Have you been thinking of adding an eBook to your list of blogging freebies, but aren’t sure where to begin? These easy eBook design tips are for you! I recently finished designing an eBook for my freebie list, an eBook about blog-enhancing media tools, and learned a few tips along the way. Maybe the lessons I learned will save you some time.
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Choose a Program to Use to Write Your eBook
When you are choosing a program to use to write your eBook, you should choose one that is easy to use and will convert to a pdf (portable document format) document. One reason you want to convert your eBook to pdf form is that pdf documents are not easily changed. Another reason to convert your finished project to a pdf is that most devices are able to read pdf documents. One free program that offers the ability to save documents in pdf form is Canva, which many bloggers are familiar with. However, Canva is not easy to use when typing page after page of information.
Another program used by many bloggers is Microsoft Word or Publisher. You could also use Google Docs for the main body of your book. I ended up designing my book cover in Canva, inserting it into Publisher, then typing the rest of my eBook in Publisher before converting it to a pdf. There is more information about pdf conversion a few paragraphs on.
No Time to Format Your eBook? Purchase a PLR Template
If you are short on time and want to have the formatting already done for you, consider purchasing a PLR (Private Label Rights) eBook template. The formatting, such as the table of contents, copyright page, page numbers and other items are already set up. You will just need to add your own content and market under your own brand. One great source is the IDPLR site. You can save tons of time this way.
Choose Your Fonts Carefully
For my first draft of my eBook, I chose a fun font called Ravie for the title and page headings. My expert proofreader, Wendy Wallace from the One Exceptional Life blog, could not read that font well on her phone. I really appreciated her feedback. When I was revising my font style, I read somewhere that an eBook should not contain two different sans serif fonts or two different serif fonts, but it would be okay to have one serif and one sans serif font in the same eBook. I ended up choosing the serif font Georgia for the body text, and Arial Black, a sans serif font, for the title and page headings.
Use High-Quality Images
When I was reading online tips about creating an eBook, I learned about the need for professional-looking images. I wanted to have each media tool represented on my cover, so I first used the free Layout app to create a collage of the screenshots of icons. Then I turned once again to Canva for the cover design and background image to place at the top of each page, for consistency. If you want to find an image that hasn’t been overused, try DepositPhotos from AppSumo. They often have great deals on image packages.
Have Someone Proofread Your Work
After I finished my first draft, I had a friend whom I met through blogging, Wendy, proofread my work. It was so kind of her to take time out from her busy blogging schedule to read through my writing. She gave excellent feedback about the fonts I used, the links not working, and was very helpful. Since she does most of her work on her phone, that’s the device she used to proofread. I had done all of my proofreading on a laptop, so it was very informative to get the perspective of a person who would read the eBook using a phone. Taking Wendy’s comments into consideration, I made some revisions and worked out the glitches.
Convert Your eBook to a PDF Document
Publications created with Publisher, Word, Google Docs or another word processing program will convert to pdf format. You just need to have an Adobe pdf creator program or app installed on your computer or other device. If you don’t have a pdf creator installed, there are some free web versions and free apps available. The pdf creator with the most features, from Adobe, is not free, but you can get a free trial. For the purpose of publishing an eBook, the main feature I needed was the ability to convert my hyperlinks to pdf form and still have the links work. The first time I used Microsoft print to pdf, because it was in my printer menu. The links did not work. Then I tried the Export option in Publisher, and was able to export my publication to pdf form and include the hyperlinks.
Share Your Work
After the eBook was complete, I created a campaign in my free MailChimp account to let my blog subscribers have the first peek. I didn’t stop with just one eBook. If you like easy recipes, you might be interested in my latest publication, The Best of FluxingWell Cookbook. If you like what you’ve read today, and you become a subscriber , you will have insider access to the resource library where my eBooks are available for you to use as you wish.
Thanks for reading this post. I hope you’ve found these easy eBook design tips to be helpful. How do you envision eBooks in your future? If you would like thoughts or feedback about your ideas, please let me know. Happy writing and publishing!