Kiteman knows a secret!

Instructables is going back into the publishing business!

OK, so it's not much of a secret, what with a bunch of people getting emails about their projects going into them, but individual comments are building into a bigger picture: Instructables is following up The Book with a bunch of eBooks - a BIG bunch of eBooks.

I don't know the titles, yet, but there are going to be... (counts on fingers, runs out) more than several (in aPub format, maybe Kindle too?). 

Did you get an email?  Are you going to be in one of them?

If you find out a theme or title, add a comment.

Can we work out what they all are before The Powers That Be let us know officially?

Oh, and get this - at least some of the several will be free for pro members to download!  Now there's even more of a reason to post a cool project that could get freatured - a helping of free pro-ness would come with a side-order of eBookiness!

(K'NEX?  Surely not?)

Yes!  They're on the Kindle!





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tato3126 years ago
Im on DIY Rocketry!
Kiteman (author)  tato3126 years ago
You're in one of the eBooks? Cool - that means you'll get a free copy as well.
tato312 Kiteman6 years ago
although im having a hard time trying to open it, they send me a link, so I downloaded the free copy and open it with Stanza, but it displays only text, not a single image or color, is that normal or should I download another ePub friendly reader?
Kiteman (author)  tato3126 years ago
I'd try Calibre, since the team have already checked that it works.

tato312 Kiteman6 years ago
yup :)
I'm going to be in Easy Vegetarian Recipes.
You can download a free Kindle reader from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download

Works fine for me on my PC, used it to check my books I just put on the Kindle store.

Conversion is a pain sometimes, but from experience I can tell you that you must convert your word document to HTML by saving a copy of it as a 'Web Page-Filtered', then you can convert it with the Mobicreator program into a Kindle ready book.
Your cover MUST be a .JPG file and then converted to a PDF file BEFORE you add it during the Mobicrator 'build' process. Your cover MUST be at least 500 pixels high or it will not load properly. (You can get a free cover template off lulu.com for the size book you want to use. I've 38 books there and its another easy site to use.) Use photoshop to make the proper sized and laid out cover and save as a photoshop PDF.

Here are some serious requirements for your book that you have to use of the Mobi book will NOT come out well at all.

Word is a great tool to use because it’s extremely easy to format. We suggest writing your book in Word or converting an existing source file into Word (.doc) format before continuing. Remember these important tips below to ensure an excellent eBook presentation.

* File Format: Save your content in .doc format, not .rtf or .docx (which don’t translate well to Kindle.) Save your work periodically as you make changes to ensure all changes are recorded.

* Layout: Use indentations, bold characters, italics and headings, as they will translate into your Kindle book. However, bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers will not be transferred so avoid those.

* Page Breaks: Enter a page break at the end of every chapter to prevent the text from running together. To insert a page break in MS Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."

* Image Placement: Images should be inserted in .jpeg format with center alignment (don’t copy and paste from another source). Select “Insert” > “Picture” > locate and select file. Although the Kindle device can display images, it has a grey scale electronic interface so image heavy books are better viewed on color-supported devices such as iPad, iPod, PC, and Mac.

* Spellcheck and Grammar: This tool is always your friend to ensure a professional presentation free of typos. Use this tool, but also manually proofread your file to ensure no errors are missed by the automated checker.

Creating front matter
Once you’re comfortable with your book content in Word, the next step is to modify the layout. Front matter is the beginning pages of a book, which may include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum.

Go to the following link at Amazon DTP and learn the tricks and tips before you go crazy trying to make it work!!!

http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry!default.jspa?categoryID=7&externalID=553&fromSearchPage=true

Join Amazon DTP, (Its free) and it opens a host of doors to you. Take time and you will learn how, and have some fun along the way.
*Cough*....I sense an invocation of Kiteman's Law. I can see at least three, maybe four steps, there. And lots of opportunity for images (examples, screenshots, whatever).
Kiteman (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
True.
Kiteman (author)  trike road poet7 years ago
Thanks for all that!
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