Design & Upload Your Ebook
Design & Upload Your Ebook
This course is bound to be for you! Rather than focus on a narrow path with just one method of creation, this course shows you how to design an ebook using three different programs/methods:
Microsoft Word to ePub
Scrivener to ePub (fiction and nonfiction authors’ favorite drafting program)
Jutoh to ePub (a workhorse ebook creation software)
We’ll also cover basic to advanced HTML and CSS coding for those who want to take their ebook design to the next level. Topics covered include:
- Ebook format conversion
- Epub validation
- Coding for interactive elements
And finally, we’ll walk through step-by-step instructions on how to upload to Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks.
Everything you need to go from draft to published ebook, you’ll find in this course. The takeaway is priceless: a unique, interactive, and beautiful ebook that will earn you passive income for the rest of your life.
Course Introduction and Overview
An introduction to the course and your instructor, Cheri Lasota. After taking this course you'll be able to design and upload your e-book to Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks.
A brief description of the programs we'll explore, the HTML and CSS coding we'll learn and the uploading processes we'll walk through during this course.
On Ebook Formats
In this lecture, we'll explore ideas for what to include in your ebook's front matter, manuscript and back matter. We'll cover basic elements and then move on to more advanced, interactive features.
A discussion on ePub and Mobi files, the two main types of e-book formats.
Microsoft Word to ePub: The Content-Focused Path
Part 1 of Microsoft Word to ePub will cover how to prepare a clean Word document using multiple methods to ensure you don't end up with validation errors later on when exporting to ePub format.
Part 2 will finish up the discussion of how to format a Word document for ePub.
Scrivener to ePub: The Integrated Path
If you're new to Scrivener, this lecture is an excellent introduction to the program's features. Learn how to create a new manuscript from scratch.
In Part 2 of this series on Scrivener, you'll learn how to compile and export your ePub or Mobi file.
Jutoh to ePub: The High-Production Path
This lecture will cover how to use the ebook design creation software Jutoh to create and export a clean, aesthetically pleasing epub or mobi file.
Exploring Your ePub
After this lecture, you'll know how to open and navigate your ePub file in order to make changes or pinpoint and fix ePub validation errors.
The Coding Series
One of the greatest benefits of learning HTML, CSS and how to navigate an ePub file is that you can make changes on the fly and fix problems as they arise. In this lecture, you'll get a crash course on what you'll need to know.
This is a master class in creating graphical titles from scratch. Bring the HTML and CSS knowledge you learned in the last lecture and we'll apply it to gorgeous graphical chapter titles.
We'll now apply our newfound knowledge in HTML and CSS to first-line coding such as drop caps, up caps, and small-capped first lines.
Learn how to convert an ePub to Mobi or Mobi to ePub using the free software Calibre.
Amazon's Kindle Digital Publishing Platform
Step-by-step instructions on how to upload to Amazon 's KDP as well as an overview of the platform's many promotional features, such as KDP Select and price-matching.
A continuation of the uploading process to Amazon's KDP platform.
Barnes & Noble's Nook Press Platform
An easy stroll through the Nook Press uploading process.
Kobo Writing Life Platform
After this lecture, you'll be a pro at uploading ebooks to the Kobo Writing Life platform.
Apple's iBooks Platform
An introduction to Apple iBooks and an exploration of iTunes Connect, the website you'll use to manage your ebooks and access your sales data.
A walk-through of uploading your ePub to Apple's iTunes Producer, the platform you'll use to get your ebooks into the iBookstore.
Exploring the iBooks Author App, which will help you create richly enhanced, interactive ebooks effortlessly.
Concluding thoughts on the "Design and Upload Your Ebook" course.