Ebook Formatting: How to Create Complex, Full-Color Ebooks

Creating an ebook isn’t as hard as it sounds. You don’t need to compose a query letter, secure a literary agent, or cut through miles of a traditional publisher’s red tape before the book is released to the world. You can create an ebook from the comfort of your officeor couchwith the right tools, information, and help from the experts. Here’s are some ebook formatting tips:

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5 Tips for Small Publishing Businesses

Anyone can start his or her own book publishing company, but it takes talent to start a successful one. Many authors start companies to publish their own books, but some people create enterprises to publish other authors’ works as well.

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ISBN: International Standard Book Number Facts for Self-Publishers

Authors can self-publish a book in many ways, from traditional printing to digital publishing. No matter the avenue you choose, purchasing an ISBN or International Standard Book Number from Bowker in the US, Thorpe-Bowker in AU, or Nielsen for UK, is an important component to publishing your book. The ISBN is the familiar number on the barcode on the back cover of every book. It is a code assigned to books on an individual basis. Every single ISBN is unique.

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How to Create an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) for Reviewers

ARCs, or Advance Reader Copies, are remarkable assets to authors because they get the books straight into the hands of book reviewers, peer reviewers, bloggers, and other people who may offer input, endorsements, or publicity for your book. ARCs are different from proofs because they aren’t just for the author’s perusal; they are sent to reviewers prior to the public release of the book, generally about three months in advance. ARCs also give you the chance to see what reviewers think about your material, allowing changes or edits before it’s released. Here are a few tips for how to create an ARC.

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See How Self-Publishing Got Sexy: The New IngramSpark Website

After countless hours poring over code and a few gallons of coffee consumed while getting the structure just right we finally did it. The new IngramSpark Website is here — the same professional-grade self-publishing services with a fresh new look, improved navigation, and added resources.

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3 Wonders of Print on Demand (POD)

It has to be said that print-on-demand (POD) has changed the way the publishing industry does business. But before we talk about the wonders of POD, let’s define what it is. In a nutshell, it's the process by which a book is printed when an order for that book is received. With POD there’s no inventory being stored or anticipated demand being measuredget an order, print a book, one at a time.

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4 Things Local Bookstores Look for in an Indie Author

If you're an independent author, chances are you've been brainstorming ways to market your book. You've probably heard that it's possible to consign or sell your book to local bookstores. While this may seem like an intimidating concept, it's actually a common way for authors to get their books on shelves.

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Here's Why You Should Discount Your Book

After you've spent the time and money to edit, design, and market your book, the thought of selling it at a discounted price may seem counterintuitive or even downright offensive. However, offering to discount your book is an excellent way to get it into the hands of new readers and generate buzz. Thanks to technology it's a lot easier to self-publish a book. Browse through any online retailer's website and you will see thousands of novels. Discounting your book will not only make it stand out on over-crowded digital shelves, it can also give you a head start on getting your book in physical stores. Here's how.

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Understanding Where the Book Editing Process Begins

Writing is lonely business. By the time you finish a book you’ll have whiled away long solitary hours inside your own head developing your story, your characters, your writing style, peck, peck, pecking away at a keyboard. Like I said, writing is lonely business. That is until you find a book editor.

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Using Social Media to Drive Book Sales

Social media is important for almost every industry. Consumers use it to make purchasing decisions and see what non-marketers are saying about a person, brand, or idea. Authors and publishers use social media marketing to direct consumer awareness in the online community.

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