E Books vs Printed Books

So you have written your first book or are planning on writing a book, but you do not know if you want to make it for print or for an ebook. Why not do both! What I tell my clients, is that if you order a book cover for print, I will provide you with the ebook cover free of charge, providing that the cover is the same art that is on your printed book. It does not cost anything more to upload your book for both, so why not just provide both for your readers and let them choose! 

There are advantages to both print and ebooks. Ebooks are convenient and you can take them anywhere using your phone or tablet. Printed books are nice to have at home, for those of us who like to feel the actual book in their hand..my Mother is like this..she likes to read and hold the actual book. I myself love going to book stores and libraries and browsing the various covers, feel their textures and the smell..it is wonderful! And they make great gifts!

So yes! Do Both! You will have the best of both worlds!

Smartphone vs Camera

I often have writers send me photographs to use for their book cover which they took with their smartphone. Pictures taken with  smartphones are fine and dandy to use for Facebook, Instagram, Email, the web.., but for printing for your book cover, not so much!  (Ebooks use is fine).

Today smartphones have really progressed in the camera area and have more megapixels than ever before. However, a camera is still better to use when you want to capture that perfect image to put on your book cover or on a page inside your book. High resolution is very important when you want to print images. If an image is poor quality resolution, you end up with a blurry image which looks cheap and unprofessional.

Light sensors in phones can’t compare to how a camera can adjust for lighting, such as a flash.

Stability is also a factor. Smartphones do have stabilizers but they are digital stabilizers and not optical stabilizers like cameras have.

Zooming is much better with a camera too, it has the optical zoom where a smartphone uses a digital zoom and you can get pixilated images as a result.

So, if you are just wanted that quick snap shot to post an image on your Facebook page or send as an email, your smartphone is great for that. But if you are wanting to have a perfect photo to place on the cover of a book or for pages inside a book, or even for posters, a good camera is always the way to go!

Say Cheeeese!

Kindle Image Resolution

OK, I just found this information out myself after trying to format my interior file for my book. I was receiving an error after submitting to the Preview Submission on Kindle. My error was that my images were too low resolution and only 220 DPI. I know for a fact that they were 300dpi when I inserted them! So..after attending a webinar today by Kindle Direct Publishing, I found that there is a setting on Word where you can select that your images are not compressed and that is what was happening with my images. If you are receiving errors when trying to submit your images to Kindle please look at your settings in your Word. Go to File>Options>Advanced>Image Size and Quality. Click on “Do not compress images in file”

Prints and Monitors

You are viewing a beautiful picture on your computer monitor and
decide you want to print it.
Once you do print it out, and look at it, the colors do not appear the same.
Reason is, the colors on your monitor will always look different than in print.
Printed images will always be darker than what you are viewing on your monitor.
Your printer uses inks and your monitor emits light so naturally your monitor images
will appear brighter and more vibrant than what ink will.
Please keep this in mind when reviewing images on your computer screen. It will
avoid a lot of confusion and disappointment.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

So here is is October! Happy October, the month of ghosts, goblins and all good things that go bump in the night! Today I opened my email to find a letter from Amazon ( you can read it in an update on my “Self Publisher’s Helpful Links”) informing me that CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are merging and becoming one service. So now KDP not only will handle your Kindle ebooks, but also your print books. I suppose this will make things easier for both Amazon and us, having both formats in one location. I took a look at KDP and found some interesting tools there. They have a Kid’s Book Creator and a Comic Book Creator that are for you ebook formats. I noticed something interesting that there is a tool where you can make your text pop off the page, making it appear bigger. This is because so many time the text is too small when you read it on your phone or tablet and will make the text much more easier to read! How cool is that!

You should check it out HERE

And here is a link where you can download the Kindle Kid’s Book Creator

I downloaded it and it looks like a great tool that is simple and fun to use! Give it a try!

Kindle Create Tool

Kindle Direct Publishing has now made a tool that will easily format your Word document or pdf file into a format called a “kpf” file. A kpf file is your manuscript that you can upload when publishing your book to Kindle. Here is a link where you can download the tool:

Quick Publishing Tutorial

I know how intimidating publishing on Amazon can be so I have created a brief tutorial to help get you started. First you want to create a Kindle Direct Publishing account if you have not already done so. You want to go to this link:

Once you have created your account on Kindle Direct Publishing you can begin your publishing process. We are going to assume you already have your document written and your cover created and ready for upload. Here are some images I have created to help you along your way.

Step 1-Sign into your Kindle Direct Publishing Account
Step 2- Click on Bookshelf. This is where you will do all your work.
Step 3-Create a New Title!
Step 4- Enter title name and information.
Step 5- Here is where you will upload your manuscript and your cover.
Step 6- Here is where you will enter your pricing and other information.

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