For the CMWP task level 2.
About ebook phenomenon, I strongly perceive that while I see people reading on iphone,ipad, kindle and laptop in train, subway, aircraft, ship, street, park and everywhere. The USA Today surveyed authors, publishers, and several of reading public to see that their thoughts were on the ebook phenomenon. Stephen King, who says he does nearly one-third of his own reading on an iPad or Kindle. An estimated 4 million U.S. homes have an e-book reader such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook, according to Forrester Research, which predicts sales of more than 29 million devices by 2015. ( See more details on <http://www.examiner.com/article/weighing-on-the-ebook-phenomenon> )
I am a fan of kindle ebook reading device, and I’ve been using my kindle paperwhite approximately one year. Since I started to use kindle and buy ebook from amazon.com (amazon.cn more often), What surprises me is that I expand my reading time roughly 4 times as much as before, and loads of my money is saved. Then I realized that the traditional print industry is increasingly shrinking because of the internet, mobile technology, and change of distribution. It really triggers my curiosity, is it much easier if I make an ebook by myself and publish it via internet ? Having seen some guidance about making ebook, I know how to do it be myself.
Firstly, to make an ebook, you must write something. Check The 7 habits of highly effective writers for writing better. After that, you need to design, format and convert your ebook, and you have to choose editing a fixed layout ebook or a standard ebook. Standard eBook employs real-time flowable text so you can read it on any eReader and adjust the font size and style to fit your reading preferences. Fixed layout ebook may be the better solution if you want to preserve the qualities of the printed page, because its content is fixed, but it is different from a PDF file as it can make use of enhanced interactive features. The advantage of fixed layout is that you’re in complete control of the experience. If you choose to edite standard ebook ( ePUB format), you have to know that although there is no fixed pagination, you still can designate where you want page breaks. You should insert a page break at the end of every chapter, before anything that must start on a new “page,” choose “Break” from the “Insert” pulldown menu, scroll over to “Page Break” in Microsoft Word . When you finish your writing, you need to convert your PDF, Word document, HTML doc or InDesign file to ePub format, there are some converting service: <http://au.blurb.com/ebook>, <http://www.bookbaby.com/> . The Bookbaby can publish your ebook to 11 ebook stores, including Apple iBook, Amazon Kinde, Nook.etc. Also you can freely download a software called Calibre, which is relatively easy to use and does a good job of converting from many standard formats to the top eBook formats.
To publish your ebook, you need an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), which is a unique 13-digit code assigned to your book to identify it amongst all the others in the digital marketplace. A self-published author can buy just one ISBN for $125. BookBaby.com sells ISBNs for $19 each!