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eBook Formatting Mastery - Learn How to Format Great Looking eBooks With FREE and Premium Software

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24 Lessons (1h 59m)
    • 1. An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course

    • 2. A Look At The Major eBook Formats

    • 3. A Word About Manual Formatting

    • 4. Front Matter and Back Matter and Why They Matter !!!

    • 5. Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part One)

    • 6. Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part Two)

    • 7. Setting Up Your Back Matter in Scrivener

    • 8. Overview of Scriviner's Compile

    • 9. Installing Kindle Gen Within Scrivener

    • 10. Scrivener Compilation Options: Contents

    • 11. Scrivener Compilation Options: Separators

    • 12. Scrivener Compilation Options: Cover

    • 13. Scrivener Compilation Options: Formatting

    • 14. A Walkthrough Scrivener's Compile

    • 15. Preset Formats in Scrivener's Compile

    • 16. An Overview of FREE Software for Formatting eBooks Depending on the Genre

    • 17. A Look at the Kindle Kids' Book Creator

    • 18. An Introduction to Vellum

    • 19. Vellum Tutorial

    • 20. An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of an ePub eBook

    • 21. Validating on the ePUB Validator

    • 22. An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of a Kindle eBook

    • 23. Validating on the Kindle Previewer

    • 24. Using the Send To Kindle application

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About This Class

In eBook Formatting Mastery, you will learn how to format professional looking eBooks, in both Kindle and ePub formats, using both free and premium software which will provide your readers with an enjoyable reading experience.


Nothing cries out amateur more for a self-published author than a badly formatted book.

At its worst, bad formatting can stop the reader from finishing your ebook and may even result in bad reviews.

Even ebooks with minor formatting mistakes can result in the reader being distracted from the world that you have lovingly created and jolt them back into reality, thus spoiling their reading experience.

In this course, you will learn how to give your readers the best reading experience possible by compiling professional looking eBooks within the writing tool, Scrivener.

You will also learn how to correctly format the all-important front and back matter of your books in Scrivener, how to create children’s illustrated books in the Kindle Kids Book Creator and how to format elegantly styled eBooks within Vellum.

Finally, you will learn how to validate both ePub and Kindle formatted books and check that they render correctly on a number of different devices.

Save time, money and countless hassle formatting your ePub and Kindle eBooks

Tired of spending all that time and effort manually formatting your eBooks?

Would you like to know how I easily and effortlessly format my books into different formats for publishing on the various online eBook distributors?

You will get an over-the-shoulder, step-by-step guide to Scrivener’s powerful Compile feature, where you will learn how to correctly use the different compilation options available and create correctly formatted books in both the ePub and Mobi formats.

By the end of the course, you will be able to confidently format your ebooks so that they render correctly on different devices and ensure that your readers enjoy the perfect reading experience.

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher


A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course: nothing cries out amateur mawr for a self published author than a badly formatted book at its worst, Bad formatting can stop the reader from finishing your book and may even result in bad reviews. But even books with minor formatting mistakes can result in the reader being distracted from the world that you have lovingly created and drop them back into reality, the spoiling their reading experience. By taking this course, you will learn how to format professional looking e books that will provide your reader with an enjoyable reading experience. The course begins by looking how you can compile great looking books over a range of formats using the writing tool. Scriven. They're saving yourself valuable time and money. You will also learn how to correctly set up the all important front and back matter of your book within scrivener. And when formatted properly, your books front and back matter can provide you with an incredible marketing opportunity to cross promote your books, enticed readers to subscribe to your mailing list and even help solicit reader reviews. The course also covers a range of specialist software for creating specific types of e books for a particular genre such as the illustrated Children's book Sean. And of course, I shall also look into the option of paid software for creating some simply stunning looking evils. In the final two sections of the course, you will discover the many different ways available for checking that your formatted e book is exactly the way you want it to be, whether it is a e pub formatted book or an e book that you have formatted for use on Kindle devices. By the time you have finished this course, you will be able to confidently upload your e book toe, Amazon kobo, Apple iTunes nook, Google play and the many other on my book distributor's out there safe in the knowledge that your readers will be downloading a professional product while enjoying a wonderful reading experience. If you are an author looking to self publish a book, then this course really is for you. Whether you're looking to compile your book using scrivener, convert a manually formatted e book, create a book in a specialist format for a particular genre or format, a stunning looking e book using premium paid software. Then you should definitely enroll in this course today. Okay, so that is a brief overview of what the course entails. Feel free to check out the preview videos, and I look forward to seeing you on the inside. 2. A Look At The Major eBook Formats: okay, This video takes a look at the major e book formats that you will need to compile your content into so that it is then possible to distribute to your e book through the various online book retailers. The two formats that we are most interested in are the E pup format, which is the format required by the vast majority of book retailers such as Apple, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Oyster, Scribd and Google Play and those formats used on Kindle devices, which, of course, are the full match use for distribution through the Amazon Kindle store, which is still by far the largest e book retailer. The E Pub for Mert is a free and open e book standard, which has been designed for re floatable content. This basically means that the text could be optimized for display on a particular device, the E pub form. It is, by far and away the most supported e book standard of this type, and he's used by each of the following popular devices Barnes and Noble's Nook, the Kobo E Reader, the Sony Reader BlackBerry devices and more importantly, it is also used on the apple iBooks app running on IOS devices and the Google books at running on Android devices and get this. It is now also supported by Amazon Kindle. That's right, Katie P. Actually converts Unzipped e pub files, although Amazon does recommend validating E pup files using either the Kindle Gen software all the Kindle preview software prior to submission to KDP. Of course, Amazon also has its own format for their Kindle devices, namely the A's A W format, which is actually based upon the original Mobi format, and Amazon's new format. A Zed W three, which is better known as the K F eight or Kindle, format eight and is used in the new generation of Kindle devices such as the Kindle Fire Range. Similarly to E pub, Amazon's file formats allow re floatable, richly formatted e book content. But unlike the IPAB format, which is an open E book standard, A, Z W and K F eight are both proprietary formats. So what exactly does all this mean for us? It basically means that we only need to concern ourselves with to form at times when distributing at e books online through all of the different e book retailers that I have mentioned and many more that can be reached through e book aggregators. Such a smash words on draft a digital, which is great because it means we can concentrate out time on getting the formatting perfect. And that's ensuring that our readers have the best reading experience possible. Okay, I hope that has given you a clearer picture of the Major e Book formats. Thank you very much for listening. Bye bye. 3. A Word About Manual Formatting: There is always the option off manually formatting your e book, which can offer great control over the output, but which can also be quite tricky and time consuming. Since I discovered Scrivener, however, I've not really seen the point in manually formatting my e books anymore. I was never really a big fan of formatting inward anyway, and I just find the process in scrivener to be so smooth and easy. There was a period when I would still manually format my content inward, specifically for use in smash words meat grinder, which is their software for converting correctly formatted word files into lots of different e book formats. And I did this because word is smash words preferred format. Nowadays, though, I published directly with the main e pup distributor's and I'm using Draft a Digital as well. So now I only ever upload e pups to smash words rather than word documents. But if you do not yet own scrivener, and if you are still using words to manually full natural e books, then I suggest that you download a copy of Mark Cocoas Smash Words style guide Mark is the owner of smash words and has written a number of excellent books to do itself publishing, and his style guide is simply a must read that anyone who is contemplating manually formatting their E book. I would also recommend those of you who are manually formatting inward to download the free software Caliber, which is a great tool for converting formatted word files to e pubs dot Mobi files, A Z W threes and many, many more formats. Having said all that, my advice would be to stop writing and formatting inward, full stop and buy a copy of Scriven er. 4. Front Matter and Back Matter and Why They Matter !!!: Okay, This video is concerned with both the front matter on the back matter of your book and how we can sit this up within Scrivener prior to actually compiling your finish book into the different e book formats. So here we are within Scrivener, and this is actually the manuscript I've written for a non fiction book called Howard Carter on the Search for Tooting Car Moon. If you're not familiar with Scrivener, then basically we are viewing the document in this main window and here within this left pain, which is called the binder, other different chapters and sub chapters which make up my book. So if I click on one of these sub chapters, for example, media frenzy, this main window now shows the content that I have written for that particular sub chapter . Incidentally, chapter and sub chapters are just my personal terminology. Scrivener actually caused these folders and files for my nonfiction books. I prefer to call them chapters and sub chapters, but for my fiction books, I actually call them chapters and seems you'll notice that there is pretty much zero formatting the text. At this point. I've just written my book without worrying about fonts, styles, margins, etcetera. All I have concentrated on is creating the content. So let's say that you have written your book. It has been professionally edited. You have done a final proof read, and of course, you've had your cover designed. And now you're basically already to compile your book into an E pup and a Kindle former for distribution to the different E book retailers. Before you start setting up the formatting options within scrivener and clicking on that compile button, it is vitally important. Did you have correctly set up both the front matter on the back matter of your book? Believe me, front matter matters and back matter probably matters even more. So what do I mean by front matter on back matter? Well, simply put, front matter is everything that comes before your story begins and back. Matter is everything that comes after your story finishes. Traditionally, front matter consists of special pages in your books, such as the title page, the copyright page, a pre face of forwards, etcetera, etcetera. While the back matter should consist of certain calls to action, basically it is an opportunity for you, the author to try and direct the reader to somewhere else, which is going to be beneficial to you. In the next two lectures, I shall go into detail as to what exactly you should be putting in your front matter and your back matter and how to set it all up within Scriven. Er okay, that's all for now. Thank you for listening. 5. Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part One): Hello there. In this video, I'm going to show you how you set up the front matter of your e book within Scriven. Er we're actually looking at another off my nonfiction books in the time immemorial history book Siri's, which is about the Christmas truce of World War. Here in the main window is the unformed, matted content, and over here in the binder, other chapters on the sub chapters of my manuscript. Now, if we scroll down to the bottom of the manuscript section, you'll notice that the next section is entitled Front Matter. And this is the section where we can place all the different pages that may appear in the front of our books. As you can see, the section currently consists of three different folders. They were actually the default holders, but you can add to these and change the names of thumb as you see fit. We're actually only interested in the first of the folders entitled People, and this is basically where I have put the special pages that I would like to appear at the front of my book. Traditionally, this is where the copyright page goes. The pre face forward or an introduction. Perhaps, however, we are also going to use it as a place where we can put a call to action. So let's open the folder and see what's there. As you can see, I've also put my books cover in this folder. It doesn't really have to be there as the cover could be taken from any folder in the binder outside of the manuscript, but I like to keep it neat and tidy and in the same folder. But below the cover are the actual pages that may be included within the front matter. I say, Maybe included has actually, when we come to compile the book later on were given the choice of exactly which pages we want to include in a particular book, and I will show you what I mean by that later on in this video. So as you can see, the first page is the title page of the book, and if we click on that, we can see that this will be the very first page of our E book. Now you probably noticed straightaway something different about this page than the other ones within the manuscript. Let's go back here for a bit and look at the text. It is unformed, matted, but the text in this title page has been formatted. If you look at the UN formatted text again, you'll see in the inspector books here on the right 10 side. But compile Aziz has not been ticked, and this is the default setting because all of this text here and in the rest of the manuscript will be formatted. When we compiled the book into whatever form that we choose, however, I would like this particular page to appear exactly as I have set it up here. I want the text centered on. I want it in a particular phone with certain parts in a bold front and other parts in a normal home, which means I have to tell Scriven in this by taking on the box. Compile as is as you can see, as well as the formatted text I've also included the time school logo is an image which I have resized incented, and here is a hyper link that links through to my author website Time School. Now this link is not really a strong call to action, but some inquisitive readers are bound ticket through. They're interested in finding out more about my book and about me. The also the real core traction, though, will come a little later on in the front matter. Now I would like to call your attention to the next page in the front matter Holder, which, you can see is called Title Smash Words. This page is basically the same as the first, except for the fact that it has the words smash words edition included within the text. This is because smash words require this text to be included within the copyright page of a book that is distributed by, And You will notice that my copyright page for both the smash words and non smash words versions has been incorporated within the title pages. This has been done quite deliberately, by me. In order to save space, I wanted to squeeze the title page on the copyright page into a single page, and I shall explain why present so effectively have two title pages in the able, colder one smash words one on one regular one. But as I said before, when it comes time to compile my book, I could just choose the page I want based on whether I am formatting a book for smash words or no, I'll show you what I mean. Now, if we go to Scrivens, compile feature, and we can do that by clicking on either file and then scrolling down to compile at the bottom there. Or we can click on the compile icon here on the tool bar, like so, and I just want to specifically show you how one can choose what pages appear within the front matter. So if we look down here at the bottom, you will see that you can and front matter just by taking on that cheque books on. Then you are able to choose which folder you want, depending on the formats you're compiling to. So, for example, here is the paperback novel Holder. But obviously we're interested in the E book folder. Once the e book folder has been selected, you will see the pages within that solder at the top here, and then it's just a case of ticking or unticketed the pages that you require to be compiled. So here, for example, you can see that the smash words version of the title page has been left untech for this particular book. But that could be reversed. Like so if we were compiling a book for smash words. Okay, that's the end of part one of this video on front matter within Scrivener. I look forward to seeing you in part two. Thank you very much. 6. Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part Two): Okay, so welcome back to part two of this video in front matter within Scrivener. We're back here in the binder and you'll see that the next two pages I have in my front matter folder are a fool would and the pre face before word has Bean, written by the co author of the book Dr Tara Tempus. And as you can see, she actually wrote this in the year 2 to 64 I'll say that again. July in the year 22 64. I shall read it to you. Dear reader. Although I had studied World War One in quite some detail during my fifth year, a time immemorial high, I was not aware of any Christmas truce until I actually saw it happen with my own eyes. Those of you who have followed my travels through time will, of course, know that it was actually my first trip using a time band. And it is certainly inventing history that has fascinated me ever since. Those of you who are less familiar with my early days as a time traveler are able to read about my exploits in 1914 through a fictionalized account by David James Ought in his book Time School, which on the whole is a faithful interpretation of what took place. The book that you are about to read, however, is in no way a work of fiction. I have painstakingly researched the events leading up to and following the Christmas truce , as well as commentaries and reports in the media, up to and including the Centenary in 2014. David then used this same research to write this book and also to create an online history course entitled World War. The Christmas Truce of 1914 which is definitely worth checking out, especially as readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the regular price. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors of World War One, I believe it's just a Zim Porton to remember those wonderful moments in history where, despite overwhelming odds, man's humanity is able to shine, even if it is only for a fleeting moment and in particular, a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensibly noted, We should marvel at this one human episode amid all the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war. Yours throughout time Dr Tara Tempus. So this forward achieves a number of things. I hope it should be intriguing to the reader that the co author is from the future and is a time traveler. It also introduces the reader to two more products written by May, namely Time School, which is a work of fiction and also a premium online course based on the nonfiction book that they are reading. Finally, it sets up the court action with the words, which is definitely worth checking out, especially as readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the regular price after the Ford comes The Pre Face, which is written by yours truly and is basically an introduction to the book. But the final couple of paragraphs again refer to the upcoming call to action. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for purchasing the real story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, and I hope that you find a book both enjoyable and educational. You might also be interested in checking out World War One, the Christmas Truce of 1914 which is a brand new online course that I recently put together . Please note that the readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the price of the course. So there are already two mentions of the call to action before we get to the final page in the front matter, which is the exclusive offer page here, you can see that I've presented the reader with a choice. They can either purchase the $97 course for the special price of $7. Hey, they can sign up to the time school mailing list and get the course for free now. I chose this particular book as an example, as I have just recently published the book on Amazon and I wanted to show you why I was so intent on squeezing the title page in the copyright page together on a single page. So let's go to Amazon, and hopefully it will soon become clear. Okay, here we are on Amazon's home page, And if we click on Kindle books in the drop down and type in Christmas truce, Ah huh, that's what we want. Impressed the search. I come. Okay, here's my book. So we shall click on that. So here you can see the sales page from my book, and it is Amazon's look inside feature that I'm interested in showing you now. Amazon shows 10% of the content of the book within the look inside feature so that your potential reader gets to preview your book now. First of all, it is very important to include as much content as possible within this 10% so that the reader can make a better informed decision as to whether or not the book is something they would like to buy. So with a fiction book, I would advise against a Table of Contents dedication page on a separate title on copyright page and basically get to the story as quickly as possible. But with a nonfiction book, obviously a table of contents is far more relevant. And perhaps a synopsis or an introduction to what the book is about can also be very effective on. I believe that is what I achieved with the forward and the pre face for this particular book. So let's have a look at what potential readers see when they look inside the Christmas truce book. Obviously, they see the book's cover the title page, The Forward by Dr Tara tempers the pre face by me and then the call to action. And then they see the whole of the first sub chapter, a powder keg waiting to explode, which actually ends with a did, you know, feature. So the reader is getting an idea of the type of content that will be included within the book. But let's scroll back up here a bit. Remember, the potential reader is just browsing on Amazon. At the moment, they haven't actually bought the book it, but here is a live link through to my off the website. And more importantly, there are live links to both of the main cause. Toe action. The potential reader can click here and get a $97 course for $7 without actually buying the book. Hey, the reader can even get the course for free by clicking here and then by entering their email on name to join the time school mailing list. Okay, I hope that's giving you a good idea of what a powerful marketing device the front matter of your book can be and how you are able to easily set this up within Scriven. Er, thank you very much for listening. Bye. For now, 7. Setting Up Your Back Matter in Scrivener: this video is all about setting up your books. Back matter. As you can see, I'm here in Scrivener within my nonfiction book Howard Carter and the Search for Tooting Car Moon. If you have a look over here on the left, you can see the binder pain, which shows all of my books, chapters and sub chapters. Setting up the back matter is possibly a little bit more straightforward in scrivener thin the front matter in so much that I basically treat the back matter of my book as a final chapter of the book. So we scroll down to the bottom. You can see that here is my back matter entitled Further Reading and Resources, which contains a number of different subject, er's. As I said before, this is a non fiction book. But perhaps for a fiction book, you could call this something like more from the author. Here you can see the three sub chapters within the back matter, each of which is a separate call to action. From a strictly commercial standpoint, the back matter is an extremely important section of your book as it provides you with a great opportunity to promote both yourself and your other books. In fact, it is literally one of the most effective forms of promotion that we have available to us. Ideally, your bat matter should consist of three different calls to action, namely one asking the reader for a review of your book to introducing the reader toe. Other books that you have written, ideally, a sequel to this book for fiction or a book that is on a similar topic for nonfiction on Finally and in many ways most importantly. Three. Sending the reader to an attractive lead magnet, perhaps a free book or even audio version of the book there just rate. The key here is that it has to be a really value to the reader, and this is so that you can get the reader to join your mailing lists. You may well have heard the expression The money is in the list. Well, this is especially true for self published authors. On the back matter of your books is one of the best ways to convert your readers to subscribers who you will hopefully one day be able to convert into fans. So those are the three course toe action or with separate links. The order that you placed thes three calls to action in your back matter is up to you, and it will probably depend on what you believe is most important to your business at that particular point in time. Whether that's getting reviews, more book sales or getting readers onto your mailing lists. Okay, now a quick word about the actual links. If your book is in KDP Select on Bus, you are only distributing toe Amazon. Then the links in your back matter are going to be pretty straightforward. But what about if you're distributing through many different e book distributor's let's say , 10 different e book distributor's. Obviously, someone who bought your book on Kobo and enjoyed it will want to buy the sequel on Kobo to likewise some new bought your book on Apple. ITunes will naturally want to buy the sequel on Apple. Now you could create a separate E book with different back matter for each distributor, so that your readers are sure to get the correct links, and that is exactly what I used to do myself. But I now find that a far more effective way of dealing with links within the back matter is to have one generic link back to a specific page, which is dedicated to that particular book. On my author website, for example, I have a page of my time school websites for Howard Carter and the Search for Two Ton Car Moon, which not only has information about this book but also information about an online course I've created on the same subject. By sending the reader to this page on the time school website, I'm effectively trying a soft up sell to someone who's already invested in my book by introducing them toe a fictionalized account of Howard Carter and Tooting Car Moon, as well as to an online course about the same subject. Of course, as a reader of the E book, I'm offering them a good incentive to purchase the course by providing them with a discounted coupon in the same way you can see how I have used the next chapter of the back matter too softly direct the reader to elite magnet as well as introduced the reader toe other books in the series here the reader is able to see the different products I have related to the Christmas truce of 1914. And if the reader is interested enough, he or she can click through and discover that they are able to get a $97 premium course totally free by signing up for the time school mailing list. Now this is not a direct link to my lead magnet for my mailing list, which I showed you within the front matter video. But nonetheless, it plays its part within the Back Matter section and at the same time introduces my readers to other books and products that I have created. So I suppose this is yet another important reason why every self published writer should have their own author website. If you have read my block Siris on the four key investments that every self published author should make, you will already know that investing in an author website is one of those four investments . And if you haven't, why not? I have included a link to the block Siris in the Useful Links and Resources lecture in the introduction to the course, so please check in town. I've also included links to the pages on time school that I've showing you so you can have a look at how have set them up as part of my author website. Okay, that's about it. For creating your back matter within Scrivener. Thank you for listening and goodbye for now. 8. Overview of Scriviner's Compile: Okay, This video is going to be a quick overview regarding the formatting of e books within Scriven er now anyone who has read my blawg over the how to publish an e book, doctor or website will know all about my love for Scriven. Er I could wax lyrical about why Scriven er is so awesome for hours. And believe me, I have done so before. But simply put, Scrivener is the self published authors best friend. It will certainly help make you more productive and will also save you valuable time in all aspects of your writing whether that be researching character building, plot outlining, distraction, free writing or meeting your writing targets. But in this video, I would like to specifically talk about how Scriven will save you time formatting and compiling your e books. And as we all know, time is money. So as you can see here we are in scrivener and this is actually the document for a nonfiction book that I've written within Scrivener entitled Howard Carter on the search for tooting Car Moon. If you're not familiar with screw dinner basically what you can see over here in this left hand pane called the binder are the different chapters that make up my book. You'll also notice that there is pretty much zero formatting of the text. I've just basically written my book, and I've not had to concern myself in the slightest about fonts and styles, margins and other aspects of formatting. All I have had to concentrate upon up to this point is researching writing and its sting. My book. So what you see here is the raw manuscript that I've completed on. Basically, what I need to do now is turn this content, which is split up into these different chapters into a finished product, whether that be especially formatted PdF, which will eventually be used to create a paperback book. Or as a regular PdF for elite magnet that can be downloaded from my website. Or is a dot Mobi file to be uploaded to Amazon KDP for use on Kindle e readers, or is an e pup file to be used on any one of a dozen or more online book distributor's. Once you've completed the writing and editing of your book, you can very easily for Matt said book or a scrivener cause it compiled the book into your desired formats by clicking on the compile button within the file menu or else on the compile icon in the main toolbar were taken to the part of Scrivener, where you are able to compile your manuscript into one of a number of different eBook formats. You can choose a paperback novel, former a script or screenplay, an iBook author format or many other different formats. But in this video, we're most concerned about the E book formats. And, as you can see by clicking on the E book pre defined format, we are then presented with the option of creating either any pup file, which is, of course, the format used by the majority of the book distributor's or a dot Mobi file, which is the former used by Kindle eBook readers. When you have chosen the former that you would like scrivener to compile for, you'll see on the left hand side pain here a number of compilation options. These are the different options that you can choose. We shall ultimately determine how your formatted e book will appear. The's compilation options give you an incredible amount of control, and this is why Scriven er is my preferred choice When it comes to formatting an E book. The options that I use the most are these 1st 4 options, namely contents, separators, cover and formatting, and I shall go through each of them in detail in their own separate video. However, the remaining eight compilation options I shall go through quickly now, as usually I stick to the default choices. The layout option deals with the text layout of your book, the table of contents and, lastly, the screenplay and script formatting. Okay, if we begin by looking at the text layout section, then here we can choose to not add page patting to the first page. I personally prefer toe have page padding on the first page, so I do not usually tick that box. The second option No downsize and re sample in line images to visible size can be very useful if your book contains a large number of big images, as this option will help reduce the overall file size of your e book, which, of course, makes a difference in the likes of Amazon, who charge for delivery costs in this 70% royalty option, based on the number of megabytes. The file contains. Finally, I stick with the default on the third option of the text Lamb. The table of contents section is where you can include a table of contents or no, I usually do include one for my nonfiction books, but not for my fiction books. And you can also decide whether you want to send to the table of contents or keep them left aligned. I never have any screenplay and script formatting in my books, so I just leave that as it is, transformations I never use. It is quite self explanatory, though some of these options, such as convert em dash to double hyphens you probably only need to worry about if you had imported a word file into scrivener. The HD mail settings are way you can decide whether or not to convert links within scrivener toe. HTML links on also, whether or not you wish html links to appear as underlined replacements again pretty self explanatory, but not something I ever use that statistic options concerns word and character counts. So not really something you need to change when formatting any book, the advanced table options I personally have never used but it basically allows you to stitch together adjacent tables where possible. Here you can format and style your footnotes, and you also have control over comments and annotations. Finally, we have the metadata options, which I might as well filling as well. I'm here. So for this particular book title, Howard Carter and the Search for Two Ton Car Moon authors David James Boat Contributors. Dr Tara Tempus Subject history Description. A detailed study off the Egyptologist Howard Carter and his search for two ton car Moon publisher is Walt. Earn it Reality. I'll leave the rights and a blank language code is E. En for English, and I won't bother with custom, unique identify. And that basically covers what are for me the lesser used compilation options within scrivener. So I hope that has given you an overview of Scrivens. Compile feature and thank you very much for listening. But by 9. Installing Kindle Gen Within Scrivener: Okay, This video looks at an extra piece of software that Scriven and needs to install when compiling your manuscript into a dot Mobi e book for Kindle readers. If you take a look at the different complexion options available for the dotty pup format compared to those compilation options available for the dot Mobi format, you may notice that the Kindle format has an extra one. Entitled Kindle Jen. Kindle Jane is actually a tool provided by Amazon, which enables scrivener to compile to a Kindle compatible format. If you do not have Kendall Jenner already installed on your computer, you will be prompted to install it from this screen. All you need to do is click on the U. R L. And you'll be directed to the Kindle format eight page, where you can click on this Kindle Jen link and that will take you to the Kindle Gen download page. Okay, I'm currently on a Mac, so I will download a copy of Kindle Jane for Mac and install it on my computer. This will have to agree to the terms of use Click download now, and that's downloading there. Kindle Jen is actually a command line tool, which helps the user to create content that is compatible with all the different types of Kindle devices. It is also necessary for other pieces of software such as the Kindle preview. Once Kindle Jen has been installed, Scrivener is now ready to begin compiling your manuscript into adult Mobi e book. Thank you for listening. 10. Scrivener Compilation Options: Contents: OK in this video, we're going to take a look at the first off the compilation options within Scrivens Compile feature, which are the contents options. The contents options basically allow us to choose which chapters and sub chapters appear in the formatted output of R E Book. As you can see, all of my chapters such Aziz Carter and Can Arvin and the Valley of the Kings have been taken has of all of my subject er's, such as the last season excavating the to the anti chamber, the annex and so on. If, for example, the Quiz questions and Dancers sub chapters were only supposed to appear in my printed books, my paperback books, then here I'll be ableto untech these two sub chapters, and they would no longer appear in the finished formatted E book. However, I do want them to be part of the E book, so I shall Retik them again like So Now if we have a look down here, you will see that there is a tick box where you can also add your front matter to the finished output. If we take that box and then choose e book as our front matter folder. What we see above our chapters are the title page forward and pre face. Now these three pages correspond to those that have been placed in the E book folder, which is situated over here in the front matter section of the binder. At the moment, each of these files are ticked, but I don't actually want the title page to appear in the formatted e book. So I am going toe UnTech that box like so. And now when I press compile the content that will appear in the formatted e book will be the forward, the pre face and all of my chapters and sub chapters. Okay, I hope that gives you a clearer idea about the contents options within Scrivens. Compile feature. Thank you for listening and bye for now. 11. Scrivener Compilation Options: Separators: OK in this video, we're going to take a look at the second off. The compilation options within Scrivens compile feature, which are the separators options now. As you can see, this window is basically made up from four sections where you have control over how you separate your different pieces of content, what I call chapters and sub chapters on what scrivener calls folders and text files. We should come back to the tech separator section presently, as that is probably the one you will use most on. Begin by looking at the folder separator. Now, the way I set up my chapters and sub chapters, I never had a case where a chapter will be next to another chapter without any subject is in between. So I just lied this as the default, which is set to empty line for the folder and text separator, which, for me, basically means where a subchapter follows on from a chapter. Again, I am happy with the default of an empty line because of the way I set up my chapters. You see, my chapters do not actually have any content of their own, no text or images. They have a title, but in effect, they're just containers housing the sub chapters within. It would probably be best if we came out of Scrivens, compile for a moment and go into the outline er, so I can quickly show you how I set up my chapters and sub chapters. So hopefully it will be a little less confusing. If, for example, we click on the chapter the discovery of the tomb, you can see that there is no content within the chapter itself. No actual writing, no images. It is a container for the eight sub chapters within it Now, of course, each of these subjects do have content. So if we click on the last season, for example, you can see that the sub chapter has both text and images within it. Likewise for excavating the tomb and so on. The reason that I set up my chapters and subject is in this way it so that I have more control over how the titles of the said chapters and sub chapters appear in the formatting options within Scrivens compile, which would be the subject of another video. So hopefully that explains my set up a little better, and if we go back into the separators options, we can have a look at the separator between the text and folder or, as I call it, the separator between the last sub chapter and the new chapter again here I always keep to the default, which is a section break, as I like to have a new chapter appear on a brand new page right. That just leaves us with the text separator here at the top, which I have left until last, because this is the option that I do change depending on whether or not I'm formatting a fiction or a nonfiction book. In the case of this nonfiction book, I prefer that each sub chapter begins on a new page, so I would click the section break option. However, when I am formatting fiction books for a start, I don't refer to them as chapter and sub chapter. Instead, I called him chapters and scenes on. I prefer that each of the scenes in a given chapter run on from each other with only a line break, but I don't use an empty line break. Instead, I used the custom break option, and as you can see when I clicked on custom break. Those three little symbols became live. And so it is possible to change the characters or symbols between your subject, er's or scenes, as I say for fiction, for example, we could use dashes or circles will be even able to use special characters from within Scriven itself. If we come out of Scrivens, compile and click on edit. Then we can click on the special characters at the bottom of the menu. Like so. And as you can see, there are lots of different special characters that we can choose from. Okay, let's have a look at these ass tricks. Here's one I like the look off the black floor it. So if I click on that and then cut it from my manuscript as I don't want it there and return to the separators options, I can now just paste three of the black floor apes as my custom separator between my scenes . Okay, that just about covers everything for separators within Scrivens. Compile. Thank you for listening on. Bye. For now. 12. Scrivener Compilation Options: Cover: OK in this video, I'm going to show you the cover compilation options within Scrivens Compile feature. So when we click on cover, we are presented with this window, which shows us that currently there is no cover image associate id with my book. And as you can see, it tells us that only image files imported into the project are available for selection as the cover image. So, basically, we need to grab a cover image for the book and drag it into our project within Scriven. Er okay, I shall cancel out of the compile window. And I'm now back in the scribblings mode of Scrivener with the binder pain on the left hand side showing all the different chapters in the book. And if I scroll down, we can see that within the front matter section of the book, I have put the books forward and pre face, and this is where I usually placed the book's cover as well. I'm on a Mac, so I would just open up finder and locate cover image. And here it is Tutankhamen cover, and all I need to do is drag it over and place it within the E book folder off the front matter section. Like so. So there you are. There's my books cover here. We can see a thumbnail off the cover in the inspector pain so I can check. It is definitely the right one. And now we're all set to go back to Scriven. Iss compile and onto the cover compilation option where we are now able to set the cover image for our book Tooting car, Moon cover and Walla. Now, when we click on compile, this cover will form part off our E pub E book. Thank you for listening, but why? 13. Scrivener Compilation Options: Formatting: OK in this video, we're going to take a look at the fourth off the compilation options within Scrivens compile, which are the formatting options. This is basically where we are able to set the formatting for our chapters and sub chapters or folders and files a Scriven, a costume. You're noticed that there is 1/3 type of section where you can put a subject toe within a sub chapter, which basically gives you a three level hierarchy and potentially even more control over your formatting. However, I have never personally used this, and I find that a two level hierarchy of my sub chapters within chapters works perfectly well for me, as I do not have any of this type within my Scriven a manuscript, you'll notice that none of my folders or files are highlighted here in the binder. This changes when I click on the chapter icon. As you can see now, all my chapters are highlighted in yellow. Likewise, when I click on the subject icon, all of my subject, er's are now highlighted in yellow. This is a great way of visually seeing what section is going to be changed when you take the boxes for each of the three section types. You can choose what will appear within that particular section, so we click back onto the chapters. You'll notice that the title has been ticked, but the metadata synopsis notes and text boxes are not ticked. That is fine, because I certainly do not want the metadata synopsis and notes appearing in the formatted e book on I Do Not Have Any text in my chapters, as in effect, it is just a container for my sub chapters, which houses the different subject is within, so the folder or chapter section is fine as it is. The second section does not apply to my manuscript, so I need not worry about what is tick there. Which brings us to the third section, the files or subject. As as you can see, the text box has been ticked, which is exactly what we want. As of course, we want our content out text and images to appear in the formatted e book. But the title has been left UnTech Now. If this was a fiction book, then I would lead the title box Antic as I would not want to title appearing for each scene . In my book, I would only want titles appearing for chapters if a tool. However, this particular book is a nonfiction book, and I do want the titles for each of the sub chapters to appear in The formatted E book. So I am going to take the title box below the tick boxes for the three section times we can actually form at the type of text for the titles. Currently, this is set us heading to, but we could change that to heading one or heading three or another heading type if we wanted to. Likewise, for the sub chapters, which are currently sit as body text, which is just fine. If we click on the section layer button, we can also add title prefixes and suffixes i e. What comes immediately before and after the title. So, for example, here the word chapter and the number of that particular chapter comes before the title, we can also change the appearance of the title prefix and suffix. There is a choice for each of them between normal upper case flaked small caps and lower case. You are able to change the appearance off the first page so you might want to experiment and see how that changes the look of your text. Finally, you will see that we are also able to change the amount of padding for each of these section times. Padding basically refers to the number of lines of space from the top of the page to the title. So actually concede E. I upset the padding to six lines for my chapters, and I do not have any padding for my subject. Er's Okay, that about wraps up the formatting options within Scrivens. Compile feature. Thank you for listening and by for now. 14. A Walkthrough Scrivener's Compile: Okay. I have already shown you each of the main compilation options within Scrivener in the previous videos, but now I thought it would be a good idea to walk you through everything in one go and actually set up a book for formatting before clicking on that compile button. Then, in future videos, we shall be able to test the results of this by checking the rendering on a number of different devices and other media. So here we are in Scrivener, and this is the unformed, matted manuscript for my nonfiction time travel history book The Christmas Truce of 1914. So the text has bean researched, written, edited and proof for it. The images have been sourced, resized and added, the cover has been created and the front and back matter has been written with all the important calls to action included. This book is now ready and waiting to be compiled into the format or formats of our choice . For the purpose of this walk through, I'm going to choose to compile to an e pup format. But of course I should also compile a Kindle version off video. The process is exactly the same as far as we're concerned, it is just that scrivener shall work its magic in the background to produce each specific former. We begin by going to Scriven a compile which can either be accessed by clicking on this icon on the toolbar or by clicking on file and then scrolling down to the bottom, where it says, Compile. I shall now go through the different options that I actually used to produce a nonfiction book of this type before clicking on the compile button over here. So we begin by coming down to the bottom here and clicking that brought down marked compiled for and we click on E Pub a book. As you can see, we're currently in the contents option, and here I can decide which chapters and subject er's or folders and files a scrivener refers to them that I would like to include within the e book e pub format. Unsurprisingly, I would like all my chapters and sub chapters to appear in the E book as well as my back matter here. But that might not be the case with the front matter off the book. If I click on the add front matter, check box. The front matter pages appear at the top, and I can decide which ones will be included. As this e book is an e pup that will not be distributed through smash words, I'm going to make sure all the pages are included. Except for the smash words version of the title page. A quick little thing to observe is here. We can check that those pages we formatted in both the front matter on the back matter are indeed set to compile as East, and we can see that this is the case here. So that is all from this option. If we now look at the separators option, we can choose how are chapters and sub chapters will appear within the book for non fiction books. I prefer to have a section break between each sub chapter. So basically each sub chapter starts on a new page, so that is fine. As it is, there are no chapters that follow each other, so that one is fine, too. I want the sub chapter to follow immediately on from the chapter, which in effect is just made up of a heading that contains the subject is within so this option is fine as well. And lastly, I want a page break after the final sub chapter in a given chapter so that the next chapter begins on a brand new page. So everything is correct here, and I can move on to the cover option. Okay, Here I simply find the cover image and check. That is the correct one. And that's all for this option. Then in formatting, I can choose what each of my chapters and sub chapters consist off. Okay, for my chapters. As I said earlier, there is no actual text within them, so I only need to take the title check box. You can see the chapters appear highlighted in yellow over there within the binder. The next option of a file within a file does not apply to my structure. And as you can see, this is confirmed through a lack of yellow highlighting. But with my sub chapters, I want to make sure that both the title and the text has been checked. Obviously, I do not want the metadata synopsis or notes to appear also here. Aiken set how much padding I would like a the top of each new chapter. I like to have four lines of white space there and likewise with sub chapters where I like to have just two lines of white space. If I click on the section layout, you can see that I prefix each new chapter with the word chapter. And then that code displays the number of any given chapter. And I also like to have the word chapter written in uppercase. But I just keep the default settings for everything else and likewise for the sub chapter, there's no prefix there, for example. Okay, next up is the title adjustments, which gives you extra control over how the title prefixes appear within your front matter. Now I only have pages, in other words, sub chapters in my front matter. So no prefixes will appear there anyway. But I do not want any chapter prefix to appear within my back matter. So I need to click on this little coke here and just make sure that the further reading and resources chapter and the and finally chapter do not have the chapter prefix appearing before the titles. The rest of these I just leave is the defaults within the layout option. I just make sure that this boxes ticked, downsize and re sample in line images to visible size is that helps with the file size of the E book, which in turn determines how much Amazon will charge for your delivery within their 70% royalty option. So obviously the smaller the file size, the better. Now I personally do not want a table of contents for this book, which I explain in the videos on front matter, specifically to do with Amazon's look inside feature on my books sale page. However, here is where you would set up the table of contents of your book. If you did want to include one. Everything else, I leave as the default. Okay, transformations. I do not touch HTML settings. I just make sure that the Scriven A links are converted to HTML links, then replacements, statistics and tables. I leave well alone and the same with footnotes and comments. However, I do feel in the metadata options. So as you can see, I filled in the title. The author, I have included Dr Tara Tempus as a contributor. I have included history as the subject and a very short description of the book. The publisher is alternate reality. And I'm just going to check that the language code is set to e en for English and that is it. I am ready to click on the Compile butter now and save the e pup file to a folder on my computer. So that's the end of this video walking you through. Scrivens. Compile. Thank you very much for listening. Bye bye. 15. Preset Formats in Scrivener's Compile: Okay, This is just a quick video to discuss the option of setting up a preset format. So here we are in Scrivener, and I've just gone through and set up my preferred options for a nonfiction e book. Live Press Compile and I have created an e pub. Fine. Now I am going to want to use this exact same set up for my other nonfiction books in the time immemorial history book Siri's later on in the future. And so, in order to save time and more importantly, to avoid making mistakes, I'm actually able to set up a preset format within Scriven a compile. Then, whenever I want to use those particular settings in the future, I can just click on the preset and click compile rather than having to go through a lot of different compilation options like we did in the previous video. Now, in order to set up a preset format, we need to click on the format as drop down menu and scroll right to the bottom and click on manage compile format presets, and then you will be presented with two taps, global presets and project presets. If you set up a project preset. Then, as the name suggests, you will only be able to use that preset within that particular project. So perhaps you could set a preset for an e book for a paperback for a pdf on, then switch between them as you need to. However, I actually want to create a preset that can be used on other projects. That is to say on other books, so I shall actually need to set up a global preset. I can do this by clicking on the plus sign here at the bottom of the page and naming the preset. So I'm going to call this preset time school history e books and then press OK, so we can see here that it has been added and we need to make sure that it is ticked so that it will show up in the list of preset formats. Now, whenever we click on the format as drop down menu, our new preset is listed under the my formats section and we can use this preset in which ever project we choose. Okay, I hope that has given you a good overview of how to set up a preset format in Scrivens. Compile. Thank you for listening. Bye bye. 16. An Overview of FREE Software for Formatting eBooks Depending on the Genre: even though Scrivener is my number one recommendation for compiling fiction books or for complaining nonfiction books without too many images, there are a few other software applications, which I also use for formatting, depending upon the type of book I'm writing. The first of these is Amazon's Kindle Kids Book Creator, which is my number one choice for creating illustrated Children's books. Another application that is also by Amazon is the Kindle textbook creator, which is my preferred choice for converting PDFs into e books. And in the past, I'd used it to create magazines as well as educational textbooks and lesson plans. There is 1/3 application by Amazon called the Kindle Comic Creator. We shall have get to use but which I've heard a lot of good things about, so you may want to check it out. If you're planning any type of graphic art books, photo stories or comics, please be aware that there are both pros and cons associated with using these three applications. One of the main plus points is that all three of them are free of charge, and they are relatively straightforward to use at the time of writing. Each of them have areas which could be improved upon, and it is important to remember the books created with these applications are only compatible with Kindle reading devices. Meanwhile, if you are looking to create an interactive textbook with video audio and much, much more, then I highly recommend iBook author. The books created with this excellent free software are second to none. But it is worth noting that the interactive e books created in iBook author can only be sold and distributed within the iTunes bookstore and can only be accessed on IPADS and Mac computers. However, other versions of the same book, such as a PdF version of the book, can be sold elsewhere, asking free copies of the iBook version. 17. A Look at the Kindle Kids' Book Creator: Here we are within the Kindle Kids Book Creator, which is a free software application by Amazon for creating Children's illustrated books. When you first open the Kindle Kids Book Creator, you are presented with the option of Ivor opening an existing book or creating a new kid's book. Later on, I shall preview the software by looking at a book that I've already created. But to begin with, let's click on the Create a new kid's book button straight away. You are presented with a getting started tutorial, which takes you through the three steps for creating a book and instead one you were told the different formats you can use to create your book. Now the Kindle Kids Book Creator basically allows you to create books around a set of images. You are able to import images such as J picks, tiffs and pings one by one, all as Amazon recommends, You can create a PdF of your book yourself and then import this over in a single step. You can also create the individual images as pdf's, and that is how I have always used the software. I create the different pages for my book in the software program pages. And then I export the files as a PdF before I then import it into the Kindle Kids Book creator. Once you have added your images or imported the PdF of your book, you're then able to add an effect to your book that is native to the Kindle Kids Book Creator. And this is the ability to add text pop ups to give your book an interactive feel to it. You can apply this feature to text that already exists within the book, or you can add your text to the book within the Kindle Kids Book Creator. The final step is to them preview your completed book using the Kindle Preview a application on Once you're satisfied that everything looks as it should do. You can then save your book for publishing to KDP. Okay, once you've read the quick tutorial, you are able to get started by clicking on Continue on. The first step in creating your kid's book is to fill in the details of your book. Such is the title of the book and the author's name. Both these fields are required, so I'm going to fill in the details of a book I have already created just for the purposes of this example. So type in the obedient prince and the author is David James Holt. The publisher is an optional field, but I shall type in Holt. Earn it reality. You then need to choose the language of the book, and you can choose between English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Russian. So obviously all choose English here. And then, finally, you can choose where you want to save your book to now. I don't want it overwrite my existing book, so I'm going to choose to save to my desktop. Now you will have actually needed to have created an empty folder to save two. And here's the folder that I created earlier, and once you have chosen the empty folder to save to, you can then click on Continue. The next stage is to choose the type of layout. Do you want your book tohave? You can choose between a landscape orientation or a port trait orientation. I have only ever created books in a landscape orientation, as I think that is the best format for these pop up style books. So if I put it back to landscape. You will see that you have further options as to how your images will appear. You can choose tohave two images side by sight or one image at a time, So let's select two images side by side. Why don't we choose to have the first page image to start on the right side? Like so once you have chosen your books format, you can then click on, continue and actually add the images. As I said before, you can choose to add an entire pdf all you can import a cover from a separate image file and then start adding the pdf pages from there. Now, I actually use the second option for the book. I'm going to show you, and I'm going to stop the video now and opened that book so that you can see what it looks like when all of the pdf pages have bean imported. Okay, so here we are, back again within the Kindle Kids Book creator, and we're looking at my book, The Obedient Prince on. Let me explain a little bit about where the obedient prince came from. It is actually one of the poems from my poetry book, The Cap from Berries Tales. I shall put a link to the book in the supplementary resources Now. I wanted to create a graphical representation off that particular poem, and so I used the Kindle Kids Book creator to achieve that. The illustrations of the book Havel Bean sourced from royalty free stock images on are split between cat images from the General Prologue, which introduces Theo Bijan Prince and then Vector style illustrations for the obedient Prince story itself. So, as you can see, the book is made up from Siris of PdF's one for each page, and the text is actually being written when the original images were created. However, as you can see, I've also added the pop up text effect within the Kindle Kids Book creator for the pages that make up the obedient Prince. Part of the book, the pop up text effect basically creates a box on the page that your readers double tap toe open a text to pop up on the pop up contained larger text, the easier reading on smaller devices. If I click on view pop up, you can see how that works and it really is quite simple toe. Add a pop up to your existing text. Let me delete this one so that I can show you. So you simply click on the add pop up icon over here on the left hand side. And then you could drag the pop up toe where you would like it to appear. So if I just position it over this first sentence and when the prince appeared and then click on where it says view pop up, I can now enter the text that I want to pop up. So if I write and when the prince appeared like so now that looks a bit ugly, so I can rearrange the shape of the box a little bit like but and now I created a little pop up for that particular piece of text. One last thing I would like to show you, which is actually one of the limitations of the software, as it stands in my opinion, and that is, you are unable to include links out from the book, so it is difficult to create an effective call to action. As you can see on this page, I have included a memorable U. R L to try and get around that problem, uh, www dot the cap from Barry's tails dot com, but unfortunately, there is no way to add a link. Likewise, on the last page, I've got Mr Snuggles toe. Ask the reader for a review, but there is no way of linking to the review page. So this is something to bear in mind from a marketing perspective. That said, I think on the whole, the Kindle Kids Book Creator is a good piece of software for easily creating Children's illustrated books for the Kindle. And what's more, it is totally free. Okay, I think that just about wraps up this video on the Kindle Kids Book creator. Thank you for watching and good bye for now. 18. An Introduction to Vellum: Another piece of software that I recommend for Formatting e books is vellum, which formats e books into the Kindle K F eight format, as well as nook and iBooks E pup formats. I have actually used vellum for my poetry book, The Cap from Berries Tales, and I believe the elegant styles that you can set up within the software suit the poetry genre extremely well. These elegant styles come at a price. Vellum starts at $29.99 per book, which is perhaps a little on the pricey side, especially when you consider what $45 gets you with Scrivener. However, they do also offer the option of 10 books for $99. 99 which considerably brings down the unit cost. And you can also use vellum for an unlimited number of books for $199. 99 19. Vellum Tutorial: Hello, They So here we are in a premium software for formatting your E book called Vellum. And this is another piece of software that I recommend for formatting E books into the Kindle K F eight format, as well as nook and iBooks e pub formats. I've actually used vellum for my poetry book, The Cat From Berries Tails, because I thought that the elegant styles that you can set up within Belen suited the poetry John very well indeed, however, unsurprisingly, thes elegant styles come at a price. Vellum cost $29. 99 for each individual book you create, although they also offer the option of 10 books for $99. 99 which considerably brings down the unit cost. Or there's even the option of an unlimited number of books for $199. 99. So we're currently looking at My Cat from Berries Tales Poetry Book, and we are in the content section. Off the software on the first part of the content section is where you need to enter your books info and as you can see, the title subtitle and author, our Alvar Al Use that are immediately locked once you enter them. This is obviously to prevent anyone trying to create more than one book from single purchase as well as the locked information. You're also able to input additional authors and a publisher name, so I put alternate reality here a publisher link. So I put my alternate reality website here. Publisher logo If you have one. The language of your book, in my case, English on ESPN number If you have one and finally the version of your book, and here you can add your books cover whenever you add an image within vellum. You were given warnings as to whether or not in images off a large enough size for a particular former. For example, Vellum is warning me that although my cover size satisfies the minimum requirements for the Kindle or nook formats, the cover is currently too small to be accepted by the Apple iBook store. Currently, the Cat from Berries Tales is in KDP Select as it is a one off poetry book on not in Siris . So for the time being, that is okay. But it's certainly good to know for the future below the book Info section in this left hand pane, you can see the actual chapters that make up your book. So I have a copyright page where I have copyright information dedication to Minka, my old cat, and also call to action, where the reader doesn't get the audio book version of the Cat from various tales. And this is actually a lead magnet for a mailing list. Following on from the copyright page are each of the chapters in the book or, in this case, each of the different poems and then, finally, the back matter of the book, which are two pages that have various calls to action within. So that is the contents tab where you actually write or, more likely, copy and paste from scrivener or word the content of your book. You'll see that there is also a second tap up here called styles, and this is primarily the main benefit of purchasing vellum as you are presented with a number of different styles that you can easily apply to different elements of your book. For example, the first set of styles is for the heading of each of your chapters, and here you have given a life preview of what your chapters heading looked like for each different style. As you can see, there are three different options that you can scroll between for your headings. One with just the chapter title one with the chapter title, a decorative feature in the chapter number and finally one with the chapter title on the chapter number, but without the decorative feature. And I think I will choose that 3rd 1 for the first paragraph. There, in fact, six different styles to choose from a regular style. And it looks like they're using Moby Dick as the example, capitalizing the 1st 3 words, capitalizing the 1st 6 words. The drop caps, a smaller drop caps and then an elegant looking one. Let's choose that 1st 1 for this example, then you can style your block quotations. I don't actually have any in this book, but I would probably choose Style number two in a non fiction book to make quote standout. And the next stop is the ornamental breaks, which I do have in this book. There are six ornamental breaks that you can choose from, and I quite like that 2nd 1 The next style is how the paragraph after break appears so similar to the first paragraph styles, and our should choose an elegant on this time just to be different. Next up is how the photos or images within your book appear, so the 1st 1 is without any effect. Then you have a drop shadow, if it thing black border, a thick gray border in a sort of raised Beijing colored border, which is quite an interesting effect. Think I'll choose the drop shadow in this example? Then we have the portrayed style. The first is without any effect, then what looks like a drop shadow. Then around it corners style and finally, on oval, I quite like the rounded corners effect. Finally, we have the caption style, fewer images. So we have sainted Donatella, size centred and regular front left aligned no quite left the line and a center gray bar with the caption left the line to that Graeber. So I think I would choose that. Okay, so once you have decided on both your content and your styles, you are then able to preview how your book will appear, and you can actually see how your book renders on an I pet and I thought, Oh, the Kindle paperwhite and a nook simple touch. So if you have a particular book, distribute to your most concerned with, Let's say Amazon, for example, you could make sure you put renders perfectly on the Kindle, but still havent I open on how it renders for the iPad and the iPhone. And depending on the device, you can even see how your book will appear. The different fonts, tech sizes and even colored backgrounds. For example, on the iPad, you can increase the text size, decrease the text size, change the funds and even change into C P a month or night mode. So perhaps a transparent ping would work better on the iPad than a J pig with a white background. Once you are satisfied that your book is going to look good on each of the different devices, you're then able to generate your e book formats. You congenital wait for my books, look and kindle, although I books and look both used the e pup format. IBooks is using the IPAB three format as opposed to the E pop to format, and you do have the option to click on all three of them and format them at the same time. However, if you want to make sure that your book formats perfectly for each format, that it might be a good idea to look at each book individually and make sure the book renders perfectly for that particular device before generating the former. And you can browse on your computer's hard drive to the folder where you would like to save the files and then click on Generate. Okay, so that about wraps up this video on the vellum software. It is easy to use. It produces great looking books. And if you have a particular book that you would like to have in a certain style like I did with the cat from Barry's tales, then I don't think the $30 price tag is too unreasonable. Thank you for watching Bye for now. 20. An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of an ePub eBook: Okay, This video is an overview the different tools available to us for checking out e pub e books. I have basically split these tools and applications into four different categories. First of all, validation tools both online and desktop versions, which will give you any indication as to whether or not your E pub contains any errors, which might prevent it from being accepted by the online distributor's keep up readers. That usual online browser. Using various browser extensions, you're able to see how your book appears from within your favorite browser. E pub readers on your computer so you can see for yourself how your E pub renders within a desktop or laptop environment. And then finally, e pub reader APS on mobile devices. Such is on an iPhone or an iPad, which is probably where your E pub is most likely going to be rate by your readers. There are a number of validation tools out there that you can use. Probably the most well known is the E Pub validator, provided by the I. D. P. F. The International Digital Publishing Forum. The E Pub validator provides validation information by using the open source toe be pub check. However, the E pub validator only provides validation information for the EAP up to format. So if you also require validation information for keep up three. For example, if you have a lot of images in your book, then you will probably need to validate with e pub. Check directly. Now keep up. Check could be downloaded and then run as a stand alone command line tool or used as a Java library. If, however, like me, you're not too tech savvy, then don't worry. You are able to run E pub check through a number of third party applications as well. P. Geena is one such software application, which is totally free, and I find it a great way to validate your E pub as I use Scriven er to compile my E pups. I have yet to have any errors in my validation. But what if you did the likes of the e pub validator on DPI? Geena, move flag up the errors, but whether you're then really understand what those errors are and how to fix them is another matter altogether. And this is where a paid service called Flight thick comes in, which actually interprets and explains the standard errors and warnings, helping you understand what to fix on how to fix it. Once you have validated your e pub book on are satisfied that your e book is error free, you will still want to see how your E book appears within an actual e book reader. You can actually do this in a number of ways, the first of which is through your Internet browser by using a browser extension. If you are a Firefox user, then you'll be glad to hear that there is a great extension for Mozilla Firefox, simply called E Pub breeder, which will show you how your E papa renders from within your browser. Meanwhile, Google Chrome users are able to use an extension called the Reedy Um Web Chrome Extension, which is based on the Redeem foundations. Open source technology for E Pub three on the open where platform. You are also able to see how your E pub e book renders using various desktop applications. One such application is iBooks for Mac, and another is Adobe Digital Editions, which is adobes free desktop E Pub Reda, And this will give you an idea on how the different systems using adobes rendering engines such as Kobo Nook and Sony will interpret your E book. However, please be aware that none of the aforementioned e book readers will render things in exactly the same way as Adobe Digital Editions does. Which is why, without doubt, the best way to test your E Pub e book is on an actual device, whether that be an e book reader itself, such as nook, kobo, Sony etcetera or an e reader at on an iris device or an android device. Now, unless you are seeing an unusually large percentage of sales from a particular E pub e book distributor, it is unlikely that you're going to go out on by each and every e book reader on the market . However, if you have an IOS device or an android device, you should at least check how your E Pub E book appears on each of the distributor's free maps. For example, the AIPO cap, the kobo at the look at etcetera, so I hope that has given you a good overview of how to go about validating and testing your E pub able in the next series of videos. I shall take you through step by step. Each of the e pub validation tools and e book reader software and applications referred to in this video. Thank you for listening. No, by 21. Validating on the ePUB Validator: Hello. And here we are on the International Digital Publishing Forum website and more specifically on their e pub validator, which is usually my first stop whenever I want to validate an e pup file. Now, your file must be less than 10 megabytes in size. And if so, you can simply click on the choose file button and then browse for your e pub file. And I want to check the time travel history, the Christmas truce of 1914 e pup file, and then you just need to click on Validate. Now, this process may take a few minutes, depending on your Internet connection, and we can see down at the bottom of the screen there that the progress is actually quite slow. So I'm going to pause the video here, and I shall resume once my e pub file has been validated. Okay, so that took just a few minutes. And here are the results of the validation. So, as you can see, there were no problems found, which means that I can now go on to the next stage in the checking and validation process, which is to see how my book renders on a number of different devices. Okay, that's all from this video. Thank you for watching. Bye bye. For now. 22. An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of a Kindle eBook: Okay, This video is an overview of the different software applications available to us for checking our Kindle formatted e books and Amazon have actually put together a great suite of tools and applications for validating and checking your book before uploading it to their Kindle direct publishing Using Scrivens Compile, I have created a dot Mobi e book toe upload to KDP. But before I do that, there are a number of tools I can use to check that my book is going to render the way I intended to on a range of different Kindle devices. The first of these tools is the Kindle Preview ER, which is a graphical user interface tool that emulates how books display across the various Kindle devices and naps, as well as displaying invalidating books in the Moby and K F eight formats. Kindle pre viewer can also accept an e pub source and auto convert it for preview. Although the Kindle preview is an excellent emulator which allows you to validate your Kindle book for use in the fire HD fire hdx kindle voyage kindle dx kindle for iPhone and kindle for iPad. I still recommend that you test the dot Mobi file in as many actual devices and mobile APs as you can. Unlike with an E pup file, which you can pretty much just send to your device via email and double click. Getting a dot Mobi file onto your device or application has bean a little bit more complicated. But that's before the wonderful send to Kindle was released. Amazon Center Kindle allows you to test your e book on any Kindle device or kindle application that you own and is available for both PCs and Macs. There is also send to kindle extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Ascend to Kindle option in many popular android APS Ascend to Kindle email address and ascend to kindle button for websites. But it is the classic computer software that is most relevant to WAAS. When we're testing out dot Mobi file on different Kindle devices and APS from within the Center Kindle software application on your Mac or PC, you are able to send the e book to your Amazon cloud drive as well as to the various devices and apse which you have set up within your Amazon account. This means that you contest your e book out on the Kindle app on your iPhone and your iPad or on your android smartphones and tablets. And, of course, you can check the book renders properly on your actual Kindle devices. In my opinion, if you're serious about self publishing books, then you should own at least one kindle device and try and test your book on as many different devices as possible that your friends and family my tone. Finally, once you have updated your dot Mobi file to KDP, you'll get one final opportunity to test out your book on their online emulator. Okay, I hope you have enjoyed this overview of validating and checking your Kindle E books in the next series of videos. I shall take you through step by step. Each of the Kindle emulators on applications referred to in this video. Thank you for listening and goodbye for now. 23. Validating on the Kindle Previewer: Hello. Here we are within the Kindle preview. Our application on what I want to do here is show you how you can easily validate the dot Mobi file that you have compiled within Scriven er by previewing it on a number of different virtual devices that are included within the Kindle. Preview our application. As you can see, the Kindle preview, our emulates how your book will display and the different file types that are supported. In addition to the Mobi format, R E pup files html on the O. Pdf format, which is the format used by the likes of the Kindle Kids Book Creator. The Mobi file that we're going to look at now is my time immemorial history book to turn Car Moon, and it is actually one of the recently opened files. So I just need to click on the top link here toe open my book. However, before I do that, I would like to show you some of the settings down here in the bottom right hand corner. Here, you can set the default device mode so you can choose between viewing your book on an emulator for the fire HD the fire hdx the fire hdx 8.9 inch the Kindle voyage the Kindle dx , the Kindle app on an iPhone on the Kindle app on iPad. For this example, I'm going to choose the Kindle Fire HD. The next setting we can choose is the default orientation of the devices so we can select either portrait or landscape. I shall keep this is portrayed it. And finally, you can choose the default language. And of course, I shall keep this as English. Okay, so if I now open up my book, you can see an emulation of how the book will render on a Kindle Fire HD in portrait mode. The book opens on the title page of the book, but if you click on the back arrow up here like so you can also check your books cover and as you can see and the moment I need to scroll down to see the whole of the book as it is actually longer than my MacBook pro screen. But if you click on the icon up here, you are able to scale the device down. Now you can click through the pages and just make sure that you are happy with how your book renders on the Kindle Fire HD, and if you then want to check how your book looks on a different device in the fire family , you are able to click on one of the other two taps. So let's have a look of the Fire hdx, which is actually the Kindle I own. And let's see how my book renders on that. So it takes a bit of time to readjust. But then you conflict through the pages and make sure you are happy with it. And, yes, that appears to be fine as well as the navigation buttons up here. You can also click on, go to in the menu bar and then go to a particular page. For example, you could go to the beginning of the book all the cover. And if you would like to see how the book renders on a non kindle fire device, then you can simply click on devices in the menu bar and then click on the family of devices. You would like to check your book home so, for example, the Kindle voyage. Naturally, the images are no longer in color as it is a kindle voyage, but you conflict through and see how the pages render and again, that looks to be totally fine as well as devices and go to. You can also click on view in the Menu bar and have a look of the books information where you can check the title. The file format whether a cover is specified, etcetera. Also in view, you're able to see how your book renders within the Kindle reader app if you have one installed on your computer. So in my case, that is the Kindle reader for the Mac. Okay, so that was an overview of validating your book within Kindle preview. If everything looks good, the next stage is to check how your book renders on actual devices. And in order to do that, you will need to install Amazon's send to kindle app. Okay, that is all for this video on the Kindle preview our thank you for watching on, but by for now, 24. Using the Send To Kindle application: Hello. And here we are on the sink to kindle up. You should have already compiled your e book for Kindle within Scriven er and also validated the file through the Kindle preview our And now you're ready to check your Kindle book on a number of different devices, and that is where sing to kindle comes in. You literally just need to drop your file onto the APP. But before you do so you will need to first check that all your devices are correctly set up within your Amazon account so that send to kindle concerned the files to them. And you can check this by clicking on the manage your content on devices link. You then need to click on the your devices tab like so, And then just make sure that all the devices that you own are properly connected. For example, your actual kindle devices and also your iPads and iPhones, which have the Kindle reader app on them. Once you have checked that allowed the devices are connected, you can then go back to the center, kindle app and drop your file onto the air. So I'm going to send my book. Howard Carter in the search for tooting car moon like so And as soon as you add your file to the center kindle app, you are presented with the details of your book on the different devices that you can send your book to. So I shall send the book to my Kindle fire my iPad on my third my phone. I could also save the book to the Amazon Cloud drive if I wanted, but I shall leave that take books. UnTech Once you've ticked all the devices that you want to send the book to, you can press the send button and you will then be presented with a little orange progress bar showing you that send a kindle is up loading the document to your devices. Okay, so that is basically sent to kindle in a nutshell. Thank you for watching. And I'll speak to you soon. Life now