I am often asked this question. Most writers use Microsoft Word as their writing medium of choice. However, once their masterpiece is created, they face a tangled path of choices about how to turn that manuscript into a finished eBook.
For example, if this is an author's very first eBook and they have no experience or knowledge of internet publishing, what do they do? Many move straight to using one-stop shops like Amazon's KDP that take their word document, create the eBook and publish it straight onto the sales platform. There's a lot to be said for this, too.
However, once the author wants to start selling on Google Play, iBooks, Nook or similar they will probably need to be able to have multiple file varieties at hand, and then the fun starts. Sensible questions to consider include:
1. Does the author pay someone to create all of these files for them?
2. Is it technically possible for the average IT user to do it themselves?
3. Should the author use an online converter or download conversion software?
4. Will doing it themselves cost money or can they do it for free?
This before questions of protecting eBooks from piracy, whether and how to own ISBNs and which platforms to pursue, to name but three.
I recently faced this dilemma. My novel, The Secret Alchemist, is featuring in a Rafflecopter giveaway over on Facebook that starts on the 15th of June. I needed to be able to supply a secure copy of the eBook and decided to go that step further and supply a .mobi file rather than pdf.
Deciding what to do next wasn't easy. I investigated online converters and downloadable software, and after several false starts came across jutoh, downloadable software that can create .ePub, .Mobi, Html and other files, all straight from Microsoft Word. I also discovered a fabulous YouTube video that, quite simply, made the process speedy and painfree. Within one day I have produced formatted EPub and Mobi files, and that includes checking them against Nook and Kindle previewers to ensure that the files meet their standards.
This won't be for everyone. For a start, the jutoh software costs around £28 (though the previewers in Kindle and Nook are free). But, I now know that I can now create many more publications and take control of the publishing and sales process.
I don't work for jutoh and this is just my personal experience. However, the software and the YouTube video have been incredibly useful to me, and I give both of them 5*. What's important is that you pick what is right for you: whatever you do, and whichever route you take, I wish you publishing success.
jutoh software from Anthemion Software: http://www.jutoh.com/
YouTube video by India Drummond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3lvhRpJrIg
rafflecopter giveaway by BookRhythm: https://www.facebook.com/events/782985328402150/