In order to sell your book as an eBook, you must first convert your document to a format that can be read by eReaders. There are currently two main formats in use in the industry: ePub, which works with almost every eReader, and .mobi, which is used by Amazon’s Kindle.
We recommend the following to prepare your manuscript for conversion:
- VERY IMPORTANT! Proof your file for proper spelling, grammar, and syntax. Before you start doing any formatting work, take the the time to read over your manuscript one more time.
- Use a consistent method of paragraph and line formatting throughout your document. You may use tabs or your program’s paragraph or alignment formatting functions, but do not use a mixture of both. Do not use the space bar to format paragraphs or individual lines.
- Use a standard font for your document like Times New Roman or Courier New.
- Do not use very large or very small font sizes. We recommend 12pt font size for body text and 14-18pt for chapter titles.
- Extract content that is displayed in tables or sidebars and list it as ordinary text. Tables, inserts, and sidebars will not display properly in ePub format.
- Do not include any elements that refer to page numbers other than your formatted Table of Contents. On an eReader, whatever the user isolates on their screen is a “page,” so all headers, footers, footnotes, and indexes will be deleted.
- Do all image resizing outside of the document, then reinsert them before saving. All images must be in .png, .jpg, or .tif format, minimum 72 dpi, and in RGB color mode.
- Cover image: At least 1400px wide, portrait or vertical rectangle-shaped artwork (no squares) and we recommend a height/width ratio of 1.6 (1400px wide x 2100px high)
- Full-page images: minimum of 150dpi/ppi, which equals a resolution of 1275px wide x 1650px high on a letter sized page
- Logos or simple images: 75 – 100 pixels high
- Don’t worry too much about the exact size of images within your document. The best approach is to size it how you want it to appear in relation to the text.
- Do not wrap text around images. All images (except full-page images) should be set “in-line” with text.
- Be aware that special symbols may not convert properly to ePub unless they are characters in a standard font set. For this reason, we ask that you choose a font like Times New Roman for all text and symbols.