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Self Publishing to Kindle / Smashwords / Createspace using ONLY FREE software

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Self Publishing to

Kindle / Shakespir / Createspace

using ONLY FREE software

And the easiest way to keeping

interior files always in synch

John Dalton

Copyright 2017 John Dalton

Published by John Dalton at Shakespir

 

Last update: 02/25/17

http://revelationsinc.webs.com/publications

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The Free Software 5

The Sequence of Events 6

Interiors – Kindle or Shakespir 7

Text 7

Images 9

Copyright / Title page 10

Table of Contents 11

How to EASILY clone a Smashwoords interior file from a Kindle version 13

Interiors – Createspace 14

Text 14

Images 14

Copyright / Title page 14

Table of Contents 15

How to EASILY clone a Createspace interior file from a Kindle version 16

Covers – Kindle or Shakespir 17

Covers – Createspace 19

About the Author 20

Introduction

 

Kindle and Shakespir are both free services and combined will expose your ebook to at least 95% of the ebook market and will make it available in just about every ebook format (Kindles, laptops, smartphones, etc) that there is. Self publishing to either one involves uploading both

 

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p))))))<{color:#000;}. the book’s entire interior (a file in Word format that has also been properly formatted according to either Kindle’s or Shakespir specific formatting rules)

 

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p))))))<{color:#000;}. the book’s cover image (a correctly sized jpg image with overlayed title text)

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And all cover files and interior text files can be created using only FREE software

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Self 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 cover file will suffice for both services.

 

Unfortunately the interior files have to be slightly different. There are three areas of difference:

 

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p))))))<{color:#000;}. Title / Copyright page

 

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p))))))<{color:#000;}. Table of Contents

 

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p))))))<{color:#000;}. And Shakespir HATES the hidden embedded junk that MS Word (or OpenOffice) always sticks into it’s documents.

 

However, you can easily and quickly clone a perfect (and junk free) Shakespir interior file from a Kindle version at any time if you just follow this books simple method. And it is a lot easier and a LOT QUICKER than the way that the Shakespir manual suggests and yet it works just as well.

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So always make new changes to your Kindle file first and then just quickly clone a perfectly in synch Shakespir version using these rules.

 

You could also do it in reverse – clone a Kindle version from a Shakespir one. And this is easy to do too. BUT, you can’t easily re-update your TOC (table of contents) in Shakespir like you can in Kindle. Because Shakespir TOC’s have to be created by you manually. And interior changes inevitably involve changes to your TOC. And you’ll want to continually see how they change as you go. So make changes to your Kindle version first and then clone from there.

Self publishing an actual print book that people can order online from Createspace is free too. It involves uploading both

 

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

 

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p={color:#000;}. the book’s cover image (a correctly sized jpg image with overlay-ed title text that has been saved as a pdf file).

 

The createspace book cover has to be created seperately; your kindle or Shakespir ebook cover will not suffice.

 

And the interior files have to be slightly different too. There are five areas of difference:

 

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p)))<{color:#000;}. Title / Copyright page

 

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p)))<{color:#000;}. Table of Contents

 

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p)))<{color:#000;}. Page formats.

 

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p)))<{color:#000;}. Page numbering

 

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p)))<{color:#000;}. embedded image sizes and dpi’s

 

However, you can easily and quickly clone a perfect Createspace interior file from a Kindle version at any time if you just follow this books simple method.

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So always make new changes to your Kindle file first and then just quickly clone a perfectly in synch Createspace version using these rules.

The Free Software

 

Interior text files

 

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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.

 

Covers and Embedded Images

 

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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, but they all can do just about everything.

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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 images and changing dpi densities

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

 

e book Readers

 

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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. You will want to see how your ebooks look to the world.

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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

 

Manuals

 

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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. But everything you really need to know has been distilled and is written down here.

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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. But everything you really need …

The Sequence of Events

 

The First Time

 

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p={color:#000;}. Register as a self publisher (for free) to 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.

 

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p={color:#000;}. Create your interior files according to rules stated here.

 

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p={color:#000;}. ‘Publish’ a new title. Answer all their questions. And upload the cover and interior files when asked. When it successfully finishes don’t forget to always download a free version of the final product for yourself. You can then view it with your e book reader that you have already previously downloaded and see how your ebook will actually appear to the world.

 

Each Time Thereafter

 

Every time you’ve made changes to your book’s cover or interior file just login and resubmit them.

 

Interiors – Kindle or Shakespir

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Text

 

Use either MS Word or the free OpenOffice download .

 

Page Formats and Predefined Style Templates

 

Utilize style templates. Go to your word processors HELP to learn how to do this and what it all means. It’s worth the time. And then always apply predefined styles from these templates to all text, special section headers, page formats, whatever.

 

PAGE FORMATS: 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. This page format can be applied as a predefined page format in your style template to the entire file.

 

TEXT: 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 16 pt. Regular paragraph text should be 11pt or 12 pt.

 

Font color of Automatic is the safest they say; but other colors seem to work fine though, for Kindle and Shakespir epub formats. But other formats – the extra formats that Shakespir allows you to generate for smartphones and stuff – who knows?

 

Do not apply ad hoc styles (fonts, colors, tab indents, etc.) from the word processing tool bars; always use only predefined styles from your style template. There are, of course, three (3) exceptions – B(old) I(talic) or U(nderline). These will always be successfully translated by the ebook services. But don’t trust anything else – all other styling must be from applying predefined styles.

 

CHAPTER HEADINGS: 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.

 

Images

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p<{color:#000;}. You want interior images to be at least 72 dpi. You can make them more but it will not improve their appearance.

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p<{color:#000;}. Must be jpg’s (png’s also OK for Shakespir)

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p<{color:#000;}. 5.75 in. or less in width , and 5.75 in. or less in height.

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p<{color:#000;}. To prepare the image with free software use PhotoScape and Gimp2 and InfranView.

 

Inserting into document

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p<{color:#000;}. Insert/Picture From File when your cursor is where you want it to be inserted. At least 2 CR’s from top of page.

 

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p={color:#000;}. 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 page

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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

 

author name

Copyright 2014 author name

Published by author name at Shakespir

 

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Kindle

 

Title

Subtitle

 

author name

Copyright author name 2014

Kindle Edition

Table of Contents

 

Kindle

 

Go through the entire document and one at a time highlight each chapter heading and apply a predefined style ‘Heading 1’, then same for sub chapter’s as ‘Heading 2’, etc.

 

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

 

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p<{color:#000;}. insert a blank page after the Title Copyright page at the top of the document.

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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 your new auto generated Kindle Table of Contents exists with hyperlinks and all. And any time you want to automatically re-generate it:

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p<{color:#000;}. pull down Tools / Update / All Indexes and Tables

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

Shakespir

 

After cloning a Shakespir file from a Kindle version ,

 

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p<{color:#000;}. delete the entire TOC .

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p<{color:#000;}. Now manually insert a blank page right after the title/copyright page. This is your new Shakespir Table of Contents page.

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p<{color:#000;}. 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…Then highlight the ‘Table of Contents’ text and Insert/Bookmark it with ‘ref_TOC’ .

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p<{color:#000;}. Now for each chapter heading that you want in your Shakespir TOC Insert/Bookmark a unique bookmark name and write these bookmark names down for later use. Or memorize them.

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p<{color:#000;}. Now manually type in the table of contents line items like you want them to read underneath the ‘Table of Contents’ heading on the TOC page and apply a predefined style to them – something that will look nice – but not a Heading 1,2,3…

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p<{color:#000;}. Now 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 your new Shakespir Table of Contents exists with hyperlinks and all.

 

How to EASILY clone a Smashwoords interior file from a Kindle version

 

You can easily and quickly clone a perfect (and junk free) Shakespir interior file from a Kindle version at any time if you just follow this books simple method. And it is a lot easier and a LOT QUICKER than the way that the Shakespir manual suggests and yet it works just as well.

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So always make new changes to your Kindle file first and then just quickly clone a perfectly in synch Shakespir version using these rules.

 

You could also do it in reverse – clone a Kindle version from a Shakespir one. And this is easy to do too. BUT, you can’t easily re-update your TOC (table of contents) in Shakespir like you can in Kindle. Because Shakespir TOC’s have to be created by you manually. And interior changes inevitably involve changes to your TOC. And you’ll want to continually see how they change as you go. So make changes to your Kindle version first and then clone from there.

 

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p<{color:#000;}. Copy your Kindle version (.doc file) to a new Shakespir version .

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p<{color:#000;}. Open the new Shakespir version.

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p<{color:#000;}. Now you must delete all existing bookmarks that are in the file. Just go to any example of text that has been previously ‘bookmarked’ and highlight it and pulldown Insert/Bookmark and then apply ‘Delete’ to EVERY bookmark that currently exists in the document – one at a time . Even the weirdly named ones – the junk ones – that you notice exist but that you never explicitly created yourself.

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p<{color:#000;}. Now edit the Shakespir Title Copyright page accordingly .

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p<{color:#000;}. Now replace the Kindle TOC with a new Shakespir TOC .

 

Done.

Interiors – Createspace

Text

Just like Kindle formatting EXCEPT:

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

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

Images

Just like Kindle EXCEPT:

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

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p<{color:#000;}. Images should be at least 225 dpi.

Copyright / Title page

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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 version

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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 two different Createspace page formats as required . Now you have visible page numbers only when and where required.

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p={color:#000;}. Apply the Createspace ‘Title / 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 and then reinsert where necessary.

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

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

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p={color:#000;}. Remember that you have to EXPORT a pdf version of the final product when finished – Createspace only accepts pdf formatted interior files when uploading.

Covers – Kindle or Shakespir

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. This could then be used for Shakespir too.

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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 Title (and it must be identical to the one on Title page), Subtitle (optional), Author name (required). ‘PhotoScape’ free software is exellent for this: Object tab / ‘T’ allows you create, format and drag around text boxes on top of the image. In addition, ‘InfranView’ is free and easily allows overlaying opaque watermarks that contain text.

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p<{color:#000;}. When saving it remember to retain jpg format and the image’s required dpi and size. Use Gimp2 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: Must Export As to save newly scaled image as a jpg or png

 

Shakespir

Just like Kindle EXCEPT:

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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. But if your Kindle cover is 1600:2560 this will be fine for Shakespir too.

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 (back cover) if desired.

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p<{color:#000;}. Createspace has a free online cover builder if interested.

 

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p<{color:#000080;}. You must EXPORT and save your work as a PDF file too; these covers must be uploaded as pdf files.


Self Publishing to Kindle / Smashwords / Createspace using ONLY FREE software

  • Author: John Dalton
  • Published: 2017-02-25 20:20:13
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