The EPUB format for e-books

The EPUB format for e-books

EPUB is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The letters EPUB merely stand for electronic publication and the files have the extension “.epub”. Incidentally, you’ll also see it referred to as ePub, ePUB, EPub, or epub. EPUB is effectively the main standard for e-book formats, which is why […]

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Best-selling books?

When you ask most people what makes a book a best-seller their answers tend to be influenced by the big successes of recent time. So, for example, the Harry Potter books are often cited. In reality the situation is actually quite complicated – some would say misleading. At any one time there are a number […]

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Why e-books often cost more – but not at The Endless Bookcase

This is a big subject so this blog is probably the first of a series. People often ask me, “Why are e-books so expensive and why do they often cost more than paper books?” I hasten to add that this is not the case at The Endless Bookcase, where e-book editions are always less expensive […]

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The reasons why good books can fail to sell

This is the start of a series of blogs that will be announced via twitter @endlessbookcase. Note that the title says “good books”; there are plenty of rubbishy books that will never sell (although even bad books do sell sometimes, but that’s another story). The idea behind this series of blogs is to help authors […]

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eBook File Basics

The most widely adopted format for eBook files is ePub which is the international standard. ePub files can be read using FREE APPs on PCs, Macs, iOS and Android. Most specialist eBook reader devices are designed to work with ePub files. ePub files can also be loaded onto KDP for use on Amazon's proprietary Kindle devices. ePub files are normally produced from files already created for the production of paper editions, with Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files being a very popular source.

A common misunderstanding

Ebooks are not just like electron copies of paper books as you would get from a scanner. Unlike printed books which have fixed dimensions and a sequence of pages, ebooks have a variable format and don't actually have pages in the conventional sense. They are akin to websites where what you see on the screen depends on a number of factors especially the kind of device and software you are using. This provides great flexibility for the reader. For example, a person with poor eyesight can switch to a large font size. For this reason it is unwise to attempt to force a fixed format on an ebook's contents with the exception of images which need to preserve their own proportions.

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