How to make ebooks for the iPad: Part 1

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Blurb has two ways to help you make ebooks for the iPad. And we’ll tackle the first one this week, since it starts with the printed books you’ve already made. To begin, just go to your book’s Detail page and you’ll see a button that says “Create ebook for iPad.”

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Convert your book to an ebook

Clicking the “Create Ebook for iPad” button will automatically launch you into our easy, online ebook editor. Note that bigger books can take longer to convert. If your book has a lot of images, be patient, check your email, read some other fine articles from our blog. For many books, this is all you’ll have to do. However, some books may require a few adjustments as they make the transition from printed book to ebook. Here’s how you’ll do that:

1) Choose your font: Blurb has licensed a number of fonts for you to use with your ebooks royalty free. If your book wasn’t created with one of our ebook-licensed fonts, you’ll need to choose a substitute from this list:

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Choosing a substitute font

 

2) Check for warnings: If our ebook editor detects any issues that might keep your ebook from rendering correctly, you’ll see the warnings here. You can always ignore these warnings, but we recommend that you look through these carefully, since they can affect the formatting of your book.

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3) Fine tune: Need to change some text? Add text boxes? Resize images? Do it all here. Click on any portion of the book and edit with familiar tools. Text editing is particularly important if you had any warnings about text formatting.

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Click on any area of your book to edit

 

4) Create: Click “Create” and you’re on your way. Enter your title, subtitle, and author information. Then set your selling and preview options.

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Choose your pricing and start sharing

That’s it! Now start promoting it, sharing it, and putting it on your own iPad. In the coming weeks we’ll be showing you more ways to create ebooks for the iPad. So stay tuned.

 

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2 Comments

  1. This makes it all seem very straightforward, but I’m trying to convert an existing text-only book into an e.book and am having problems. When I go into the e.editor I have a ‘text overflow’ warning on every page. I’ve tried to click into the text to insert new page ends but nothing happens. How should I deal with text overflow?

    By Aldebaran
      February 14, 2013 – 9:09 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Aldebaran, I don’t know of an easy fix, but our Support Team can help you out. Contact them here: http://blur.by/YdcjqC

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      February 14, 2013 – 3:31 pm   Permalink

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