E-book Conversion is Easy as Cake

Converting your books into e-books is easy. Anyone can do it. Just like making a cake is easy. Anyone can do it. Just make sure what you put into the oven (e-book converting software) has been blended to actually form a cake.

You can look at a recipe (follow simple instructions) to make your cake. But what if the recipe doesn’t list the amount of each ingredient (like not knowing the meaning of each of the instructions inside the e-book converter)? No cookbook I’m aware of actually tells you to crack open the eggs and just use the stuff inside. (You may put this down as common sense, but until you learned that you didn’t know either.)

And what about cake variations (different forms of e-books)? A chocolate cake will take slightly different ingredients than a strawberry or vanilla cake; just as e-books on the iPad, Kindle, and other e-readers vary. The html used for Amazon’s Kindle devices varies from the html used for epub readers. Simply saving your MS Word document as “html – filtered” will not always give you the result you expect once you’ve put it through the e-book conversion software. The html and files included inside an epub for Apple’s iPad differs from other epubs. Fixed layout epubs require more pages of html. Fonts may be embedded in some e-books, but not in others (because the e-reader will not display them).

Another way of looking at it is how one editor wants your manuscript to be formatted while another wants it slightly different.

An academic essay submitted in Chicago style, when the professor expected it in APA style, will not receive the highest grade. In fact the professor will probably hand it back and demand it be submitted in the proper format.

Whether it’s an academic paper or an e-book, you can do it yourself, but you don’t have to. You’re better off handling the writing and leaving the formatting and conversion to someone who already knows what they are doing.

That’s why we’re here to help you get the results you want.

Darla Mittler is the President and CEO of Darla Mittler Document Magic. For over 20 years she has been helping people organize and streamline their businesses

2 Responses to E-book Conversion is Easy as Cake

  1. Zac Efron says:

    I liked the tile of your post, eBooks conversion is like a cake, and really it’s too easy. I am enjoying my ebooks and when I need I convert them according to the need. Nowadays I m lukin for Fixed Layout Conversion for iPad do u think any freeware is available online?

    • Darla M says:

      I am not aware of any freeware programs that will automatically convert documents to fixed-layout for iPad. You can do it yourself using Sigil and Calibre, though. A fixed-layout epub requires each page to be a separate html document. There is also another file you need to include to tell the e-reader that the epub is fixed-layout. If it is for the iPad, there is yet another file that must be included in the epub file structure in order for it to work with iBooks. Best of luck.

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