eBook Education: Know Your Formats

Self-publish an eBook

Hey there remarkable author. Want your titles to reach even more readers?  Today’s lesson: Know your eBook formats.

PDF, LIT, BBEB, EPUB.  There are literally dozens of different file formats able to be assigned to the end of your would-be eBook.  All the buzz these days seems to be mostly about EPUBs, and for good reason.  EPUBs are currently the most universally accepted file format for e-reader devices.  Want to sell on the iPad?  EPUB!  Want to sell on the NOOK? EPUB!   You can turn a Word doc into an EPUB using Lulu’s EPUB Converter in minutes, but don’t just stop there.  While most e-reader devices accept EPUBs, some eBook tech mainly accept proprietary file formats so keeping up on tech trends can go a long way in getting your content out to the most customers.

Lulu author Stephen Stark puts it best:  “eBooks are not the future of publishing.  They are the present.”  And right he is.  Any author today would do well to study up on all the different eBook formats and offer their titles in as many mediums as possible.  EPUBs might be the bees knees right now, but that doesn’t mean another format won’t come along.  These days, you never know how your next big fan might discover your works, so making your content as accessible as possible is the name of the game.  The less your limit your titles to just one format or medium, the easier you make it on your readers to purchase and can avoid losing sales just because you didn’t offer your book the way they wanted.

For more info on how to create an eBook of your own, check out our handy youtube channel – updated with new how-to videos all the time such as How To Publish an eBook with the Best Table of Contents.

Happy selling Lulu author!

 

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3 Comments

  1. Some time ago, you removed the capability to sell media files through Lulu. I’d been selling short videos. You said I should put them in ePub files; well, you don’t support video in ePub. (This is what your tech support people told me.) So, based on other suggestions, I’ve created Adobe PDFs with the videos embedded. These do NOT work with Adobe Digital Editions, yet you tell people to use that software to view them in the store. I have also had Macintosh users complain about not being able to view them. So, I have now put a disclaimer up that reads: “Important Note about the Videos! The videos are in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, and contain embedded Windows Media Files (wmf format). These will not play in Adobe Digital Editions – use Adobe Acrobat Reader instead. Also, if you are using an Apple device, you will need a Windows Media player installed to do so. If you have problems, get a refund from Lulu.”

    If you can give me any assistance on this matter, it’d be much appreciated.

  2. E book is an important update version of learning and day by day it has become more popular among students as well as professional persons.But most of the people don’t know about format of e book. I discoverer here some important format of e book that is very essential for us. Thanks a lot for this post

  3. E-books are very helpful students. One can literally learn anything if he knows where to find the proper e-books on the subject.

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