I offer most kinds of book formats in order to maximise your sales. For a printed paperback I usually go for a print ready PDFX-1A format. Now this is only ONE of the formats you need to give your book the maximum publicity in order to sell copies. I use various Print on demand firms (POD), who only print copies when orders come in. The days of stockpiling 500 copies in a garage or warehouse are well and truly over.
The next two might get a little technical but bear with me:-
There are two electronic formats that can be viewed on tablets. The first is FIXED LAYOUT which can be viewed on an IPAD. Fixed-layout eBooks are often used for projects where the page layout is more complicated than a single column of text or where there is a need for absolutely placed content. Common examples of the use of fixed-layout eBooks are for cookery books, company reports, illustrated children’s titles and technical publications. On a fixed layout the file does not change from what is in your software layout.
The most common fixed-layout eBook formats are:
- ePUB3 for Apple, Google and Kobo
- PagePerfect for Barnes & Noble.
- PDF for paperbacks using Createspace
ePUB can be used in all major retail channels and devices including Apple’s iPad and iPhone, B&N’s Nook, Kobo, Google Play and OverDrive.
The next and last file is a REFLOWABLE file, Also known as fluid eBooks, reflowable formats are the most common type of eBook and are suitable for publications that are mainly text and have fairly simple page layout.
- Only supports simple page layout – no multi-column or absolutely positioned content.
- I have no control over orphans and widows which frustrates the hell out of me. You can control the text size, font, line spacing and margins so the amount of visible content will differ between devices and from person to person.
- Limited support for embedding specific fonts.
The most common reflowable eBook format is:
- Mobi for Amazon Kindle