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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.

Espresso Book Machine
How Books get Printed (traditional)


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Book Covers

There are a variety of suggested "Book Cover" image file formats and dimensions. The following table summarizes expectations by publisher/platform:

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



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.[5]


".pdf" file extension

For more info, see dedicated article: PDF


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".epub" file extension

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".azw" file extension is Amazon Kindle's proprietary "wrapper" around the ".mobi" format, that includes some copyright protections, purchase delivery, licensing verification, and similar related functionality.



DocBook is a schema (available in several languages including RELAX NG, SGML and XML DTDs, and W3C XML Schema) maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee of OASIS. It is particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software (though it is by no means limited to these applications). It is an example of how new terms can be added to a vocabulary in a robust and extensible manner (i.e. without having a major impact on the usage or downgrading performance of other terms in the vocabulary).


PostScript (PS) is a computer language for creating vector graphics. It is a dynamically typed, concatenative programming language created in 1982. It is best known for its use as a page description language in the early electronic and desktop publishing areas.



TeX (pronounced tek) is a script for marking up and typesetting text into professional looking academic papers or documents written by Donald Knuth.

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LaTeX (pronounced lay-tek; combination of creator Leslie Lamport's name and TeX) is a macro package (extension) of TeX, with additional mathematics and presentation markup. The primary goal of LaTeX is to simplify TeX typesetting, especially for documents containing mathematical formulae.

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Comic Books







Apple (iTunes)

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Sony (eReader)

Google Editions

Google announced in 2009 its plans to sell books online, a natural progression perhaps from the Google Books project.[45]

Barnes & Noble




Google Books

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Project Gutenberg

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



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.


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


















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.


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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[84] 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)





External Links

NEGATIVE reviews of Amazon Kindle Unlimited (Prime for Books): (consumer-side negative review)

POSITIVE reviews of Amazon Kindle Unlimited (Prime for Books): (consumer-side positive review)


  1. wikipedia: Ebook_reader#Supported_File_Formats
  2. Comparison of e-book formats:
  3. The Different Ebook Formats Explained - EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More:
  4. Ebook Cover Design and Optimum Size Specifications for Amazon, Kindle, B&N, Nook, iBookstore, and iPad Formats:
  5. wikipedia: ISBN
  6. How to edit a PDF:
  7. Is it possible to edit a PDF file directly?:
  8. How to view and edit the code of a PDF file:
  9. ePub format:
  10. Build a digital book with EPUB:
  11. ePub 3.0 content:
  12. Library of Congress -- Electronic Publication (EPUB) file format: | 3.0 | 3.2
  13. Learning about EPUB - structure & content:
  14. All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore:
  15. .epub eBooks Tutorial:
  16. EPUB Overview:
  17. Improve the Quality of ePub eBooks with Sigil:
  18. How to Parse an ePub File for iOS:
  19. iPad Tutorial - How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks:
  20. The ePUB Format for E-Books – Everything You Wanted to Know:
  21. Creating an accessible EPUB:
  22. What Is an EPUB File (and How Do I Open One)?:
  23. epubcheck - Validation tool for EPUB:
  24. iLife Tutorial – Create an iPad compatible eBook with Sigil :
  25. iBooks Author vs. ePub Author:
  26. wikipedia: Mobipocket
  27. Library of Congress -- Mobipocket file format:
  28. Mobi to PDF – How to Convert a Mobi File Extension In Browser or From the Command Line:
  29. EPUB vs. MOBI vs. PDF -- Which Book Format Should You Use?:
  30. Libmobi - C library for ".mobi": (handling Mobipocket/Kindle (MOBI) ebook format documents)
  31. All About MOBI Files:
  32. What Is a MOBI File (and How Do I Open One)?:
  33. EPUB vs mobi - Is Amazon's mobi Format Now Dead?:
  34. Amazon Kindle - (GPL) source code modules:
  35. Introducing Amazon Kindle:
  36. wikipedia: PostScript
  37. wikipedia: TeX
  38. TeX user group:
  39. wikipedia: TeX
  40. Sort References by Order of Appearance with LaTeX/BibTeX:
  41. wikipedia: Fire OS
  42. Amazon unveils new incentives for Appstore developers:
  43. An Apple online bookstore in the works?:
  44. wikipedia: iBooks
  45. Google jumps on the online bookstore bandwagon:
  46. wikipedia: Google Books
  47. wikipedia: Google Books Library Project
  48. Gutenberg Feeds & RDF/XML:
  49. Gutenberg Project - instructions for Robots:
  50. EXAMPLE - Sheet Music compositions: (project halted)
  51. List Price Requirements:
  52. Amazon Direct Publishing Royalty options:
  53. Royalty Calculator:
  54. Google Announces Book Search APIs:
  55. The New York Times Releases Best Sellers API:
  56. Amazon's Cloud Reader: Beginning of the HTML5 surge vs. Apple's App Store vig:
  57. WebGear - a web reader for Sony E-Reader:
  58. Kobo - new Sony E-Reader users' Digital Bookstore:
  59. Sony E-Reader archive page:
  60. Sony PRS-T3S e-Reader Review:
  61. Download library books on a Sony E-Reader:
  62. Download eBooks to your Sony E-Reader:
  63. Best applications for using your BlackBerry PlayBook as an eReader!:
  64. E-Reader App for legacy BlackBerry versions:
  65. Accepted Solution Using Playbook as an EReader. Please Help!:
  66. RIM Unveils Its New 4G BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet:
  67. BlackBerry PlayBook price now $299 for all models:
  68. PlayBook specs:
  69. Four Reasons to Avoid the BlackBerry PlayBook:
  70. 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook being discontinued. Stay calm, 32GB/64GB models still available:
  71. Top Books on iTunes Charts (by sales volume):
  72. Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad -- Which e-book reader should you buy?:
  73. iPad Mini:
  74. Why and when the iPad is the best e-reader:
  75. Apple iPad Showdown -- Battle of the eReader Apps:
  76. Hands-on -- The Apple iPad as e-book reader:
  77. The Best E-Reader for Android is now Google's own app:
  78. The best reading apps for Android:
  79. Benefits of an E-Reader for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
  80. wikipedia: AudioGO (former spin-off/partner of BBC, BBC audio assets sold off to Random House, all other non-BBC assets sold off to Amazon's Audible)
  81. AudioGO's assets sold off to Amazon's Audible and RandomHouse:
  82. Top 10 Free Audiobook sites:
  83. How To Maximize Your Audiobook Listening Experience:
  84. How much is a promoted Tweet?:
  85. Tips for Promoting a Book Online:
  86. Promoting Your Book Online:
  87. 5 rules to sell thousands of copies of your ebook:
  88. Rakuten to Acquire OverDrive for $410 Million:
  89. OverDrive Announces Agreement for Acquisition by Rakuten:
  90. How to open eBooks and audiobooks downloaded using Safari on a Mac:
  91. Getting started with Overdrive on a Windows computer:
  92. 10 Best Websites For Free Audio Books:
  93. 15 great websites for free audiobooks :
  94. wikipedia: OpenLibrary
  95. Kindai Digital Library 近代デジタルライブラリ:近代デジタルライブラリ/
  96. Self Publishing on Amazon:
  97. How to create Flash Flipping Book for free:
  98. Responsive magazine using Turn.js:
  99. wikipedia: Kurt_Vonnegutt#Self-assessment
  101. Selling My eBook on Amazon:
  102. Case Study - Page Flip Effect from
  103. How to Record Excellent Audio Books:

See Also

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