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Gustav Adolph Hennig, Girl Reading

I can format Word files for ebook preparation, and help you create Kindle ebooks. Below are some samples of those you can check out if you want. Other formats are basically the same, you start with a stripped down version of your master text and go from there.

See the publishing page for details on the services I offer and info on how to do it yourself. You can also use the master text to format printed books or create web sites.

Formatting for ebooks is actually rather easy if your text is all finalized, every i dotted and t crossed, and ready to go. It's more a question of leaving things out than things you have to insert. You create a stripped-down version of the text, with formatting basically only using Word's styles, and then make separate copies specifically for Kindle, iBook, ePub, Android, whatever format you wish.

Unlike printed books, whose appearance is fixed, ebooks shift with the device, so you have to tweak them a bit more so that they look good on both smartphones and pads. But they're not that difficult. It gets a bit more complicated if you have lots of graphics and such, but most fiction books don't.

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Ebooks I've Prepared
Here are a few examples of some that are currently on Amazon that you can check out.

Quirke: A Novel of Love, Law and Magic by Kaye Reeves

Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland by Anna Samborska

The Soul of Real Estate: Rethinking the World's Greatest Profession by Ross Blaising and Robbie Reese

Ebook Tools and Links
Wikipedia comparison of ebook formats.

Alive Software in Ontario, Canada, has a nice program called Epage Creator, which creates ebooks in many formats from docs, PDFs and image files. You can also create what they call Flipbooks, simple ebooks for smart phones and such.

calibre ebook program. "calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book."

"calibre has a built-in editor that allows you to edit e-books in the most popular e-book formats, EPUB and AZW3 (Kindle). The editor has a live preview showing the effect of your changes as you make them and includes a comprehensive checking tool that can find many of the most common errors in book structure and formatting and even fix some of them automatically. The editor also has an integrated review tool to visually inspect the differences between different versions of the book."

Kindle site at Amazon, where you publish and distribute your ebooks. Uses your regular Amazon account.

CreateSpace site at Amazon, where you publish and distribute your print-on-demand books. Different username and password from your regular Amazon account.

Bowker ISBNs. Purchase in packages of 10 for $250, you need one for each format, ebook or print. They also have barcodes and self-publishing tools.

Library of Congress and U.S. Copyright office.
Electronic copyright registration (eCO). PDF of eCO tutorial.

The EPUB Format
EPUB is an "industry-standard" ebook format. I don't use it much. You don't need to know about it to create a Kindle book.

Wikihow on converting a Word doc to EPUB.

Here's some info on EPUB from Wikipedia:

"The EPUB format is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based (as opposed to PDF) e-book format; that is, it is supported by the largest number of e-Readers, including Amazon Kindle Fire (but not standard Kindle).

"EPUB is an e-book file format with the extension .epub that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers. It is a technical standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The term is short for electronic publication and is sometimes styled ePub. EPUB became an official standard of the IDPF in September 2007, superseding the older Open eBook standard. The Book Industry Study Group endorses EPUB 3 as the format of choice for packaging content and has stated that the global book publishing industry should rally around a single standard. EPUB is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based (as opposed to PDF) e-book format; that is, it is supported by the largest number of hardware readers.

"It is also widely used on many software readers such as iBooks on iOS and Google Books on Android, but notably not by the Amazon Kindle e-readers. iBooks also supports the proprietary iBook format, which is based on the EPUB format but depends upon code from the iBooks app to function.

"EPUB 2.0 was approved in October 2007, with a maintenance update (2.0.1) approved in September 2010. The EPUB 3.0 specification was published in November 2014. New major features include support for precise layout or specialized formatting, such as for comic books, and MathML support."

Client Reviews
I'm the co-author of "DEMON DAYS" a thriller book series. I'm also an indie author, working with an indie publishing company (Lono Publishing) on my books.

In 2011, we were looking to find an editor we could work with on our "DEMON DAYS" project, a manuscript that had taken two years to write and would eventually be divided into DEMON DAYS - BOOK TWO, THREE and FOUR of the series.

That's right; the editing work was for a manuscript eventually encompassing three books! Over 180,000 words!

We needed an editor who would be meticulous... handle the work within a tight time frame... and do it for indie publishing prices.

After several false starts with other editors, we xcame across Michael Presky through an online advertisement. To underline the point -- Presky isn't a relative, a friend, or even referred to me by a friend. I've never even actually met Michael Presky.

But I know he exists because Michael Presky was an amazing editor on our books!

He digested all of our desires for the project, then worked tirelessly to deliver his services (services being a loaded word, because really a good editor is also bringing something artistic to the process as well) on time.

His editing was indeed meticulous. He caught problems throughout the 180,000 word manuscript that my co-author and I both missed (and that's after working on the manuscript for two years).

Frankly, if Mr. Presky did not catch some of our mistakes there's no doubt my co-author and I would have looked like monkeys with typewriters when readers eventually read the published books.

I will end this endorsement of Mr. Presky's capabilities with what I always believe is the best testament to one's capability -- Michael Presky will be editing my latest thriller book series, "Black Mariah."

Richard Finney, Author and Screenwriter
Los Angeles, California

This is the first time I've had any work done by Michael Presky, and it certainly won't be the last. His editing was clean and concise, as he worked actively to preserve the author's voice while making it as smooth as possible for the reader. He was fast and thorough, and his services were not extravagantly priced. Excelsior!

Thomas B., Author

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