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Publish, market, and sell your own e-book Although creating an e-book seems fairly straightforward, it is not. You need to select and create a variety of formats that will be read on a variety of e-reader devices--and market and sell your book in a variety of ways. Before you take the plunge, get this practical guide. With clear instruction and sensible advice, it will hel ...more
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Published August 24th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published August 13th 2012)
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Bill99
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have considered writing a book or a story or article and then publishing it digitally, here's your book. I highly recommend getting it and reading it cover to cover. It could very well expand your horizons to consider the possibilities. You could easily get quite excited about those possibilities.

.Pdf's, Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing, print on demand--those and other ways of getting your words out there have opened a door that was quite hard to get through in times past. There is n
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Clifford
My mistake, I suppose, but I assumed this book would be about the aspects of publishing that are unique to eBooks. While these things are covered, more or less, a significant amount of space is devoted to matters any writer should be familiar with already--the actual writing of a book, the importance of editing, etc. At times, too, the book reads like a tutorial on Microsoft Word, which one can get--in more detail--elsewhere. Similarly, the marketing of an eBook isn't much different from the mar ...more
jamesjohn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ali is friendly and complete, and you can start anywhere you need to. The beginning of the book is for people who haven't written their first word and need to get going. If you already have something you want to publish, start reading a bit farther in. After you've gotten things rolling (you're published!), you'll want to pop through the later material to fine tune what you're doing. This is a very complete book. The only downside is that it's seven years old.

I had been stressing about whether t
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Erik
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Terrible and stupid advice given by the author Ali Luke. I bought a hardcopy of this guide book and threw it away after just reading 3 chapters. What a waste of money! Fortunately I got this book at a huge discount so not much monetary loss for me. This author thinks she can hoodwink her readers by giving a little good advice on one side and lots of ill advice on the other side assuming that readers can't tell what she's doing. Shame on this author for her ill intentions. I recommend people not ...more
Louise
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very useful book on e-book publishing, that showed me the basics before I did a longer, more involved course. I needed a quick guide and found this one friendly, down-to-earth and practical.
Madeline
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very informative and detailed. Goes through not only ebook publishing process but also the marketing and editing side, software that can assist with converting files and designing covers. Definitely recommend this for potential writers.
Michael Harston
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on getting your ebook published

Look great book on getting your book published and how to market your book. Do not think it is for writers who are not into self publishing.
Ralf Zimmermann
I am in the process of finishing my first book. What will be a comic book. So I am already thinking of the publishing. I read long time ago something about the e books etc and I knew it is possible but somehow it was still a mystery to me. This book did it all for me. It was like an eye opener. It is simple and enjoyable to read and pretty straight forward. If you want to publish than this is your bible that will tell you the ins and outs. But more than that it also will go in to the related top ...more
Chris Aldrich
I wish I had learned more that I didn't already know here (note: I've worked for over two decades in the entertainment business and have a significant background in the internet space), but this is a reasonable overview book for the complete beginner that's very clear and straightforward with a reasonable number of examples that are easy to follow.

There's a lot of subtlety left out in the rapidly shifting marketplace, particularly as it relates to the politics of what is happening as the publish
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David Roberts
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book I read to research this post was Publishing E-books for Dummies by Ali Luke which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This is quite an interesting subject which I may do more posts about but in the meantime I have done related posts on things like blogging & social media on my computing blog at http://scratbag.me Anyway let's look at the subject in hand. A lot of people give away ebooks which is a viable option as it at least gets your name well known. A lot of authors give ...more
Robert Day
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knowledge, writing
Read this book if you are in the throes, or have just finished writing a book (fiction or fact) that you are considering turning into an e-book. It'll hold your hand gently yet firmly, and guide you through the next stages.

The advice given is bang up to date and right on the nose - all the latest systems and interfaces are described faithfully and accurately so it was easy for me to sign up for a brand new Kindle Direct Publishing account, a spanking new Wordpress website and blog and it subsequ
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Jack
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a technical writer, I have been busy writing technical stuff, and creating art, that I allowed the e-book scene to (partially) bi-pass me. Now, I have an historical fiction title in the works (The Journal of Rudd) - and some shorts on Africa, apartheid and all that - just sitting on my hard-drive.

Then... one gorgeous Arizona day, a few weeks ago, I was browsing the local library - to stay cool - and happened on Ali Luke's Publishing e-Books for Dummies.

THANK YOU Ali Luke! A whole new vista ha
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Lacey Louwagie
I found this book to be superior to APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. How to Publish a Book as a handbook for self-publishing, and it was indispensable as I worked on the release of Rumpled, especially in the technical aspects of preparing a clean and professional file. Like most "for dummies" or "idiot's guide" books, this one is not necessarily compelling reading if you're going to sit down and read it straight through, but it offers valuable and easy-to-follow instructions for various asp ...more
Frank McAdam
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had already read Publishing E-Books for Dummies by Ali Luke early last year when first planning to publish a novel online. I was then at work on another piece of fiction with which I have since grown dissatisfied and decided to shelve. At that time, however, I found Luke's book extremely informative and so decided to reread it in its entirety when recently preparing my novel New York Sonata for placement on Amazon.

In spite of its obnoxious title (how I loathe paying money to a publisher that r
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Kayla Marie
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those great books that you don't have to sit down and read from cover to cover, although you can do that also! The sections are separated in a way that you can skip to the ones that are the most helpful for you and go back to them later when you need them. This book contains a lot of information for people who are publishing their first book as well as seasoned authors who are looking for tips to sell more copies of their self-published books. The information provided can also be ...more
Tyshawn Knight
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent and reading it has been a jump start to my writing career. This is the book that explained to me the proper way in which I could use www.goodreads.com to market my books. Previously I thought of goodreads as a fun site to keep track of my reading and to discover books to read. Now I plan to use goodreads to promote my writing.

I am not sure if I will venture into the world of e-books. I am old fashioned and like the feel of pages in my hand. I may stick to publishing actua
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Karl
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a superb book to assist you on you road to putting together, and selling, your Ebook.

Having self-published a print book many years ago, I new a little about the process; however, there are a lot of nuances that can trip you up when you try to produce your E-book even if you have a handle on traditional publishing. As an example, one of the biggest issues arises with formatting during the conversion process from your original document into one of the E-book formats. If you do it incorrec
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Ana
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Peple considering e-publishing

This is a good book for people thinking about e-publishing, but who know nothing or very little about it. Those who haven't been following other self-published author's for a while. For those people, this is a very complete book with good advice and clear instructions.
I, on the other hand have been following the work and advices of self-pulished authors for a while and therefore I find that this book adds very little to that.

Still, it's a good book with sound advice. The only thing I found miss
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Lance Carney
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this e-book after looking at the many on publishing e-books and I wasn't disappointed. Even though many areas were new to me, I followed the applicable chapters line by line. I used Paint.net to create my own e-book cover and I was quite pleased. Word was used to write my e-book using the formatting tips in the book and then I converted the file for Kindle following the steps outlined. It took a few tries to get it the way I wanted it to look and each time I just went back to the chapte ...more
Fey Truet
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a tremendous help to me. If you're an unpublished author and want to publish--but don't know whether you should step left or right--then consider letting Ali Luke lead you out of the ignorance of having no direction.

Basically, she's been there and done that, and the one who has had no experience that has experienced is probably the one you should listen to. Luke takes us step-by-step through self-publishing as she knows it. She gives us helpful sites, hints, and must know kno
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Marco Bitetto
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only Windows based PC users...
Recommended to Marco by: A Friend
This is a well written book that introduces the novice
writer to the arena of E-Book indie publishing...
This book is reasonably well written; but, most of the
book is geared to writers that make use of a Windows
based PC...
This is in spite of the fact that Microsoft itself has
admitted that its operating system is becoming extinct.
If the author of this book was really wanting to make
the book pertinent then he should have geared the book
to those users of Mac OS-X and Linux based operating
systems and
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Katy Kauffman
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was most helpful to me for marketing e-books, and the principles apply to a book in print as well. It helps you to know how to format your book in Word before making it a MOBI or EPUB file. In Chapter 8 it shows you how to make those files with Calibre. I was hoping for InDesign. It also tells you how to make an e-book using a PDF file or how to make one with iBooks Author. The author's voice is conversational and easy to follow. ...more
Sonya
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publishing
As is all Dummie books, this one covers it all in a simple and concise manner. The step-by-step process of even signing up to Goodreads author page is given for those technically challenged.

Options when choices are available are given, but encouragement to do what you can is enforced rather than pay someone else to do it.

The book will take your e-book from writing to the reader in all its various ebook forms.

Helpful, basic, encouraging, a good resource.
Katarina West
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rarely has a book been so well worn, food-stained and underlined as Ali Luke's "Publishing E-Books for Dummies", and that's because it is such a treasure trove on e-publishing. I bought it to get an overall view on the topic, and the book more than satisfied my expectations. There's plenty of technical, computer-related information, names, tips and addresses. Extensive, carefully studied and user-friendly. ...more
T.A. Uner
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-a-uner-s-shelf
A great book for all you budding independent writers just itching to get published. I read this before I embarked on my self-publishing career and it was filled with just about every scenario you may encounter when just starting out.

This book doesn't cover everything, though. The mistakes you make on your own, if you learn from them, may prove invaluable down the road.
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Tltshay
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
If it were not for this book I would not have published my first book and ebook of poems, Shadows on lulu.com. It gave me some needed resources and some valuable tidbits here and there, which was all I needed
Bella Swann
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely the most helpful book I have found on how to publish E-books. I have saved it as a resource book and use it as my go-to guide for when I want to double-check how to do many, many things related to e-publishing. I have also recommended it to several writers I know as a keeper.
Elissa Anne
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential for those who do not know how to ebook publish. This book has made my life easier and saved me money!! It also gives advice about marketing and a broad variety of things, so it really is extremely helpful for do-it-yourself authors like me!
Arlene Mobley
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be one of the best resource a first time ebook publisher could read. It explains each step of publishing in a way that is not confusing for some one who is taking the leap into self publishing for the first time.
Kathleen Rainwater
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Gets right to the point on how to format your book for difference devices; how to publish on different platforms; and how to sell and market your book (very important.
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Ali Luke loves writing (and reading!) fast-paced novels with a touch of the supernatural. While writing, she likes to listen to Metallica and drink hot chocolate. When she's not writing, she reads pretty much anything she can get her hands on, cross-stitches occasionally, and plays board games / card games (Dominion and Eight-Minute Empire are current favourites).

She lives in Leeds in the UK with
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