Archive for February, 2012

Should an e-book have an ISBN?

An e-book should have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) unless you plan to sell your book only from your website. Although Amazon and Barnes and Noble does not require an ISBN, I recommend one because the ISBN is sort of like a Social Security Number for your book; the ISBN is unique for your […]

E-book layout considerations

What do you do with e-book files once created? Book-layout applications InDesign and QuarkXPress can export print books to epub files, but re-design is necessary to optimize the e-book experience. The epub is used by Nook and Apple devices whereas a mobi file is preferred for Kindle. There are layout considerations for converting print books […]

E-books can be much more than a PDF file

If you’re thinking about jumping on the e-book gravy train to earn extra dollars from previously published print books, the following should shed light on popular e-book file formats and commonly-used digital book readers. A quick Google search reveals more than 50 e-book file formats, but those most commonly used by the plethora of reading […]

Make money on the e-book gravy train

Compared to traditional publishing, once rights are secured to recast you print book as an e-book, it’s typically a speedy process to bring your e-book to the marketplace.  While it can take months, even years, for mainstream publishers to bring print books to the masses, converting a print book to an e-book should take only […]

Re-publish old titles as e-books

If you’re an author with published books lying around on the bookshelf collecting dust, consider re-publishing your hardbacks and paperbacks as e-books. Why? Well, “Why not,” I would counter, with this follow-up: “Why not grab gravy sales from previously published works while garnering the reward of having geeks out there in cyberspace download and read […]

Other POD shortcomings

After deciding to self-publish consider expectations for sales, and quantity.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a print-on-demand (POD) produced book will cost more per unit than an offset run setup to print volume.  Consequently, POD is more cost-effective when printing as few as one book at a time – or […]