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E-books & imposition


In this episode, you'll learn how to create an e-book from your manuscript, and how to use software to do the "imposition" of your book's pages so they can be printed out, folded, and stacked into a book.


EDIT: Since creating this episode, I've started producing my e-books using the program Scrivener, which is available for Apple and Windows computers.

Scrivener's main purpose is to organise all the files associated with a writing project, from research to outlining to writing your manuscript. And now it outputs e-books — more easily and with more control than any of the other tools I've tried.

My second choice for e-book authoring is Jutoh, and there's also a freeware e-book creation program called Sigil.

Sigil - multi-platform WYSIWYG ePub e-book editor (free; PC, Mac, Linux)

2ePub - free online ePub converter (free, web-based)

Jutoh - WYSIWYG, cross-platform (paid; PC, Mac, Linux)

eCub - freeware ePub creation software (free; Mac)

MobiPocket Creator - e-book creation software (free; PC)

Smashwords - (free) online e-book sales portal with their own online "meat grinder" Word-to-eBook converter (which is as brutal as it sounds, and can make a real mess of your manuscript's formatting)

Scribd - "A digital documents library that allows users to publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents in various languages."

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The following two programs help you organise all your research, character notes, outlines, etc and build e-books as well:

Scrivener (paid; Mac, PC)

Storyist (paid; Mac)