ePub Author Question – What Authors Can Do To Expedite Conversion To ePub

If you are having your book converted to ePub, here are a few things you can do to expedite the Process

1) Send the book in as many formats as you have available. The more formats that the ePub converter has to work with, the easier it will be for the ePub converter. Different ePub converters work best with different formats for incoming book files. Send everything you have to the ePub converter.

2) If possible, try to send the book file in a reflowable format, such as a Word file. A reflowable document is one can perform word wrap is you expand or contract the width of the document on your computer screen. For example, if you open a Word document on your computer and stretch or contract the document’s width, you’ll notice that the words will always reflow, that is, they will fall in place to completely fill out each line, regardless of how wide the line is. An example of a non-reflowable file type is a .pdf. The .pdf is the last stop in the conversion train. All formatting and styling is removed when a file is converted to .pdf. If you expand or contract the width of a .pdf file on your screen, you’ll notice that the text does not reflow. An ePub converter has a lot of extra steps to do with a non-reflowable file like a .pdf. The ePub converter has to remove the carriage return at the end of each text line in the .pdf. Following that, the ePub converter has to create all styling and formatting from scratch. I probably get about half of my incoming book files as .pdfs so I am used to doing this.

3) Try to have the images ready for emailing. If you have all of the original image files separate and ready to email over, great. Not every author does. Sometimes authors have only the final Word or pdf document to send over. In that case, I’ll have to recreate the images by taking screen shots and then editing those images in Photoshop. It just takes a bit longer.

4) Don’t worry about having the images sized and sharpened. All image files will have to be resized and sharpened in Photoshop by the e:Pub converter. That’s a given so don’t worry about image processing. Just make sure that the ePub converter has the tools (Photoshop preferably) and skills to do this. Definitely inquire about this because your images are a very important part of the final document that goes out to your paying customers.

5) Try to label the images so it is clear where they belong. This is one thing you can that will really help out the ePub converter. Rename each image file systematically so that the ePub converter can tell right away where the image goes. One easy system for doing this is to include the page number in the Word or .pdf document which contains the image.

6) Try to make sure that editing work is completed. I do occasionally get book files from authors that aren’t totally finished. That’s not a big problem, it just adds to the time that it will take to complete the entire conversion.

7) Try to learn a little about ePub so that you know the basic differences between an aPub document and a printed document. Probably the main difference that you’ll want to be aware of is that an ePub does not have page layout like a printed page. Page length in an ePub document (what the viewer sees on one screen of an e-reader) totally depends on the e-reader’s screen and the font size that the viewer has configured the e-reader to. ePub documents won’t contain items that are placed in specific spots on a page, such as page numbers, headers, and footers.

8) Be ready and expect to interact with your ePub converter. Creating a ePub document should involve a lot of back-and-forth between the ePub converter and the author. If this doesn’t happen, the author will be disappointed with the final result, because he or she did not have input into it. Make sure that you have direct and continuous access whoever is doing you ePub conversion work. This is extremely important to the author’s satisfaction with the final converted ePub that will be uploaded to online stores.


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