eBook Creation

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the eBook as ‘an electronic version of a printed book’ but eBooks can and do exist without any print equivalent.

As the publisher you can decide if you want to produce both an eBook and a printed version and, if so, will there be any differences between the two versions. You should note that both books will require a separate ISBN as they are regarded as individual titles.

Many people believe that having their book in pure PDF format means that it can be read on any eReader or mobile device. While in many cases the PDF can be opened on such devices, it provides a static or unchangeable image which is usually too hard to read. The use of a proper eBook format, such as ePub or versioned ePub, enables the text to be resized to suit the device, making it a more enjoyable and usable reading experience.

ePub is an open standard for eBooks created by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Your eBooks will be created in ePub which can be converted into many other formats for the major eReader devices on the market.

eBooks can be created from most native files however InDesign, PDF and Word are the preferred formats. The most cost effective way to produce an eBook is to set the manuscript in a structured manner.

An ePub file contains no DRM capability. Should you choose to load this file to a site without DRM, the file will be downloadable and copyable without restriction. Care should therefore be taken when distributing this file. eBooks distributed on the Palmer Higgs Books OnLine site  have full DRM protection, unless you stipulate otherwise.