Thursday, March 15, 2012

NOOK formatting guide now available!!

If you liked my Kindle formatting book, you should check out my new Nook formatting book:

Format Your eBook for Nook in Four Hours





73 chapters and 4 appendices! Check out the full table of contents below.

Yep, it takes a lot longer than formatting for Kindle, and is much more annoying. But if you've got the guts you can do it yourself and save $75-$150 that you might otherwise spend on professional formatting.

Plus, the intermediate NovelCleanup.docx file that you create in this guide is compatible with Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour 2012 Edition. So, you can do a bunch of work once that works for each platform. Of course, there is more work that you must do for each.

The guidebook includes a link to a zip file that contains a bunch of template files for the following ePUB files:

·         mimetype

·         \META-INF\container.xml

·         \OEBPS\Abouttheauthor.html

·         \OEBPS\Acknowledgments.html

·         \OEBPS\Books.html

·         \OEBPS\ChapterTemplate.html

·         \OEBPS\content.opf

·         \OEBPS\CoverPage.html

·         \OEBPS\DedicationPage.html

·         \OEBPS\stylesheet.css

·         \OEBPS\TableofContents.html

·         \OEBPS\TitlePage.html

·         \OEBPS\toc.ncx

With the debut of this new guide, I've also created a forum where you can ask questions about each of my formatting books: http://www.derekjcanyon.com/phpBB3/index.php

Format Your eBook for Nook in Four Hours is currently available on Kindle. I'll be publishing it for Nook within a couple weeks.

One annoying thing about the conversion tools for Nook is that they often mess up the page breaks. My formatting book fixes that problem. Each one of your chapters will start on a fresh new page with nice white space above the title.

If you use this guide, your novel will be formatted for Nook like my novels, The Elemental Odyssey and Where Magic Reigns.

Here's what your pages will look like:







Here's the table of contents:

Chapter 1: Do not buy this book if...
Chapter 2: Why you should buy this book
Chapter 3: Introduction
Chapter 4: Isn’t this book the same as Derek’s other formatting book?
Chapter 5: Why not just sell both sets of instructions in one guidebook?
Chapter 6: Contacting Derek
Chapter 7: What your book will look like
Chapter 8: How long will this really take?
Chapter 9: Tools and files you’ll need
Chapter 10: What else you’ll need – patience!
Chapter 11: Instructions and conventions
Chapter 12: Overview of the entire process
Chapter 13: Show file extensions in Windows Explorer
Chapter 14: Overview of the ePUB file structure
Chapter 15: Download the template files to your computer
Chapter 16: Save your novel file to the working folder
Chapter 17: Save your cover image
Chapter 18: Overview of the OPF file
Chapter 19: Update the <metadata> section of the OPF file
Chapter 20: Update the ID line of the <metadata> section of the OPF file
Chapter 21: Update the <manifest> section of the OPF file
Chapter 22: Optional: Add more images to the OPF file manifest section
Chapter 23: Update the <spine> section of the OPF file
Chapter 24: Done editing the OPF file
Chapter 25: Overview of the NCX file
Chapter 26: Update the <head> section of the NCX file
Chapter 27: Update the title and author sections of the NCX file
Chapter 28: Overview of the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 29: Delete extra chapters from the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 30: Add extra chapters to the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 31: Fix the end matter sections in the <navPoint> sections of the NCX file
Chapter 32: Edit chapter titles in the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 33: Done editing the NCX file
Chapter 34: Take a break!
Chapter 35: Overview of updating the front matter files
Chapter 36: Edit the cover page
Chapter 37: Edit the title page
Chapter 38: Edit the dedication page
Chapter 39: Edit the table of contents page
Chapter 40: Overview of cleaning up your Word document
Chapter 41: Delete the front matter from your Word document
Chapter 42: Remove double spaces from your Word document
Chapter 43: Remove blank lines from your Word document
Chapter 44: Clean up italics leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 45: Clean up bold text leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 46: Clean up underlined text leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 47: Overview of replacing Word formatting with code tags
Chapter 48: Replace the & (ampersand) character with XML code
Chapter 49: Replace greater than and less than characters with code in your Word document
Chapter 50: Add paragraph tags to your Word document
Chapter 51: Fix problems with bulleted lists
Chapter 52: Fix problems with numbered lists
Chapter 53: Tell Word to use straight quotes instead of curly quotes
Chapter 54: Fix lonely paragraph close tags in your Word document
Chapter 55: Delete extra paragraph tags from your Word document
Chapter 56: Add code for centered paragraphs in your Word document
Chapter 57: Optional: Add carriage returns
Chapter 58: Add tags for all the italic text in your Word document
Chapter 59: Add tags for all the bold text in your Word document
Chapter 60: Add tags for all the underlined text in your Word document
Chapter 61: Replace other special characters with code
Chapter 62: Optional: Add more images to your novel
Chapter 63: Tell Word to go back to using curly quotes
Chapter 64: Done editing the Word doc
Chapter 65: Copy chapters from Word document into HTML files
Chapter 66: Edit Acknowledgments page
Chapter 67: Edit the About the Author page
Chapter 68: Create the Books By page
Chapter 69: Done formatting your ebook!
Chapter 70: Compress your source files into an ePUB file
Chapter 71: Validate your EPUB file
Chapter 72: Fix validation errors
Chapter 73: Review your novel in PubIt’s review window and Publish!
Appendix A: Efficiency shortcuts in Windows
Appendix B: Efficiency shortcuts in Word
Appendix C: Troubleshooting
Appendix D: Nook formatting resources on the web


So, don't wait! Go see what all the excitement is about! Buy Format Your eBook for Nook in Four Hours now and get your novel up on Barnes and Noble!






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