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Take Pride in Your eBook Formatting “If you’re looking for the gold standard on ebook formatting this is the only guide you’ll ever need” NYT USA Today WSJ bestselling author Tracey Garvis GravesThis is the revised second editionStep by step “Zen of eBook Formatting” takes a detailed look at the process that Guido Henkel has used to format close to a thousand eBooks over the past years Formatter to New York Times bestselling writers and indie authors alike Henkel makes the process understandable and easy to follow for anyoneWhether you want to cre. I ve just spent the last few days reading this book while simultaneously formatting a book for ePub It is an extremely valuable resource I could not have done such a precise job without this bookFor the past few years I ve been formatting Microsoft Word docs and converting them While my Microsoft Word formatting has been working brilliantly for Kindle hyper linked contents pages and all I have been having a really hard time getting my ePub line breaks and page breaks to work the way I wanted I really just did not have the time or money to figure out why or to send it to a professional formatter So what I ve been doing up till now is scrapping the page breaks altogether in my ePub files and inserting a few manual returns to get some space in between chapters To avoid the huge spaces in between paragraphs I ve been using manual returns instead of paragraph breaks The ePubs did actually look fine that way They really did But not as good as they could have PLUS I had no idea that my precious hyper linked contents page though it did link extremely well to my chapters wasn t accessible from the go to pages of the devices it was being read onUgh What a disappointmentSo I bought this book I ve literally just finished fixing an ePub file following the steps in this book and it has turned out brilliantly On another note the book I was fixing was nonfiction and had so many fiddly things to deal with than a novel does such as heading and subheadings that varies in size line breaks that varied in size images etc And even though this book was primarily written for formatting novels which is pretty straight forward it was not difficult at all to use the instructions to implement uniue needs that weren t outlined in the book for example having different styled chapter headingsMy only tiny problem was while implementing the steps in the chapter about inserting images there was no explanation about what a directory and sub directory was when being told that the html file would locate the image in the sub directory The wording was a bit confusing I was totally oblivious to the fact that it just meant that the image file had to be in the same folder or subfolder as the HTML file on my computer and I spent ages Googling how to get my image into the sub directory of the HTML file Would have been nice if it just said Put your image in the same folder as your HTML file for those of us unfamiliar with the terminology Other than that Brilliant book Highly recommend No ePub glitches

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Right 2 Data Structure 3 Cleaning Up the Manuscript 4 From Word Processor to Programming Editor 5 General Techniues 6 Advanced Techniues 7 eBook Generation 8 eBooks Outside the Box Parting Thoughts Appendices NoteI would like to point out that the “Look Inside” preview is currently garbled and the formatting is off is aware of the problem and working on it hopefully rectifying the error in their previewer as soon as possible I think it is important o point out that the formatting in the actual eBook is working correctly and does not suffer from the same fla. It s that time again when I sit down and try to turn my 110000 word novel into something that won t makes people s eyes vomit when they bring it up on a Kindle Last time I used Paul Salvette s The eBook Design and Development Guide with good results However it s about three years old now and Guido s book is into it s second edition so I figured it would have newer information It does but not necessarily in areas that will revolutionize eBook formatting He has up to date info concerning graphics which for some folks could be very useful He lists a lot of caveats concerning items especially in css design and provides work arounds whenever possible I also liked his section on meta data and how taking a little extra time with it could pay off in the future as eReaders become sophisticated In some ways it s better organized than Paul s book but at the same time I wasn t comfortable sitting down with his step by step process where Paul s was concise without a lot of sidetracking Do this Then do thisWhere many people may find Guido s book useful is he utilizes Calibre to do the html conversion into the different eBook formats while Paul utilizes command line utilities that may turn people off I think both ways are valid I m comfortable with command line work so I don t mind using s KindleGen compiler Guido puts his css information right in his html file which I feel makes the html file cumbersome and difficult to read When you go to make changes and you WILL have to go back and make changes it s much easier if you re looking at a much smaller file without a lot of styling information getting in the way He also builds one large html file while Paul suggests breaking your files down by chapter This makes sense to me again because when you go back to make alterations you have less mess to wade through Paul suggests this method also makes for faster loading times for eReaders That may be becoming less of an issue which might be why Guido doesn t subscribe to it since eReaders are capable of but it s possible some of the folks who buy your book are still rocking a first or second gen KindleIt might sound like I completely prefer Paul s book over Guido s but when it comes down to it both are highly valuable I would get both read them each twice carefully and then pick and choose from each book which advice you wish to follow Paul provides some boiler plates for css you may wish to utilize while Guido goes into greater depth on fancy characters like drop caps Both are very strong in the areas of stripping out extra white space and adding in special formatting like italics to your word document and text files I hate sounding like a weasel and saying get both but in this case I honestly think both have much to offer folks just learning to format eBooks Neither is expensive so you may as well have access to all the information and choose which methods you like best

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Ate an eBook for Kindle or you want to format your manuscript as an ePub file Zen of eBook Formatting is the perfect companion for the task“Zen of eBook Formatting” covers the entire process from basic clean up of the manuscript to basic HTML tagging all the way to advanced features and error checking teaching you the skills necessary to give your own eBooks the professional polish they deserveHere is a look at the Table of Contents to give you an impression of the breadth of subjects covered in the book Table of Contents Preface Introduction 1 The Road to. The first few chapters are fairly easy to follow and uite helpful but around chapter four Henkel seems to assume readers have picked up about coding versus just following his instructions Good starter but outdated in many ways Should not be the only resource used when learning ebook formatting for the first time


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10 thoughts on “Zen of eBook Formatting

  1. says:

    Let me just say that for a while now I have wondered why some authors pay for formatting their ebooks and some don’t I couldn’t grasp why anyone would because formatting seemed so simple How wrong I wasReading Guido Henkel’s wonderfully informative book has opened my eyes to the complexities involved in ebook formatting and shown me that if all an author does is allow or Smashwords or whoever to conver

  2. says:

    I've just spent the last few days reading this book while simultaneously formatting a book for ePub It is an extremely valuable resource I could not have done such a precise job without this bookFor the past few years I've been form

  3. says:

    Where I got the book purchased on KindleGuido Henkel did my ebook formatting but I bought his book so I could give it a try on my own—which he heartily encourages And having read through it I’m pretty confident I have the information I need to turn out a professionally formatted ebook Henkel takes the reader

  4. says:

    A lot of detailed information that makes the process a whole lot less intimidating Each chapter builds on the knowledge of t

  5. says:

    Absolutely fabulousA first class guide to teaching both basic and advanced techniues for proper ebook creation from a highl

  6. says:

    The first few chapters are fairly easy to follow and uite helpful but around chapter four Henkel seems to assume readers have picked up about coding versus just following his instructions Good starter but outdated in many

  7. says:

    Not just a how to this is one of the books on e book formatting that talks about why Looks at the technology behind ebooks and principles of good book design and putting them together

  8. says:

    Excellent Used it to format my novels

  9. says:

    It's that time again when I sit down and try to turn my 110000 word novel into something that won't makes people's eyes vomit when they bring it up on a Kindle Last time I used Paul Salvette's The eBook Design and Development Guide with good results However it's about three years old now and Guido's book is into it's second edition so I figured it would have newer information It does but not necessarily in areas that will revolutionize eBoo

  10. says:

    The Zen of eBook Formatting is a book for writers who want to know how to format and create eBooks Written by Guido Henkel a writer and an experienced programmer for writers This book provides a step by step guide on how to correctly format and produce your own eBooks The Bad Stuff If you are just looking for a book that

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