy types.Read more ›
eBook-Design-Development-Guide-ebook by Paul Salvette [...]
Paul's ebook on "How to turn your stuff into an ebook" is an heroic attempt at a monumental task, and certainly fills a notable gap in sources to turn to for those who want not only to write their story but also to put it into ebook format rather than pay an 'aggregator' to do it for them.
Personally, being a bear of small brain like Pooh, I find it very hard to switch between authoring and the technical side of things, even tho' I've quite a track record in writing HTML code from scratch- what some called 'hand-rolled'.(Paul's warning against using e.g. Microsoft Word to convert your book into HTML is very timely).
But I'm "financially challenged" like to many Indie publishers and I had no choice: I wish I could have laid my hands on this ebook months back when I tackled the long hard learning-curve: not only does this work include a wealth- I mean a cornucopia- of examples, it is the living proof of the elegance and 'style' than can be worked into an ebook for all platforms.
As such, it is also a good example of what authors should expect from an aggregator if they want to turn over the technical side to someone else and concentrate on their next bonk-buster or definitive technical work (yes; I believe what they say, that the next growth market will be school and college text-books which will require all the clever stuff with pictures, tables, audio and video which Paul elucidates so well). Authors going that road clearly need to shop around for Quality as well as Price.
In short, this work has everything to recommend it: my only reservation is that like all comprehensive how-to books covering the whole ground it is inevitably over-whelming. But there is no way out of that. In shorter- more than worth the money (that's guesswork- I'm in Spain and Amazon doesn't show a price as Kobo would!).
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I've just started an indie academic publishing venture (Academic Bytes), and saw this book recommended on a self-publishing author's blog. Although it was just a little more expensive than other Kindle books on e-publishing, it was worth every cent. Its detailed instructions were awesome, and enabled me to format my first ebook perfectly. I ultimately imported the html files in Sigil as a compiler (and checker), and was able to use this book as a guide to ensure I'd got every step right. Given the author runs an ebook construction business that will do all of this for you, the book provides very generous detail. I have not found anything else like it. As the author notes, working from html and css produces cleaner files than converting word documents. I mastered all the css I needed for ebook creation within the 48 hours it took me to read this book from cover to cover and implement its instructions. My only criticism would be that I was a little confused about exactly what I had to do when removing cover-related information from my epub file before converting it to mobi format for upload to Kindle Direct. But when I relaxed and took at face value the list of steps the author outlines as a checklist for this process, I found it worked perfectly, and it was probably me, rather than the book, that was confused! I'd thoroughly recommend this book for someone who wants to carefully control the appearance of their ebooks, and doesn't mind the idea of working with html and css code. If that is you, this book is a must.
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