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Books are collections of ideas in writing for the purpose of preserving or conveying a specific point, telling a story, or otherwise just distributing and/or disseminating information.

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Specifications

ISBN

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) code created by Gordon Foster, now Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin, for the booksellers and stationers W.H. Smith and others in 1966.[2]

PDF

".pdf" file extension

PDF

Tools

ePub

".epub" file extension

Tools

iBook

Kindle

".azw" file extension

Tools


Book Covers

Format Size in px Resolution File Size
Kindle CC JPG, TIFF min 500px max 1280px 72 dpi n/s
Kindle EC JPG 600 x 800 167ppi – 300dpi 127kb
B&N/Nook CC JPG, GIF, PNG 600 x 730 n/s n/s
B&N/Nook EC JPG, GIF, PNG 600 x 1024 170 ppi 300kb
iPad EC JPG, GIF, PNG 600 x 860 132 ppi 200kb

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Publishers

Traditional

Independent


Comic Books


EBook



Sellers

Amazon

Amazon

eBay

eBay

Apple (iTunes)

Apple [15]

Sony (eReader)

Google Editions

Google announced in 2009 its plans to sell books online, a natural progression perhaps from the Google Books project.[17]

Barnes & Noble

Chapters

Others



Archives

Google Books

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Page 1: http://books.google.com/books?id=qlIEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA1&img=1&zoom=3&hl=en&sig=ACfU3U2Be5raqb-14h-ULBU_wIzOSca8Yw&w=685
Page 4: http://books.google.com/books?id=qlIEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA4&img=1&zoom=3&hl=en&sig=ACfU3U2qgi33-glyAVQVXzLY2XSe6-QjsQ&w=685


Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the single largest source of Linked Open Data for Books, Text and Literary works in digital format (eBook/Audiobook).

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arXiv

A site attempting to enable open access to e-prints of the world's most relevant texts in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. The site currently holds over 560,904 texts.

OpenLibrary

A project attempting to provide an informational page (URI) with overview and buy/read links to every book.



Services

Publishing


Search


Social



APIs


E-Readers

Kindle

  • Amazon Kindle:

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Sony

Sony E-Reader:

Kobo

  • Chapters/Indigo Kobo reader:

iPad

Apple's iPad:

Playbook

Blackberry Playbook:

Android

Samsung Galaxy Tablet:



Audiobooks

Audiobooks are spoken versions of the text of a regular book, as read by the author, a voice-actor, celebrity, or even as read by yourself for future reference.

Audible

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Promotion

Promoting a book (especially a self-published ebook) can be one of the most difficult tasks, second only to probably the process of gathering material and writing the book itself. The following is an eBook promotion checklist:

  1. Website
  2. Blog
  3. Goodreads author profile
  4. Facebook (dedicated Fan Page for Author/Book and at the right time Facebook Ads)
  5. Twitter (tweeting regularly and for special events, promoted[30] tweets)
  6. Book trailer & promotional videos (YouTube)
  7. Podcast & audio recordings of conversations/speeches/lectures (iTunes)
  8. Speaking Engagements (universities, libraries, book clubs, domain-specific venues)
  9. Book Signings/sales events
  10. Book Consignment (@ cafes/pawn-shops)
  11. Book Giveaways (no more than once per quarter)
  12. Book Groups & Clubs (such as MyBooksOut on Yahoo! Groups or local author clubs)
  13. Online Q&A sites (such as Quora) & Message Forums (find topically-relevant mailing lists, newsgroups and discussion forums online)
  14. Online Workshops (use tools like Google Hangouts, UStream and/or Skype and host your own "meet the author" sessions or live tutorials/discussions online)
  15. Blog tour (guest-blogging on other sites/blogs)
  16. Awards (enter writing/publishing contests)
  17. Mechanical Turk - comments, reviews, ratings
  18. Fiverr - backlinks, blog articles
  19. Audiobook version on (Audible)
  20. Free Preview eBook (or sample chapters)

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Tools


Resources


Tutorials


External Links


References

  1. wikipedia: Ebook_reader#Supported_File_Formats
  2. wikipedia: ISBN
  3. ePub format: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EPub
  4. Build a digital book with EPUB: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/tutorials/x-epubtut/
  5. ePub 3.0 content: http://idpf.org/epub/30/spec/epub30-contentdocs.html
  6. Improve the Quality of ePub eBooks with Sigil: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19309/improve-the-quality-of-epub-ebooks-with-sigil/
  7. The ePUB Format for E-Books – Everything You Wanted to Know: http://www.labnol.org/software/epub-format-ebooks/10879/
  8. iPad Tutorial - How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks: http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/21/ipad-tutorial-how-to-read-your-old-non-epub-ebooks-using-ibooks/
  9. epubcheck - Validation tool for EPUB: http://code.google.com/p/epubcheck/
  10. iLife Tutorial – Create an iPad compatible eBook with Sigil : http://www.icreatemagazine.com/tips/tutorial-create-an-ipad-compatible-ebook-with-sigil/
  11. iBooks Author vs. ePub Author: http://alanquatermain.me/post/16179111286/ibooks-author-vs-epub-author
  12. Amazon Kindle - (GPL) source code modules: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200203720
  13. Introducing Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m2S5YCKCJJ64W8:m1KUZNR4TVZSMM
  14. Ebook Cover Design and Optimum Size Specifications for Amazon, Kindle, B&N, Nook, iBookstore, and iPad Formats: http://www.natashafondren.com/writing/kindle-formatting/ebook-cover-design-and-optimum-size-specifications-for-amazon-kindle-bn-nook-ibookstore-and-ipad-formats/
  15. An Apple online bookstore in the works?: http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/26/business/20100126075029&sec=business
  16. wikipedia: iBooks
  17. Google jumps on the online bookstore bandwagon: http://appleoverload.com/boygeniusreport/google-jumps-on-the-online-bookstore-bandwagon/
  18. wikipedia: Google Books
  19. wikipedia: Google Books Library Project
  20. Gutenberg Feeds & RDF/XML: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:Feeds
  21. Gutenberg Project - instructions for Robots:
  22. EXAMPLE - Sheet Music compositions: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/categories/4 (project halted)
  23. List Price Requirements: http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=453
  24. Amazon Direct Publishing Royalty options: http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=393
  25. Royalty Calculator: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Index.jsp#content2
  26. Google Announces Book Search APIs: http://blog.programmableweb.com/2008/10/02/google-announces-book-search-apis/
  27. Amazon's Cloud Reader: Beginning of the HTML5 surge vs. Apple's App Store vig: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/amazons-cloud-reader-beginning-of-the-html5-surge-vs-apples-app-store-vig/54587
  28. Top 10 Free Audiobook sites: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easy-listening-pleasures-10-websites-free-audio-book-downloads/
  29. How To Maximize Your Audiobook Listening Experience: http://audiobook-services-review.toptenreviews.com/how-to-maximize-your-audiobook-listening-experience.html
  30. How much is a promoted Tweet?: https://www.quora.com/How-much-is-a-Promoted-Tweet
  31. Tips for Promoting a Book Online: http://suite101.com/article/tips-for-promoting-a-book-online-a214721
  32. Promoting Your Book Online: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/promoting-your-book-online/
  33. 5 rules to sell thousands of copies of your ebook: http://mir.aculo.us/2012/10/20/5-rules-to-sell-thousands-of-copies-of-your-ebook/
  34. 10 Best Websites For Free Audio Books: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easy-listening-pleasures-10-websites-free-audio-book-downloads/
  35. Self Publishing on Amazon: http://brentsampson.com/2010/11/16/self-publishing-on-amazon/
  36. How to create Flash Flipping Book for free: http://flashymania.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-create-flash-flipping-book-for.html
  37. wikipedia: Kurt_Vonnegutt#Self-assessment
  38. http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/110-search/articles/20005336-how-to-promote-your-profile
  39. Selling My eBook on Amazon: http://snook.ca/archives/writing/selling-ebook-on-amazon
  40. Case Study - Page Flip Effect from 20thingsilearned.com: http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/casestudies/20things_pageflip.html
  41. How to Record Excellent Audio Books: http://lifehacker.com/129953/how-to-record-excellent-audio-books

See Also

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