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Ebook Tip #5 Make as many changes as you can in the MS Word document rather than the EPUB


Test the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, Nook, and any other Ereader but go back to the MS Word document to make changes

Tip 5: Immediately after EPUB conversion, test the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, Nook, and any other available Ereader. Make note of the errors and go back to the MS Word document to make as many changes there as possible. Then re-upload the doc and make a new EPUB. Do this several times until you can no longer fix errors. At this step it is much easier to make changes in the MS Word document than in the EPUB. Although not all format errors can be fixed in this step, it will certainly save valuable time. Make careful notes of what you cannot fix before moving on.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.

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Ebook Tip #4 The EPUB format requires UTF-8 (unicode) encoding


MS Word MenuWhen converting your MS Word document, this is an often overlooked detail

Tip 4:  The EPUB format requires UTF-8 (unicode) encoding; therefore, you must set the encoding to UTF-8 before saving your work as a filtered HTML document. To do that, click on the menu items in the following order:

 1.    Microsoft Office Word 2007 and 2010: Office Button > Word Options > Advanced > General > Web Options> Encoding > Unicode (UTF-8).

2.    Microsoft Office Word 2003: Tools > Options > General > Web Options > Encoding > Unicode (UTF-8).

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Ebook Tip #3 Create an Author Website before posting your Epub file


Example author's websitePlanning ahead saves time

TIP 3: If you intend to embed your author’s website URL in the ebook, create an Author’s Website or Blog first. At the very least, get it running with minimum content. This might seem “elementary my dear Watson,” but many first time author-publishers will think of the website long after the Epub has been published. Plus you will want to test that link before finalizing the Epub. If it is a second or third book, an author usually has a website or blog in place. Planning ahead just a little bit will save valuable time and effort down the road and help ensure a quality product for your reader.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.