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Hassle free guide to Kindle or Shakespir or

Createspace publishing or

ALL THREE AT ONCE

and using only FREE software

Copyright 2017 John Dalton

Published by John Dalton at Shakespir

Last update: 02/22/17

http://revelationsinc.webs.com/publications

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The Free Software! 5

The Sequence of Events the First Time 6

Each Time Thereafter 7

Interiors – ebooks 8

Text 8

Images 10

Creating 10

Inserting into document 11

Copyright/Title pages 12

Shakespir 12

Kindle 12

Table of Contents 13

Shakespir 13

Kindle 14

How to easily clone a Smashwoords interior file from a Kindle one 15

Interiors – Createspace 16

Text 16

Images 16

Copyright/Title pages 16

Table of Contents 17

How to easily clone a Createspace interior file from a Kindle one 18

Covers – ebooks 19

Kindle 19

Shakespir 20

Prepare the cover background image 21

Overlay the Text 22

Covers – CreateSpace 23

About the Author 2

[+ Introduction+]

 

Self publishing an e book easily and completely free to either Kindle or Shakespir involves uploading both

 

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p={color:#000;}. the book’s entire interior (a file in Word format that has been PROPERLY formatted)

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p={color:#000;}. the book’s cover image (a CORRECTLY SIZED jpg image with overlayed title text)

 

These two free services combined will expose your ebook to at least 95% of the ebook market and will make it available in just about every ebook format that there is. Publishing to both Kindle and Shakespir at the same time should be hassle free. THIS IS TRUE FOR THE EBOOK COVERS; a single correctly made jpg file will suffice for both services. Unfortunately the interior files have to be slightly different. BUT ONLY SLIGHTLYJUST TWO MINOR DIFFERENCES. And if you follow the rules listed here

 

YOU CAN EASILY AND QUICKLY CLONE A Shakespir INTERIOR FILE FROM A KINDLE VERSION

 

and then EASILY AND QUICKLY re-upload them both whenever new changes have been made.

 

Self publishing for free to Createspace print books involves uploading both

 

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p={color:#000;}. the book’s entire interior (a file in Word format that has been PROPERLY formatted and then saved as a pdf)

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p={color:#000;}. the book’s cover image (a CORRECTLY SIZED image with correctly overlayed title text that has been saved as a pdf)

 

YOU CAN EASILY AND QUICKLY CLONE A CREATESPACE INTERIOR FILE FROM A KINDLE VERSION AS WELL!

 

And this is all explained.

 

AND ALL COVER FILES AND INTERIOR TEXT FILES (with or without interior images) CAN BE CREATED ENTIRELY USING FREE SOFTWARE!

 

The Free Software!

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p<{color:#000;}. A free Kindle mobi file reader (a Kindle ebook reader) can be downloaded and installed from the kindle website.

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p<{color:#000;}. A free Shakespir epub file reader (Shakespir ebook reader) can be downloaded from -

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p<{color:#000;}. Adobe Digital Editions website or

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p<{color:#000;}. Calibre website

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Download the free ‘Building Your Book For Kindle’ ebook from Kindle Direct Publishing website and you will be able to read it in your Kindle viewer.

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p<{color:#000;}. Download the free ‘Shakespir Style Guide’ ebook from Shakespir website and you will be able to read it in your Kindle viewer.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. OpenOffice is free word processing software to create the interior files: It’s can do everything MS Word can do – and can create the necessary .doc files in Word format.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. These three free Graphics software downloads combined are great for creating or editing the covers and interior images. They’re each especially convenient at one or more aspects.

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p<{color:#000;}. PhotoScape – for easily adding text to covers

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p<{color:#000;}. Gimp – for easily resizing and changing dpi densities and other stuff

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p<{color:#000;}. InfranView – for easily overlaying text onto covers as partially opaque watermarks et. al.

 

[+ The Sequence of Events the First Time+]

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p={color:#000;}. Become a registered publisher (for free) of both Kindle and/or Shakespir and/or Createspace.

 

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p={color:#000;}. Create your Cover image according to rules stated in this book’s ‘eBook Covers’ chapter.

 

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p={color:#000;}. Create your .doc interior files according to rules stated in the ‘Interiors’ chapter.

 

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p={color:#000;}. If submitting to Shakespir sign in and follow their instructions to ‘Publish’ a new title. Just answer all the questions when asked and select your files (cover, Shakespir version of interior) to upload when asked. It will convert your file into about eight different ebook formats by default but will ask you to confirm this. Go ahead with all eight. Why not? It will then make your ebook available in each of these formats for free. You’ll be asked questions about pricing and how you want your royalties delivered. After everything’s been accepted a ‘Congratulations’ banner will be shown and a question ‘do you want to go to your publication’ ? Do it. Always. It allows you to download a free version for yourself of each of the formats you’ve allowed above. Download and save the epub format at least. You can then view it later with your Shakespir reader that you have already previously downloaded and then see how your ebook actually will appear to the world.

 

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p={color:#000;}. Go thru the same process with Kindle. Right after uploading the interior file – but before you are actually finished with the submission – you are here also given the chance to ‘Download a preview file’. But just in one format – mobi. Do so. Make sure you ‘Save As’ a mobi file type just to be sure. You can then view it later with the Kindle reader that you have already previously downloaded.

 

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p={color:#000;}. Createspace guides you thru the upload process. Easy to follow.

[] Each Time Thereafter

 

Every time you want to change your book’s cover or interior content just login and resubmit them.

 

Repeat this process as often as you like.

 

[+ Interiors – ebooks+]

[]Text

 

Use either MS Word or the free OpenOffice download .

 

Page Formats and Predefined Style Templates

 

The page format for the entire document should be: 8.5 × 11 and all margins at .50 works well. And no headers or footers – so no page numbers will ever show – because in ebooks they don’t make any sense.

 

Utilize style templates. Go to your word processors Help to learn how and what all this means. It’s worth the five minutes. Always apply predefined styles from these templates to every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter heading, sub chapter heading, whatever. Do not apply ad hoc styles (fonts, indents, etc.) from the tool bars above; always use only predefined styles. There are, of course, three (3) exceptions – B(old) I(talic) or U(nderline). These will always be successfully translated by the ebook services. Don’t trust anything else – all other styling must be from predefined styles.

 

They say to use only Arial, Times New Roman, or Garamond fonts in your style templates to be safe. But other fonts seem to work fine for Kindle and Shakespir formats. But for the other formats – the extra formats that Shakespir allows you to generate for smartphones and stuff – who knows?

 

Only font sizes from 10 pt to 20 pt. Regular paragraph text should be 12 pt.

 

Font color of Automatic is safest they say; but other colors seem to work fine, though, for Kindle and Shakespir epub formats. But other formats who knows?

 

Highlight and then apply predefined style Heading 1 to all intended chapter headings in the document. Apply predefined style Heading 2 to all intended sub chapter headings, Heading 3 to sub sub, etc.

 

Highlight and then apply predefined styles to everything else in your content as well – paragraph text, special headings, section headers, everything.

 

[] Images

[]Creating

You want interior images to be 72 dpi (96 dpi is OK), jpg’s , 5.75 in. or less in width , and 5.75 in. or less in height.

 

To prepare the image:

 

• Pick your image to work with. This original image can be in any format.

 

• Convert it to a jpg or png format. Several free image/photo software apps are available. PhotoScape and Gimp2 are great and between the two of them can do anything required.

 

• Crop it. What part of the image will be presented? (PhotoScape is great) When saving it remember to retain jpg format and the image’s incoming dpi.

 

• Scale it to be the correct dpi and width/length (explained above). Gimp 2 (free download) is great for this.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Open jpg image Image/Properties pulldown to examine current dpi and size

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Image/ScaleImage pulldown to adjust both; adjust dpi first and then /ScaleImage again to adjust size

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Save As creates an .xcf file (creates a Gimp2 special format so why not it can’t hurt)

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Important: Export As to save newly scaled image as a jpg or png image.

 

[] Inserting into document

 

Insert/Picture From File when your cursor is where you want it to be inserted. At least 2 CR’s from top of page.

 

Center it. In OpenOffice right click on the image and do Picture – Anchor As character – and set Vertical box on bottom to Center. Then right click off to side of image and then click center button on menu bar above. You don’t want to adjust the image size manually (playing with the corner arrows) or moving it around otherwise after inserting

 

[] Copyright/Title pages

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Notice that there is a slight difference in the copyright phrasing and it is important to obey it.

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[]Shakespir

 

Title

Subtitle

 

John Dalton

Copyright 2014 John Dalton

Published by John Dalton at Shakespir

 

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[]Kindle

 

Title

Subtitle

 

John Dalton

Copyright John Dalton 2014

Kindle Edition

[] Table of Contents

 

[]Shakespir

 

Go through the entire document and one at a time highlight each chapter heading 1, sub chapter heading 2, etc. and for each Insert/Bookmark a unique bookmark name and write these bookmark names down for later use. Or memorize them.

 

Now go to the bottom of the title/copyright page and manually insert a blank page right after it with a manual page break. This is your Table of Contents page.

 

• Type ‘Table of Contents’ atop this empty page. Apply a predefined style to it – something that will look nice – but not a Heading 1,2,3…

 

• Highlight the ‘Table of Contents’ text and Insert/Bookmark it with ‘ref_TOC’ (without the quotes).

 

• Manually type in the table of contents line items like you want them to read underneath the ‘Table of Contents’ heading and apply a predefined style to them – something that will look nice – but not a Heading 1,2,3…

 

• Highlight each table of contents line item one at a time and Insert/Hyperlink each one with it’s corresponding unique bookmark names that you wrote down above. Now you can hyperlink around your document within your word processor from your table of contents (Ctrl click) and your readers will be able to hyperlink around your ebook from the table of contents as well.

 

Your Shakespir Table of Contents is now finished!

 

[] Kindle

 

If using OpenOffice you do the following (if using Word do it’s similar):

 

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p<{color:#000;}. do an Insert/ Indexes and Tables then Indexes and Tables.

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p<{color:#000;}. Bookmark the ‘Table of Contents’ heading that is generated with ‘toc’ .

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p<{color:#000;}. Click the Entries tab. And then for each level (1,2,…) associated with each heading (1,2,… ) that you want represented in your TOC with an actual hyperlink

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p<{color:#000;}. highlight the level number

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p<{color:#000;}. click inside the empty box just in front of ‘E’ tab and then click ‘hyperlink’ tab

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p<{color:#000;}. click inside the empty box just behind ‘E’ tab and then click ‘hyperlink’ tab

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p<{color:#000;}. click the ‘T’ tab and then pull down to blanks instead of dots (because you don’t want page numbers or dots displayed) and always uncheck the ‘align right’ box.

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p<{color:#000;}. click the ‘#’ tab and then pull down to ‘page number’ and then ‘edit’ and make sure color is white and ‘hidden’ box is checked (because you don’t want page numbers or dots displayed)

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p<{color:#000;}. click the Styles tab: to set the Heading 1 TOC style highlight Contents 1 in both windows and click Edit to modify styles, do same for Contents 2, etc. You can have different font sizes and indents for each level. Otherwise left justify every level. And always make sure they are SINGLE LINE SPACING

 

Now that your brand new auto generated Kindle Table of Contents exists. Any time you want to automatically re-generate your Kindle Table of Contents

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p<{color:#000;}. Tools/Update/Update All

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p<{color:#000;}. Re bookmark the ‘Table of Contents’ heading with ‘toc’.

 

[] How to easily clone a Smashwoords interior file from a Kindle one

 

It’s smart to always create (or modify) the Kindle version first. Because when you’re happy with the content and the formatting styles (see templates section) and the headings THEN YOU CAN VERY EASILY AND VERY QUICKLY CLONE THE Shakespir VERSION AS FOLLOWS:

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Open your Kindle .doc file in either Word or OpenOffice

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p<{color:#000;}. Save it as your Shakespir .doc file before continuing

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p<{color:#000;}. Delete the entire Table of Contents (TOC) and it’s heading

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p<{color:#000;}. Now just go to any example of text that has been previously ‘bookmarked’ and highlight it and pulldown INSERT/BOOKMARK and then delete EVERY bookmark that currently exists in the document one at a time (they will all appear in the pop up window). Even the weirdly named ones that you notice exist but that you never explicitly created yourself.

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p<{color:#000;}. You must now insert the Shakespir TOC (bookmarks, TOC heading, TOC line items) and the Shakespir title page (see chapters) and SAVE it as your Shakespir version.

[+ Interiors – Createspace+]

[]Text

Just like Kindle formatting EXCEPT:

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p<{color:#000;}. Page format: 6 × 9 inches, all four margins 60.

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p<{color:#000;}. First few pages must not show page numbers at bottom until after TOC – then all remaining pages must have page numbers showing. .

[+ Images+]

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p<{color:#000;}. Embedded images must be less than 4 inches in width.

[]Copyright/Title pages

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Title

Subtitle

 

Copyright author-name 2015

Createspace Edition

 

 

[] Table of Contents

Just like Kindle EXCEPT:

 

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p<{color:#000;}. No need to bookmark the ‘Table of Contents’ heading that is generated with ‘toc’ (no quotes)

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p<{color:#000;}. No need to hyperlink the entries.

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p<{color:#000;}. click the ‘#’ tab and then pull down to ‘page number’ and then ‘edit’ and make sure color is NOT white and ‘hidden’ box is NOT checked (because you WANT page numbers and dots displayed)

[] How to easily clone a Createspace interior file from a Kindle one

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p={color:#000;}. Copy the Kindle file to a new file with a different name.

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p={color:#000;}. Open it up and immediately ‘Load ‘ the style template that you have already created for Createspace files .

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p={color:#000;}. Apply the Createspace page formats as required . Now you have visible page numbers where required.

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p={color:#000;}. Apply the Createspace ‘Copyright page’ requirements .

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p={color:#000;}. Go thru and make sure embedded images aren’t too big for new 6×9 page size . Resize where necessary.

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p={color:#000;}. Go thru and make sure there are no unwanted empty pages interspersed.

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p={color:#000;}. Redefine and regenerate the Table of Contents as required .

Covers – ebooks

[]Kindle

 

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p<{color:#000;}. jpg’s or tif’s can be uploaded.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. A minimum of 1000 pixels in height and have a height/width ratio of ideally 1.6. Example is 1600 : 2560.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Can be greater than 96 dpi if desired although this won’t improve it’s appearance.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Must have overlayed text which must be same as Title (it must be identical to the one on Title page), Subtitle (optional), Author name.

 

[] Shakespir

 

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p<{color:#000;}. jpg’s or png’s can be uploaded.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. A minimum of 1400 pixels in width and have a height/width ratio of 1.3 to 1.6. Ideal is 1600 : 2400.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Can be greater than 96 dpi if desired although it won’t improve it’s appearance.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Must have overlayed text which must be Title (it must be identical to the one on Title page), Subtitle (optional), Author name.

[] Prepare the cover background image

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Pick your image to work with. This original image can be in any format.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Convert it to a jpg (or png for Shakespir) format. Several free image/photo software apps are available. PhotoScape and Gimp2 are great and between the two of them can do anything required.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Crop it. What part of the image will be presented? Use PhotoScape for ease of use. When saving it remember to retain jpg format and the image’s incoming dpi (bottom check box in Save pop up).

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Scale it to be 96 dpi and 1400 – 1600 pixels in width, 1.3-1.6 times that in height. Use Gimp 2 for this. It’s great.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Open your image

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p<{color:#000;}. Image/Properties pulldown to examine current dpi and size

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p<{color:#000;}. Image/ScaleImage pulldown to adjust both; adjust dpi first and then /ScaleImage again to adjust size

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p<{color:#000;}. Save As creates an .xcf file (Gimp2 special format so why not it can’t hurt)

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p<{color:#000;}. Important: Export As to save newly scaled image as a jpg or png image.

 

[] Overlay the Text

 

It’s required. You must overlay a Title, Subtitle (optional), Author.

 

PhotoScape is exellent for this and free. Object ‘T’ allows you create, format and drag around text boxes on top of the image.

 

InfranView is free and allows overlaying opaque text like watermarks.

[+ Covers – CreateSpace+]

 

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p<{color:#000;}. 13 inches by 9.75 inches – includes both front and back cover.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. 300 dpi

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Must have overlayed text which must include a Title , Subtitle , Author name (required). All of this overlayed text must be entirely on the right half of the 13 × 9.75 inch cover image, ie. the front cover. You can overlay any text you want on the left side .

 

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p<{color:#000;}. EXPORT and save as a PDF file; these covers must be uploaded as pdf files.

 

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Hassle free guide to Kindle or Smashwords or Createspace publishing or ALL THRE

Publishing to both Kindle and Smashwords at the same time should be hassle free. THIS IS TRUE FOR THE E BOOK COVERS; a single correctly made jpg file will suffice for both services. Unfortunately the interior files have to be slightly different. BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY - JUST TWO MINOR DIFFERENCES. And if you follow the rules listed here YOU CAN EASILY AND QUICKLY CLONE A SMASHWORDS INTERIOR FILE FROM A KINDLE VERSION and then EASILY AND QUICKLY re-upload them both whenever new changes have been made. YOU CAN EASILY AND QUICKLY CLONE A CREATESPACE INTERIOR FILE FROM A KINDLE VERSION AS WELL! And this is all explained.

  • Author: John Dalton
  • Published: 2017-02-22 21:20:16
  • Words: 2992
Hassle free guide to Kindle or Smashwords or Createspace publishing or  ALL THRE Hassle free guide to Kindle or Smashwords or Createspace publishing or  ALL THRE