EBook Conversion Tips- A Concise Analysis

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If have got your book in print and want to sell it as an eBook, it is imperative that you convert the printed version to an e-reader compatible format. As of now, there are mainly two formats-ePub and .mobi. While the former can be accessed by almost all the e-readers, .mobi is only for Amazon’s Kindle.

Let us see some of the main recommendations and eBook conversion tips put forward by almost all professional service providers.

Basic tips

  1. Proofread your file and assure that it has proper grammar, spelling as well as syntax.
  2. Throughout the document, maintain consistency for line and paragraph formatting. Never use space bar for formatting individual lines or paragraphs.
  3. In case if you want to include details such as the name and address of publisher, publication date, ISBN number and copyright information etc., make use of the first one or two pages for the same.
  4. Use any of the standard fonts like Courier, Arial or Times New Roman.
  5. Keep the size of fonts to average; too small or very large fonts are not recommended when it comes to eBook formatting.
  6. As tables, sidebars and inserts are not going to get displayed properly with ePub format, extract the content and get it listed as normal text.
  7. Stay away from including elements referring to any page numbers other than the formatted TOC.

How to include images in eBook?

1. All the image resizing has to be done outside the document. Before saving, you can reinsert them. The images can only be in .jpg, .tif or .png formats. It should have minimum 72dpi and the color mode should be RGB.

  • Cover image – It should have a width of minimum 1400px. The image can be vertical or portrait shaped as rectangle artworks. Squares are not preferred. The height to width size recommended is 2100px to 1400px.
  • Full-page images: It should be at least of 150dpi/ppi. In other words, the resolution can be 1650px high x 1275px wide on a page of letter size.
  • Simple images and logos can have a height of 75 - 100 pixels

2. You don’t have to bother about the actual size of the image and the best thing to do is to make it size based on how you want them to look with the text.
3. Texts should not be wrapped around the images. With an exception for full-page images, all others have to be placed in-line to the text. 

Things to take care about eBook graphics

1. Before submitting, see to it that there are no images that look blurry or pixelated. High quality images are vital for quality reader experience.

2. While exporting to PDF, keep the following things in mind.

  • When you are exporting from Word, “Optimize for Standard” for best results.
  • When the source format from which you export is InDesign, choose “Adobe PDF (Interactive)”. In final step, make sure that you set the image quality to best and DPI to 144.

3. Review the images before submitting. Zoom the images to at least 200% and check for clarity. If it fails to please you, quality must be enhanced.

4. Tables, charts and graphs are to be taken care of. In case if you can format your book excluding this, it would be highly recommended.

5. Captions must not fail to appear consistently al through the book. Page breaks should be made before the caption or image, which ever appears first.

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