Preparing Your eBook Files

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a standard font for your document like Times New Roman or Courier New.
  4. Do not use very large or very small font sizes. We recommend 12pt font size for body text and 14-18pt for chapter titles.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Do not wrap text around images. All images (except full-page images) should be set “in-line” with text.
  9. 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.