How to Publish A Book Online

What’s better than an idea is having the idea of how and where to put it to the best use. That’s exactly what “self-publishing” does for authors. If you have finished your manuscript, you can just as soon create an eBook and have it published online, it can even go up for sale by the next morning. This is not only faster, but also cheaper than traditional print. So while you are waiting to get your manuscript published traditionally, this article tells you how you can create your e-book and publish it at your own expense.

1. Create An E-Book

If your manuscript is in a Word Document, in order to publish your book online, you need to have it converted into an electronic file. This, you can do with the help of desktop publishing software, such as MS Publisher or Adobe InDesign. There are many other tools and software you can find on the web, it’s a matter of personal choice as to which suite suits you best.
The job of desktop publishing software is to work out the design and format of the e-book, and convert it into a specific ‘read-only’ file, such as PDF, EPUB, or XML/HTML.

Some people like to edit and format their eBooks by themselves, but if you are uncomfortable with the job, you can hire a professional eBook editor to do it for you.

The formatting demands of your e-book depend on the structure of the content. For example, if you are creating a fully illustrated children’s book, a coffee table book, or a graphic novel, you will need a suite more specific to the job of working with digital books. A big trend nowadays is to publish flipbook-style e-books that readers can flip through from page to page. Though the software is primarily easy to get accustomed to, it needs a good deal of practice.

2. Understand File Formats

The commonly recognized file format is the Portable Document Format (PDF), which allows your eBook to be shareable across multiple digital platforms, such as emailing it to friends or publishers; or uploading it to your website, or an online portal. The files are also comfortably readable across various devices.

Other a PDF, there are other file formats, that you can select based on any specifications of your target audience:

  • ePub – specifically created to suit various mobile device environments, typically small screens.
  • AZW – specifically created for Kindle and also compatible with mobiles and tablets.

Once you have your eBook ready, it’s time to move on to the publishing phase. You can publish the eBook at various destinations, from websites to online eBook distribution markets like Smashwords. However, if you are looking to upload it to online stores, like Amazon and Nookpress, then you need to convert the file format according to the platform. For example, Amazon supports MOBI format, while the rest of the ePub and PDF formats.

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3. Best Places Where You Can Publish Your eBook for Sale

You can directly sell your eBook at Amazon, which is the largest online platform for self-publishers at the moment, other destinations include:

  • iTunes Connect
  • Blurb
  • Kobo Writing Life
  • Google Books

The process of publishing and selling your eBooks online doesn’t mandatorily require an ISBN, but it’s safer to get Publishing Rights if you are using anyone else’s story or content, such as publishing a fully illustrated version of the Grimm Fairy Tales.

You have to sign up to these websites and agree to the tax and royalty terms and conditions. They will charge you a share of your profits for displaying your book, and this may vary depending on the bulk of the book. Review the selling criterion beforehand to have a good rapport with the platform.

Wrap it up

Aside from publishing traditional printed books, you can make a profit by publishing your books online with lower distribution costs. Plus, more people prefer reading ebooks, which is the future of the digital publishing industry. It is a breeze to make and publish digital books with Flip PDF Plus Pro which is a versatile and user-friendly digital publishing platform.

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