ePublishing Formats

The Pleiades Publishing Services team is experienced with the most commonly used ePublishing formats, including ePub, Mobi, and PDF. The widely supported ePub format standard can be read on the Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo eReader models. The popular, Mobi-based Kindle models, however, do not natively support ePub. That means that self publishers have to convert their existing ePub files to the proprietary Kindle format . The good news is that there is a free conversion tool, Calibre available that simplifies the process for self publishers.

Although the Kindle reader uses a proprietary format, the device is currently the dominant e-reader. Amazon has worked hard to simplify the conversion process and offers a free Kindle app for Windows and Mac computers, as well as for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7 devices. In short Amazon is doing all it can to keep its dominate market position. For self publishers that means making their work available in the Kindle format is a must do.

Creating and editing content for ePublishing applications

Most eBook publishing formats (Kindle (Mobi), ePub, PDF) recommens creating and editing your content in Microsoft Word. However, if you don’t have MSWord available, the FREE open source Google Docs application can create and edit in the MSWord format. The Adobe Creative Suite InDesign can easily convert files to the ePub format.

What is meant by the phrase file conversion?

File conversion refers to the process of taking a publication currently in the form of a Word document, a GoogleDoc, InDesign file, or PDF and making it into something that an eReader can display. The current file types that eReaders use to properly display an eBook file are MOBI and EPUB. MOBI is specific to the Amazon Kindle. EPUB is a format that is used by the iPad, the Nook, and most others.

Why is producing your publication in an electronic format important?

Publishers and authors have a choice between several ePublication standards —  ePub, PDF and Amazon’s Kindle are the top three — for now. The ever expanding and profitable eBook market has put digital publishing formats and readers that use them at the forefront of consumer tech watches.  The International Digital Publishing Forum has been collecting quarterly US trade retail eBook sales in conjunction with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) since first quarter 2002. Check out the Industry statistics for yourself. For details on the AAP’s statistics program, please refer to the AAP website. The IDPF has aggregated quarterly statistics from the AAP’s program and earlier IDPF statistics program represented in graph form.

eBook reader systems  like Amazon’s Kindle Fire,  Barnes & Noble Nook the Sony Reader  and the current supper star reader the Apple iPad offer full digital libraries that fit on your tablet. As technology advances, and the eBook offerings increase exponentially, publishers and author entrepreneurs are looking for more user-friendly tools for eBook production. Its important to understand both the advantages and disadvantages of the ePub and PDF formats for ePublishing projects

You don’t have to take our word for it, listen to your market…its calling.

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