How to Create Beautiful Ebooks
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How to Create Beautiful Ebooks

Create high-quality, professional ebooks using Sigil and other free tools, taught by an ebook developer.
4.1 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
446 students enrolled
Created by Sabrina Ricci
Last updated 2/2016
English
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
create professional ebooks
self publish
distribute and sell ebooks
formatting
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Requirements
  • Sigil (a free program)
Description

Create professional, high-quality ebooks, at no cost to you!

Using Sigil and other free tools, create and format your own beautiful ebooks. Don't know how to code? Not a problem! Learn how to easily make your own books to sell on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Apple, Google, etc. Taught by Sabrina Ricci, an indie author and ebook developer who has worked for Simon & Schuster, NBC Publishing, and The Experiment Publishing.

In this class, you will:

  • learn the basics of ebooks
  • use free tools to format your own books
  • professionally create books to sell on major retailer sites
  • get a bonus enhanced e-book with even more videos and content

How to Create Ebooks has tutorials, infographs, links to additional resources and more!

Please note: This course requires some work with HTML and CSS.

Who is the target audience?
  • authors
  • writers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 02:21:52
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Introduction to E-Books
4 Lectures 11:41
In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The topics covered in this e-book course
  • Why you should create your own e-books

Preview 01:08

In this lecture, you will learn

  • types of e-book formats
  • different devices for reading e-books

Preview 03:15

In this lecture, you will learn

  • differences between EPUB and MOBI
  • features of EPUB files, including audio and video
  • which e-readers and tablets can support EPUB3 functionality

EPUB vs. MOBI, or Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, Smashwords vs. Amazon
01:02

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The importance and benefits of a well formatted e-book
  • Why you shouldn't rely on tools that convert Word docs straight to EPUB
  • What a poorly made e-book looks like
  • What a high quality e-book looks like

Preview 06:16

Short questions covering the basics of e-books

The Basics of E-Books
4 questions
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The E-Book Marketplace
2 Lectures 06:36
In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The e-book retailers with the biggest marketshare in the U.S.
  • The e-book retailer marketshare worldwide
  • Why it's important to consider publishing on more than just Amazon
  • Which device most people will be reading on within the next year
  • The demographics of e-book readers, and their reading habits

E-Book Retail Channels
06:36

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The growth of self-publishing
  • Which self-publishing genres are most popular
  • How e-books are on the rise
  • Who reads self-published books
  • What four major companies specialize in self-publishing

The Self-Publishing Space
1 page

Selling E-Books
2 questions
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The Basics of EPUB
3 Lectures 05:50
Welcome to Section 3
00:31

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • Which files are required in an e-book
  • How an EPUB is structured

What's in an E-Book?
02:03

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The differences between EPUB2 (vanilla) and EPUB3 (enhanced)
  • The capabilities of EPUB3
Note: Currently no retailer fully supports EPUB3. Apple's iBooks is the major platform that is compatible with the most EPUB3 features, such as read aloud/media overlays, audio, and video. However, it does not fully support EPUB3 yet.

EPUB2 and EPUB3
03:16

Inside EPUB Files
2 questions
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Sigil
6 Lectures 39:08
In this lecture, you will learn:

  • Where to download the program Sigil
  • How to use Sigil

Using Sigil to Create High Quality E-Books
02:46

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The four components of the OPF file
  • How to arrange the order of your chapters
  • What code to include for Amazon

The OPF File
04:58

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The most used HTML tags for e-books
  • Common HTML files to include in e-books
  • How to add a cover to an e-book
  • How to easily insert content from a Word doc to an e-book

HTML Files in E-Books
14:46

In this lecture, you will learn how to easily add images to an e-book using Sigil.
 

Helpful tip: Make sure there are no spaces in your image name (ex: "image 1.jpg" should be "image1.jpg") or else the EPUB will not validate.

Images in E-Books
01:15

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to create a table of contents for Kindle devices
  • How to create a table of contents for Nook, ADE, etc.

Table of Contents/NCX File
04:00

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to style an e-book so it looks professional
  • The basics of CSS
  • Where to find code for more specific formatting (borders, margins, etc.)

Styling and Formatting E-Books Using CSS
11:23

Coding E-Books
3 questions
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You Created an E-Book, Now What?
2 Lectures 13:38
In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to validate an e-book so it works correctly on all devices
  • What tools to use to look for potential errors
Helpful tip: Use a different ISBN for each format (EPUB, MOBI, etc.)

Ensuring Apple Will Accept Your E-Book, or Validating EPUB Files
05:59

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • Which free tools to use to check the quality of your e-book
  • What to look for so readers don't complain

Last Step: Quality Assurance
07:39

Checking E-Books
3 questions
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Distributing and Selling E-Books
6 Lectures 54:31
In this lecture, you will learn:

  • The major platforms where you can upload and sell e-books
  • Why selling e-books on your own website helps your readers

Major Self-Publishing Platforms
01:10

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to upload an e-book to sell on Amazon
  • How choosing the right categories can increase your sales
  • How to add a cover to your Amazon book page
  • How to set the price for your book, and more

Amazon
13:13

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to submit an EPUB to sell and distribute via Smashwords
  • Specific requirements for using Smashwords
  • How to earn higher royalties by being selective with which retailers Smashwords distributes your book

Smashwords
10:41

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to fill out a Nook book sales page
  • The pros and cons of uploading an EPUB with Nook

Nook
08:32

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to upload and sell books on the Kobo platform
  • Features of Kobo Writing Life

Kobo
07:25

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • How to upload your EPUB, cover, and metadata to Apple's iBooks
  • How to add additional information to make your e-book stand out
  • How to edit and update your sales page on iBooks

Apple
13:30
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More Information and Free Resources
3 Lectures 00:36
In this lecture, you will have access to over 300 additional resources to help with digital self-publishing. These links fall under the following categories:

  • Apps
  • Collaboration and Freelance
  • Conferences
  • Design
  • Distributors (both free and paid)
  • E-Book Conversion Services (included just in case, but you won't need after this course!)
  • Funding
  • Industry News
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Reviews and Blog Tours
  • Writing and Other
Also included in the supplementary material is Self-Publishing Checklist, a companion guide to help you navigate through the resources.

A list of over 300 resources to help you self-publish e-books
8 pages

In this lecture, you will have access to an enhanced e-book with additional videos and more information on creating e-books, including other free tools to convert e-books. You will also have access to the sample EPUB code, mentioned in the previous lectures.
A free e-book with additional videos to help guide you in making e-books
00:19

Conclusion
00:16
About the Instructor
Sabrina Ricci
4.1 Average rating
30 Reviews
446 Students
1 Course
Author and E-Book Developer

Sabrina Ricci is a freelance writer and e-book developer, with a M.S. in publishing from New York University and a creative writing certificate, emphasis non-fiction from the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension program. Currently she freelances for IndieReader, she makes e-books for indie authors, and she keeps a blog, Digital Pubbing. She is also co-dinosaur obsessor at I Know Dino.

She has worked and written for a variety of publications, including LIFE.com, Santa Barbara Magazine, Noozhawk, Yahoo! Voices, eHow, and Examiner.com. And she has worked for the book publishers Random House, Simon & Schuster, NBC Publishing, and The Experiment Publishing.