Different services require different formats, which can be a little awkward at times. Technology is changing almost daily these days, so you need to be on your toes and know what to expect when your self-publishing.
Below are the most used formats for eBooks:
PDF: Not easily displayed on grayscale devices and difficult to convert for standard eBook formats.
MOBI: Perfect for Amazon Kindle, even though EPUB works just as well.
EPUB: The global standard for eBooks, working smoothly on most devices. While you're not able to directly create an EPUB file on Word there is software you can use to convert your file.
Which ever file type is required for self-publishing your eBook they all require their own particular formatting. you'll need to do your homework when it comes to formatting your eBook though.
There are some service providers that are customer service oriented that would help take the pressure off such as Draft2Digital and BookBaby. If you're eBook contains a lot of illustrations and has a particular layout you could look into hiring an independent company such as eBookPartnership.
Below are some tools for formatting and converting your eBook:
Format in Microsoft Word and Convert to eBook in Calibre.
When it comes to eBook cover design, often a plain design will stand out more than a flashy cover. This is because your cover may be seen in black and white, grayscale, colour, high resolution, low resolution, thumbnail size or full size. It may be worth getting a professional to create your cover for you.
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