Just 5 quick ways to format your ebook.
- Use Scrivener.
- The learning curve is a big one, I’ll admit it. However, now that I’ve got the handle on it (with a few glitches I’m still working out) it’s the fastest way to format an ebook.
- Use Calibre.
- Calibre is free software you can use to format ebooks, store ebooks, and convert files from one medium to another. I use it in conjunction with Scrivener to check that the formatting on my ebook and the table of contents is properly hyperlinked.
- Use Word.
- It’s not quite as easy to use Word as it is to use Scrivener, but you can still create a great looking ebook with it. I really like the chapter styles you can use to make your chapter numbers all fancy. (That’s something I haven’t figured out with Scrivener. Those fancy chapters elude me.)
- Use OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
- Both of these options are free alternatives to Microsoft Word. They aren’t quite as intuitive as Word is, but it’s not hard to create a nice looking ebook with this software. You should always double check your pub with Calibre to make sure the links work and your font choices, etc… look good.
- Hire someone!
- Is this cheating? Totally not cheating in my book. Rachel Bostwick does an amazing job formatting and I have had her format the paperback version of Demon’s Cradle and World Weaver for me. She does a kickass job. You can find her here.
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