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One of the best, if not the best book available on e-books,
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This review is from: Publishing E-Books For Dummies (Paperback)
If you have considered writing a book or a story or article and then publishing it digitally, here's your book. I highly recommend getting it and reading it cover to cover. It could very well expand your horizons to consider the possibilities. You could easily get quite excited about those possibilities.
.Pdf's, Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing, print on demand--those and other ways of getting your words out there have opened a door that was quite hard to get through in times past. There is no substitute for quality writing, whether you hope to publish traditionally or by doing so on your own. But the opportunity is there, waiting, available, very available.
This book like all "for Dummies" books is well organized and accessible. Using the "Contents at a Glance" or the 8-page "Table of Contents," the Index or even Part VI, "The Part of Tens" (3 full chapters)--you can quickly and easily locate what you want to know.
This book takes you step-by-step from the germ of an idea for an e-book or article to the finished product, then to publishing it and marketing it, including details on how to formulate your text (for .pdf, Mobi, Kindle, etc.). To my mind, this is the book to read to get up to speed on what is going on with e-publishing and how you can go about it, with or without hiring from professionals (like editors, marketing experts, and so on).
Also throughout the text, there are frequent screen shots that illustrate, for example, how to work with Microsoft Word, Wordpress, forematting your text for Kindle, Smashwords, and other e-book formats, and even crafting sales pages. It's like a college course, really, but much more reader-friendly than a good number of college text books. It is crystal clear and thorough.
Read this book and you will have a solid grounding in the ins and outs of e-publishing. And Ms. Luke has a way of presenting her information and know-how in a way that makes it not only practical but also easily usable. In fact, much of the information in this book you can put to use right away.
Ali Luke is a published writer, novelist, writing coach, and creator of not only her blog [...] but also The Writer's Huddle community for aspiring writers. I have been reading her blog for over a year and am a member of The Writer's Huddle--which I have benefitted from and continue participating in. She is a graduate of Cambridge University (English Literature) and earned a Master's degree in Creative and Life writing at Goldsmith's College, University of London.
One more thing about the author: She knows her stuff. She has written and published more than a dozen ebooks, and she has published a novel both in paperback and digital form (Lycopolis, the first in a Sci-fi/fantasy trilogy). In short, she has "been there, done that"--numerous times. Hence she is well-qualified to advise us on the ways and means of e-publishing.
If you own a Kindle, or have the app on your PC or Mac, you can download a free preview containing the entire Table of Contents, Introduction, and the first two chapters.
Highly recommended for anyone wishing to become knowledgeable about what is going on with e-books and how to go about writing and publishing your own.