Creating An EBook: The Tools You Need

You have written your first eBook. Now you need to get that eBook in front of readers. Sounds simple enough right? Well, technology and eBook retailers have made it hard and easy. The hard part is picking where to start and converting your eBook into a format that is accepted or at least works. The easy part is creating your eBook. There are many great tools available (some free – some not) designed and developed to help you along the path to creating an eBook.

Kindle and Nook both have a pretty simple process and do most of the work for you.

Creating An EBook For Kindle

The Kindle Help Page

Kindle Formatting Guide

Create Your Own Kindle EBook, Step by Step, With Pictures

Kindle Generator and Adobe InDesign Plugin

Creating An EBook For Nook

Nook Press – it will walk you through most of the process

How to create a well-formatted NookBook

Software For Creating An EBook

Scrivener – in my opinion this is the best all-around software for writers. Scrivener is not free, but affordable.

Celtx – a free option that can help you organize and develop your writing craft. They offer some paid services as well, but the free version provide most of what you will need.

Libre Office – free, open-source office suite with most of the same features as Microsoft Office. Here is a guide to creating an eBook using Libre Office Writer.

Calibre – a free, open-source eBook library organizer. It can convert your eBook for use with most popular eBook readers. Here is a guide: The ABCs of e-book format conversion: Easy Calibre tips for the Kindle, Sony and Nook.

Online Converters For Creating An EBook

2EPUB – converts azw3, doc, docx, epub, fb2, html, lit, lrf, mobi, odt, pdb, pdf, prc, rtf and txt formatted document into azw3, epub, fb2, lit, lrf or mobi. It is a free service but limited to 5 files of less than 25 megabytes. – simply converts fb2 to epub.

Guides To Creating An EBook

The Ultimate Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Platform

8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook

How to Use Microsoft Word to Create an Ebook

Series: How To Write An Ebook

How to self-publish an ebook

Whatever method or methods you choose, come back and tell me about it. If you have used software not mentioned here or found a great guide to creating an eBook, let me know in the comments.

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John McDuffie is a writer and blogger that specializes in marketing, graphic design and the freelance lifestyle. He works hard to stay on top of the latest trends in freelancing, marketing and graphic design.

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