May. 6th, 2012

avashida: (books - kindle!love)
I've recently come to the (sad) conclusion that I no longer like paperbacks. I like owning them - I want paperback copies of all my favourite books. But that's my dragon-side wanting its hoard. When it comes to actual reading, I want an ebook.

Anyway, one of my HUGE PEEVES (I would say pet peeves, but Vegas is our pet and he is tiny, and this is not a tiny peeve, SEE MY LOGIC) is when the formatting of an ebook is screwed up. This can take the form of random blank lines inserted between every paragraph (sometimes two or three lines), random line breaks or page breaks, LACK of line breaks (sentences each meant to be on their own line get crammed into one paragraph somehow) and table of contents' that don't work.

Recently there was a post that says publishers don't know how their content gets screwed up, because it's perfect when they input it.


Personally, I think a lot of trad publishers (not all by any extent, but a lot) are idiots when it comes to ebooks: pricing, selling, and MAKING them. And seeing as how I've gone through several ebooks and corrected them, I think I know what I'm doing, and what I'm saying when I say that it's really not that hard.

So this is my experiment to see if I do actually know what I'm talking about.

How to make an ebook... )

Voila, you're done! Perfect formatting. Done. Took me about 40 minutes, and that with constant breaks to type down each step as I did it.

So there's no excuses for anyone to muck up, now is there?


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