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Techie Tuesday

Edition 1, Volume 22

How to Convert a Document into an eBook – Part 1: Getting Started

So you’re done writing and you’d like to convert your manuscript into an eBook. No problem. Right? Right! Especially if you have the correct tools.

How To Convert
Below are some quick steps on how to get started:

  1. Download Calibre (FREE) at http://calibre-ebook.com/download (make sure to pick the correct OS platform)
  2. Install the program by clicking on your download
  3. Go to http://calibre-ebook.com/help and determine the type of format you’re inputting and the type of eBook you want to output, then click on the links for step-by-step instruction. There is also a section for Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. There you have it. An eBook from your document!

Calibre eBook Management is a program easy enough for most novices to understand. From it you can convert .html, .doc, .docx, .pdf  (plus many more) into an array of eBook formats that will fit a wide variety of eReaders including Nook, Kindle, iPad, Tablet, Microsoft Reader, etc. (there are many more formats available, these are only a sampling of the most popular).

Why Should I Convert?
With the sale of handheld devices and eReader apps on the rise, you are doing yourself a disservice by not offering the option of an eBook to your readers. And by offering them this option, you are potentially increasing your sales in a market you otherwise would not have been exposed to.

What To Do Next?
Now that you have your document in eBook format, what next? How do you get it into Amazon or Barnes and Noble? Glad you asked, because next month I’ll be talking with ACFW Colorado Rocky Mountain Zone Director, Kathy Kovach (Kathleen E. Kovach), who successfully converted her book, Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal (co-written with Paula Moldenhauer; PK Publishing, Ltd. 2012) into an eBook with both vendors.

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Next month: How to Convert a Document into an eBook – Part 2: What To Do Next