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If you have complex eBook creation and design needs, trust eBook Architects — technical know-how combined with an understanding of the realities of distribution! They are responsive, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. We always know that anyone we refer to eBook Architects for their eBook design needs will be happy with the results.

Tara Hagman, Director of Customer Services for BookBaby

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Working with eBook Architects is a joy. The Concourse system was seamless to use, allowing me to communicate easily and work directly with the design team. My products are beautifully formatted, and I am eternally grateful.

Laura Shabott
Author of “Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know Before They Publish on the Internet”
www.laurashabott.com

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After deciding to publish our first Kindle product, Washington State RoadAtlas, we found the formatting process had many limitations most undocumented. Joshuas experience with the formatting techniques was essential in getting our product completed. He was incredibly helpful in solving key navigation problems making our product unique to any product on the Kindle. Joshua provided excellent direction and creative solutions. I would recommend him for anyone try to publish to the Kindle.

Sean Breyer
Kindle Publishing Manager
Rand McNally

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Joshua Tallent’s excellent Kindle Formatting service saved me days of frustration. I’m an author with intermediate computer skills, and thought I’d be able to tackle the Kindle techno-challenge myself. Wrong. It was important to me to have my book looking as perfect in the Kindle edition as it does in print, and despite my best efforts I couldn’t master the little detailsthe ones that make a difference. Joshua responded immediately to my Email cry for help, and (after receiving a clean copy of my manuscript in word.doc form) completed the work in an hour and a half. Talent comes in many forms, but if it’s technical Kindle talent you’re seeking, Joshua Tallent is the man. He has a black belt in Kindle Formatting.

Robin Meloy Goldsby
Author of RHYTHM: A Novel

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As you can guess, before “meeting” you guys, I had my “little house of horrors” experience with another company… Literallynearly 300 corrections in the first 40 pages… and they had told me that the conversion was 95% complete AFTER STILL HAVING MY BOOK 6 MONTHS!… You guys set the bar high and do fantastic work!

Rico Racosky
Author of Just 2 Choices

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I got my first Goodreads.com review of The Wedding Party. I thought you would be interested to see how happy the reader was with your work. In the final review he wrote:

The Biblical references, commentary, and attributions to other works are covered in Kindle-friendly endnotes. (Sooo refreshing when notes are appropriately linked — unlike way too many Kindle works!).

Keep up the good work!

Phil Rosenbaum
Author of The Wedding Party

FAQs

Is it a good idea to put my Table of contents at the end of my eBook?

Some people do this to increase the size of the free samples automatically generated by the eBook retailers. However, the Kindle and other devices will re-set the “last read location” to the end of the book if you have your Table of Contents there, so we normally recommend against that practice.

What is the difference between HTML5 and XHTML5?

HTML5 is the latest version of the HTML standard used on the Web and in eBooks. XHTML5 is a stricter and cleaner version of HTML5, with rules from XML imposed on the code. For example, when a tag is opened it has to be closed, and all of the tags have to be properly nested. XHTML5 allows the code to be more easily interpreted by the display engine, and it keeps the code more consistent and easier to edit.

I have heard you can’t use color in eBooks. Is that correct?

No, that is absolutely incorrect. eBooks look great with color, and we highly recommend using color images and even colored text (within reason) in your eBook files. Some devices have grayscale eInk screens, so the color will not show up on those devices. However, the color will be in the file, and it will work on all of the color devices. We do recommend you test colored text on a device with an eInk screen and ensure that the text will not be too light to read.

Do you need to have a separate ISBN for each version of the eBook for different companies?

Technically, yes. See an extended answer on our ISBNs page.

What is KindleGen?

KindleGen is Amazon’s eBook creation/compiling program. It is used on the KDP website to auto-convert files uploaded into the Kindle store, and it is also integrated into the Kindle Previewer program to handle the conversion of non-Kindle files loaded in that program. You can download KindleGen and get access to other Kindle creation information at amazon.com/kindlepublishing.

What is a fixed layout eBook?

Fixed Layout eBooks are HTML-based eBook files that are usually designed to match the layout of a print book. The key difference between fixed layout files and reflowable files is that reflowable eBooks allow the reader to have more control over the reading experience, such as changing the font size, background color, etc. For more information, please see our Fixed Layout Children’s and Non-Fiction pages.

Does Amazon sell HTML files or only Kindle?

Amazon only sells eBooks in the Kindle format, but that format, just like ePub, is built using HTML and CSS files.

How is fixed layout different from a pdf of the book?

Fixed layout eBooks are built using HTML, so they have more functionality than PDF files. For example, the narration overlay functionality used in many children’s eBooks is not possible in PDF files. In addition, none of the eBook retailers sell PDFs, so fixed layout eBook files offer the best sales opportunities.

A university librarian told me they are not acquiring any Kindle books but only HTML5/ePub. Have you found that to be common with other libraries? I know our local public library does buy Kindle books.

Libraries acquire their eBooks from services like 3M and Overdrive. These services sometimes offer an option for Kindle checkouts, but typically they are limited to ePub files because of the more common use of the Adobe DRM.

Has the Kindle format gotten any more sophisticated in how it handles tables or floating images?

Yes, Amazon’s Kindle Format 8 has support for many great design features, including floating images, tables, color text, embedded fonts, and more.

How are page numbers handled in an eBook?

Print book page numbers are included in the HTML code of both the Kindle and ePub formats as anchors. They are also listed in the PageList section of the NCX or Navigation file. The PageList is used by some reading systems (like the Kindle and iBooks) to show the reader the print page numbers of the book as they read.

How are page headers created in eBook files?

The different reading systems control what shows up in the header of your eBook. Most will display the title of the book, and some will also display the author name. That text cannot currently be set to display the chapter name or other information about where the reader is currently reading in the text.

How do eBooks handle hyphenation of long words?

Some eBook reading systems will apply hyphenation to longer words to make the text better fit on the screen. This is typically controlled by the reading system, and will change depending on the font size and other settings the reader has set on their device.

What about protecting the file?

eBook file protection is called Digital Rights Management (DRM). Please see our DRM page for information on how it works and suggestions on how to use it.

Can I sell my eBooks on my own website?

Yes! You are certainly able to sell your eBooks on your own website. For more information, please see this page.