A Boy
A boy so few who knew he grew so seldom recalled his name
A boy who wept but never kept a grudge or felt inane
This boy who was the product of an unhealthy tainted shru
Found he grew to soon by blue and undelighted pain

And so this boy a broken toy amongst a cruel bunch
Lived alone in this world we’ve known never expecting much.

Media Mink
I’m a Media Mink; dipped in the Ink of what the press tells you to think.
That's me, a tabloid’s whore. The smut on the page you love to abhor.
I’m just another fiction, a distraction too brief.
The weathered velvet curtain behind a beautiful motif.
Though I might be soft lit, powdered, and glitter like gold, I am still the propaganda that devours you, your thoughts, your soul.
I am whats been spoken, what has been read, the things you’ve seen, and all else they embed.
I am the black and white movie on your color T.V.
I am the Media Mink, no matter how I disagree.

Publishing illustrated eBooks from InDesign & Word
Publishing illustrated eBooks from InDesign & Word

A step-by-step guide
By: Katelynn Grace

In a perfect world we could create an eBook with ease. It would be compatible for any and all devices with a single export and cost absolutely nothing along the way. Sadly this world is far from perfect, and that isn’t the case.
What I aim to accomplish in this little ‘How to manual’ is cover the different ways in which to publish an illustrated eBook, emphasis on ‘illustrated’. This is because illustrated books are considerably more complex and expensive to deliver to digital devices than straight text books. Reason: Have you seen all the different sized screens Apple has out there these days? The 10-inch iPad vs. the 4-inch iPhone. Seriously, that cuts the viewing area down more than 50%! If done improperly you will have text too small on one then ludicrously large on the other. Absurd! And don’t even get me started on all those fancy fonts and sizes, extra spaces, double indents, the concept of a page with page numbers, headers, and footers – Oh my goodness, this stuff will trip you up. So sad considering that’s what makes it look so great in the first place. That’s why your best bet for Apple products is to do a ‘Fixed Layout’, but I’m getting ahead of myself aren’t I. Lets take a step back, because there are some things we need to consider before jumping into the icy waters of self-publishing:

First thing you need to know is that the top three companies competing in the electronic reader world are: Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel (90%).
Apple strictly uses EPUB, Barnes & Nobel uses EPUB and MOBI, while Amazon works with PDF’s.

+ Amazon can also create an eBook straight from your Word doc. upload.

Moral of the story, figure out what your needs are, and what readers you want to target (Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). If you did your layout in InDesign or Word,and know you want to export it to EPUB or PDF I can help. That’s what this little ‘how to’ is all about.

For more ‘How to’, ‘step-by-step guides’ or ‘general tips’ please follow my blog at: www.Katelynngrace.wordpress.com
I also take suggestions, so if there is anything you’re curious or struggling with post a comment or send an e-mail to Katelynngrace@gmail.com and I’ll get on it.

Good luck writers! And may the pen be forever in your favor.

Chapter One:
Exporting as EPUB with CircularFlow
To create an Illustrated E-book that is iPad and iPhone compatible we will be using a program called CircularFlo, an Apple owned program that is absolutely amazing! You can get your free 30-day trial at: http://www.circularsoftware.com/download/ but are limited to 10 pages. The program costs $199 here in the states so if you’re going to be publishing a hefty sum of eBooks I recommend it. Otherwise it’s not necessary. There are other ways.
If you’re broke like me and have more than 10 pages to publish the next chapter is for you. Sadly, you wont be able to have as much creative control, but it gets the job done.

1. Have a story
2. Create your illustrations and layout in InDesign
3. CirculalFlow requires a single ‘book’ to be open in InDesign.
A. Even if the entire design is a InDesign Document it still needs to be added to an InDesign book (including cover).

4. InDesign Books are fairly simple to use, but a feature that might cause problems is the ‘Automatically Update Page & Section Numbers’ option in the ‘Book Page Numbering Options’ tab. To switch this off follow the diagram on the next page:

+ The pages will be exported in the order they appear in InDesign, but CircularFlow
will warn you if there are any duplicates. Still keep your eyes open.
+ Your EPUB file will be named after your InDesign book, but can be edited in iTunes or
when uploading to an iBook store.

5. Now that you have your InDesign book ready to go launch CircularFlow.
A. It helps if you don’t have other programs open.
6. Once CircularFlow is open click ‘Create Fixed-Layout EPUB’
7. Now go grab yourself a nice cup of joe, cause all you’ve got to do is chill and wait.
A. Circle flow processes about 5 pages a minute.

Chapter Two:
Exporting as EPUB in InDesign
If you are reading this section that means that you are hoping to create an illustrated eBook for Apple products without spending any money, I feel you. It’s tough out there, especially for us starving artists. However, I’d like to mention (incase you jumped ahead instead of reading the previous chapter) that there is a very simple program you can use that will create a lovely eBook. It’s apple owned and works in unison with InDesign and has a free 30-day trial (link in previous chapter). Sadly the trial only permits you to do 10 pages.
With that said there are some things you need to know before we get into the step-by-step instructions for creating an eBook for Apple products from InDesign “FoFree”.

+ Most current e-readers do not support sophisticated layouts, graphics, or formatting.
While your document may look beautiful when you export it to PDF, exporting to EPUB or
MOBI (which is what Apple uses) often leaves you with a confusing mess.
+ The key thing you need to know is that current eBook formats don’t support page layouts.
InDesign may have gotten you used to placing images and text all over the page, overlapped
and tilted at odd angles, but for this to work your eBook needs to have all its components
(text, images, etc) inline. Or, in other words, it needs to be done in a completely linear
+ To get your book inline go through all of your floating elements, boxes, and images, select
each one, cut, place the Text Tool’s cursor at the point in your text where you want the
element to appear, then paste. You’ll need to do this to every element of your document, so
that you end up with one continuous text that flows from page to page. If you try to export an
eBook without doing this, your floating elements will end up jumbled up all funky at the end
of your eBook file. No bueno.
+ A possible way to avoid all this rearranging is to export as a PDF then convert it to EPUB
using a free online converter: http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-epub

1. File > Export For > EPUB.
A. The automatic default settings should be fine, but feel free to play around. For a more in depth run through, with emphasis on inline arrangement and export settings, please watch Terry White’s tutorial on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS6mZaksmIs I know I found it helpful.
B. Your first page will automatically be converted into your cover.
C. InDesign does not export to MOBI, so if you need to do that use this converter: http://calibre-ebook.com/ or another of your choice, but that’s the one I like.
2. Boom! Done. Well, done exporting. Now what? Good question! On to chapter 3 we ride!

Chapter Three:
Exporting as EPUB in Word
First of all I don’t know why you’re doing an illustrated book in Word, but hey no judgement. Sometimes we have to work with what we got, and if you have is paint and Word then by-golly you’re still going to make it work! Sadly, Microsoft Word does not support EPUB, so you’ll have to use an online converter. There are tons out there, but the one I found that I like at:

If you are trying to create an EPUB that must mean that you are creating an eBook for virtually everything but Amazon. If you’re fine creating something exclusively for Amazon (which still gets your eBook out to a lot of potential buyers) you can simply upload the Word doc to their site directly or use a PDF.

Chapter Four:
Exporting as PDF from InDesign
1. File > Export
2. Specify name & location
3. For ‘Save As’ type choose Adobe PDF (Interactive) then click save.
4. Select ‘Export’
5. This box will pop up:

6. Make sure you check ‘Create Tagged PDF’
7. Click ‘Ok'
8. PDF will open automatically in Acrobat.

Chapter Five:
Exporting as PDF from Word
1. File > Save As
2. File type: PDF
3. If your version of Word doesn’t do this you can save as a normal Word doc. then use and online Word to PDF converter.

Chapter Six:

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is to a book what your Social Security number is to you. An ISBN is your ID in the book world. This thirteen-digit numeral unmistakably identifies the title, edition, binding, and publisher of a given work. The ISBN is a mandatory sales tool if you intend to make your book available in bookstores, as it provides the basis for identifying books in all industry-wide systems. Bookstores, wholesalers, and distributors keep track of books solely by their ISBNs. Since we are handling eBooks an ISBN may or may not be necessary.

If you are distributing your ebook through your personal website via download, you more than likely don’t need an ISBN, but if you plan to sell your ebook through other resellers you might.

Amazon.com does not require that you have an ISBN if you are publishing content with Kindle. The website says, “An ISBN is not required to publish content with Kindle Direct Publishing”. This is because Amazon.com will assign your eBook a 10-digit ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which is accomplishes the same thing an ISBN does, but is Kindle specific.

Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! Service also does not require you to have an ISBN. They will assign your eBook an internal 13-didgetidentifier, just like Amazon does.

Apple’s iBookstore does require that you have an ISBN for each title you intend to sell. To get an ISBN go to: www.isbn.org

Other sites, such as SmashWords, Sony, and so on, all have their own requirements. If you plan to distribute through any of them, you’ll have to check each site for instructions.

Chapter Seven:
“Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of original works of authorship.” [Reference: United States Copyright Office] However, what most people don’t know is that you do not have to register your book with the copyright office to secure copyright. Copyright is automatically secured when the work in question is created in a tangible form. In other words, any fixed piece of work (like an eBook) is automatically copyrighted.

The use of a copyright notice in your book is no longer required under United States law (Berne Convention March 1, 1989), but it is a good thing to have because it lets the public know that the work is protected under copyright laws, who the copyright owner is (you), and when the book was published. For example a Copyright would look like this: Copyright ©2013 Your Name (or company)

Personally I do the poor mans Copyright. I print a copy of my work then mail it to myself. I then keep the unopened envelope in my files just encase I encounter any problems in the future. This is handy because the post office prints the date on the exterior of the envelope.

Though registration is not required there are some advantages to doing so:
1. Registration allows the owner of the Copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service to avoid the importation of infringed copies.
2. If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration will establish the validity of the Copyright.
3. If registration is made within 3 months after the publication, any statutory damages or attorney fees will be provided for you, the Copyright holder, if any action in court takes place. Otherwise, only damages and profits will be paid.
4. For U.S. eBooks registration is required before an infringement suit can be filed in court (in other words, register before you file a lawsuit).
If you want to make it official, and register your eBook go to www.copyright.gov

Chapter Eight:
Making your eBook Public
So now that you’ve not only created a magnificent piece of literate, but also spent the time formatting, copyrighting, and such, now what?

iBookstore- Free sign up, 70% royalty. Apple does not pay publishers until they meet payment requirements and earning thresholds, which vary by territory.

Lulu- Free sign up, 90% royalty.

Amazon- Free sign up, 30-75% royalty.

Google’s eBookstore- Free sign up, 100% royalty. It has been know to have some technical problems though.

All Formats:
Payhip- Free sign up, 100% royalty- this site stores and processes payments, but it does not market your book.

Smashwords- Free sign up, 60-85% royalty. By registering, you’re entitled to free ISBNs and eBook conversion to 9 formats. It also helps you do fixed layouts, which is very helpful for illustrated eBooks.

Sony Reader- Free signup, 60% royalty. The Reader Store does not allow independent authors to publish directly. Authors and small publishers must go through an aggregator such as Smashwords.

There are many more sites out there that you can use to distribute your eBook or process payments for you if you choose to market yourself, but these are few I found that cover 90% of eReader types and have good reviews. Thanks for reading and good luck!


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