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Republishing my poetry book as a true eBook

So I am thinking about republishing my book of poetry as a true eBook instead of a print version that doubles as a downloadable PDF. Several friends of mine use Smashwords to do their eBook publishing as it posts the book to various publishers including Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBook store. I suppose the question I need to answer is whether it is worth it or not to take the time to reformat the book to Smashwords’ style specifications in the hopes of attracting actual sales.

One would think that a more affordable, usable, eBook readable format of the book would sell better, but one never knows.

In any event I’ll keep everyone posted if/when it gets published. In the meantime, if any of you graphic design types out there would like to do a quick side project and design my eBook cover image, feel free to let me know, I would even be willing to pay a small fee for your time!

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  1. August 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Do it. Download the Smashwords Style Guide — it tells you everything you need to know about formatting. Follow the directions and upload your book to Smashwords. Then take your Smashwords-formatted book over to Kindle Direct Publishing and upload it there, too.

    For covers — I already posted at FB, but I’ve been doing my own, and I am no graphic artist. There are a whole bunch of royalty-free stock photography sites out there — I usually use Dreamstime.com because their prices are low. Basically you pay a one-time fee for the picture and then you can use it pretty much forever (unless you sell 50K copies, and as I told a friend, if I sell 50K copies of *any* of my books, I’ll have made enough $$ that I would be more than happy to renegotiate the cost of the cover art!). Then (on Wayfriend’s suggestion) I use GIMP (which is free) to design the cover.

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