Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Create your own paperback and ebook

In our May meeting, Bob Sanchez gave a presentation entitled Create your own paperback and ebook. In case you missed it, here is the handout.

Create your own paperback and ebook


-- How and why to use CreateSpace
-- How to create an ebook


-- Editing is complete

Important links

Publish paperback on CreateSpace
Publish on Kindle
Convert your file to PDF
Download free Mobipocket Reader and Creator
Free publication and distribution of ebooks


Why use CreateSpace:

-- Free or low cost
“Pro” Plan $39
ISBN free
-- Quality
-- Control
-- Quick turnaround
-- Set your own price
Sign in or sign up for free
-- POD

Possible pitfalls:
-- Work
-- Need high quality images

Sample CreateSpace documents
-- Border Tapestry
-- Little Mountain

Workflow for a paperback
  1. Go to createspace.com.
  2. Set up a free account and log in.
  3. Read all the blah-blah, especially about the Cover Creator.
  4. Click on Start a title for free. A Member Dashboard displays.
Read the blah-blah, then click Start a title for free.

The Member Dashboard displays. Add your new title or check on your progress. 
This is your status page.

When you add a title, a page displays where you give the title, the author, verify your right to publish, and various other information.

Note: You need to upload two PDF files to CreateSpace: one for the interior and one for the cover.

Super important: Before and after you upload files, check the formatting from beginning to end. This also applies to ebooks.

Creating an ebook

For Kindle

Sign in with your Amazon account. You can create a free account.
Click on Add a new title and follow instructions from there.

Note: Don’t have a Kindle? Download their free Kindle app at http://amazon.com/KindleForPC.

For Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony, & more

For Blackberries and such

Go to http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft and follow instructions.


  1. This is very interesting info, Thank You, I can use this.

  2. This is a good common sense article. Very helpful to one who is just finding the resources about this part. It will certainly help educate me.