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Self-Publishing Ebooks: The Absolute Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide To Ebook Publishing by [Zia, Stephanie, Binner, Mark]
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"So good I used it in a workshop. I trawled through so many websites and blogs on self-publishing. Stephanie's book was easily the best. So simple. So straightforward." Amazon US 5* review

"Informative, clearly written and does not use computerese. It is focused and, unlike other publications, does not feel it necessary to give you the whole story of mankind before getting to the point." Amazon US 5*

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How to Publish An Ebook on a Budget is a straightforward, quick guide on how to self publish your writing and your pictures. Everything to do with ebook publishing is covered from copy editing and copyright to kindle formatting and self publishing on Amazon.

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  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993092268
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books; 24 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UNLBHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ok so I went back and forth between 2 stars and 3. Ultimately I landed on two which I admit is kinda harsh.... but if you're going to publish an ebook about, well, publishing an ebook, you're going to be held to a higher standard.

Case in point. Like most self-publishing folks, she stresses the need for a strong editor. She names her editor as being one she can really trust... (you know where this is going, don't you) YUP, this book REALLY needed an editor. That's one star. She's from the UK and to her credit she tells people to assume that the majority of your readers will be from the U.S. and to write accordingly. She EXPLICITLY says to never use only metric units but to give both for the folks in the new world... Yeah, you know where this is going too. She gives units in cm only. That cost her a star.

However the biggest problem is this. What she knows she knows.... but what she doesn't know she just sorta wings and it gets ugly fast. For example: She does not 100% understand how to zip files and says to zip the files, put the zip file in a folder and zip it again just to be sure. HUH?

And then there is the digital picture thing. Without sounding too much like a jerk... she has no clue what she is talking about. TO HER CREDIT she knows this is not her long suit and she says that and points you to better sources. But the physician's creed comes to mind; 'first do no harm.' Much of what she says is just wrong. Better to say less and be more accurate. AND (sadly) much of what she says is actually correct but then on another page she says the opposite. Talk about needing an editor! It's painful.

But let me say again the most important line in this review. *What she knows she knows.*

The first half of the book is great.
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A fantastically brisk, snappy and practical guide to publishing an e-book - all the salient points are covered, and I love the step-by-step hand-holding nature of the instructions for the techie aspects! It's a quick, easy read, and will be undeniably useful for anyone embarking on the great adventure that is e-publishing. It certainly was for me.

Louise Voss
Author of Killing Cupid
Killing Cupid: A Psychological Crime Novel
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Although I already have my books out in ebook format, this had some valuable information I didn't know. I would recommend reading this if you want to create your own ebook. Download this book, read it, and glean the information you need.
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Quite honestly, I downloaded this book to my Kindle because it was either free or quite inexpensive, and I'm so glad that I did! It's filled with interesting, informative, and up-to-date material, and the author somehow conveys the feeling to the reader that "You can do it!" If this had been a hard copy book, I would have underlined passages and turned back pages to keep track of all of the helpful data. Since it's on the Kindle, however, I made some notes, and when I go through it again, I'll highlight the sections that were especially helpful. And yes, I do plan to go through it again and again. It's like a how-to reference book that you can't comprehend and remember in one reading.

That said, here are a few of the neat things I learned, the most important being the knowledge that I can publish an ebook too, especially since there are pioneers who have gone before and are sharing their lessons with the greenies like me. I also learned about smashwords.com (love that site), how to make the copyright symbol, the difference between copy editing and proofreading, how to format work for different mediums (?) like Kindle and iPad, the importance of getting permission to use quotes and photographs, and much, much more. For instance, I learned that photographs need to be low resolution for this type of publishing. They don't take as long to load, so consequently your reader won't get impatient and move on to another book.

If you're entertaining the idea of epublishing, this book is definitely worth reading. Stephanie Zia has done her homework, and she has the voice of experience to back her up. Whether you need information about formatting, pricing, or uploading, you'll find it in How to Publish an EBook on a Budget.
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I write and publish e-books, and am always eager to learn from others. This book may have had useful information, but it was so disorganized in its presentation that it was hard to read.

If a subsequent edition requires updates, usually, they're integrated seamlessly, giving the reader an easy, up-to-date read. Not here: Every other paragraph is followed by one or more "UPDATE" tags. How irritating! Why not just edit the book, remove old info and replace it with new stuff? I felt like I was proofreading a manuscript with numerous notes attached.

This was like wading through a quagmire: Neither pleasant nor rewarding, and leaving me tired.
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One of Amazon's most useful innovations is the "download sample" for Kindle. I've ended up buying a lot of books I wouldn't have otherwise without trying the sample. Looking for an ebook on ebook formatting, I downloaded several samples. Imagine my amazement at finding this book on formatting to be VERY badly formatted. Whole sections of text disappear when the white-on-black view is selected. There is no link to a working TOC from the menu, which should be easy to build. The menu link to the cover doesn't work. Instead, you're taken to the title page where you are informed that this is the 12th edition, updated in August 2012 from the original 2010 publication date. In all that time, wouldn't you think the author of a book on proper formatting would have corrected her own formatting errors? Since it only took me a few minutes to realize this was NOT an author I'd trust, I didn't hit the errors noted in another negative review about the use of metric only, even though the author evidently warns against it. I did spot a couple of "British English" items, such as "whilst" when US writers would use "while," but that wouldn't have bothered me if the same reviewer hand't also noted that the author strongly recommends avoiding such usages. Clearly, this author needs to study some basic books on editing and formatting herself. Definitely pass on this one.
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