How to add images into your print and ebook (and why you shouldn’t…)

Quick post to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot recently: many people want to add images into their ebook. IF you want to do this, you need to make them at least 1200px wide – because they need to stretch full-width, and some devices like the Kindle HD Fires are 600DPI. So if…

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Authors beware: don’t hire that book formatter!

I was checking out a book cover designer’s portfolio, he has some great stuff and amazing prices. Obviously not the best, but learning, and pretty good, and cheap. But he’s also offering book formatting services; he has a portfolio of only 5 images, and they had these problems: There was a header on top of…

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Should you pay for Createspace Formatting?

I’m a big fan of Createspace publishing (over other choices like Lulu or IngramSpark). They make it easy, and cheap. But the design capabilities aren’t great. You’d think for all their billions of dollars they could make a decent book cover creator or interior formatting tool. But they haven’t. Instead they make money on book…

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How to format a book (with FREE templates and videos)

After being a book designer for several years, and having hundreds of clients ask me if I could do their formatting, I decided to learn how to do print layout for POD books. Basically, I needed to use MS Word or InDesign to layout a book for print with headers, chapter headings, title info, TOC…

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How to format a book for Createspace in MS Word

Microsoft Word isn’t ideally suited for print formatting or book design; however if you do it well, your book will be of high enough quality that readers won’t notice. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to do well. Microsoft Word is a fickle program, and you need to learn how to do everything the right way before…

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