Category Archives: Ebook Conversion

How do I view my eBook on my Computer?

We often get asked, how can I view an ebook on a computer?  If you don’t have a mobile device or if you just like a larger screen size there are a lot of options for opening eBooks on your computer. What program you use will very on the type of file you have (.ePub or .Mobi) and your computer. The first question is, what type of computer do you have? Programs vary from PC to Mac. Let us help you find the most efficient for your needs.

If you have a PC…

EPUB:

Epub files are the industry standard file format for ipads and almost every other ereader besides the kindle, one great option is to use Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe provides a free desktop application for viewing ebooks on your computer called Digital Editions. We have included the link here. Once the application is downloaded and installed, Open the application, click file then add item to library. Navigate your computer to find your Epub eBook file, click add, then double click the book you added to view it.

MOBI:

If you have a .Mobi file which is for kindle devices, we recommend Kindle previewer software.

Amazon developed an application to view Kindle files on your Mac or PC. Here is the download page. When the application is downloaded and installed, open it, click “Open Book” then navigate your computer to find your .Mobi ebook file. 

If you have a Mac…

EPUB:

To view an ePub file on a Mac, you don’t have to download anything. Simply download the ePub file then right click and select “Open with…” and select iBooks. Easy as pie.

MOBI:

Same as with the PC, the Kindle previewer software is your best bet.

Amazon developed an application to view Kindle files on your Mac or PC. Here is the download page. When the application is downloaded and installed, open it, click “Open Book” then navigate your computer to find your .Mobi ebook file.

There are many options of eBook previewers out there, we find these to be the most accurate. Any previewer will not read the files as accurately as the actual device. Here at Convert a Book, we optimize your files for the devices, so there may still be a few things that look a bit different when you view the previewer.

Feel free to ask us any questions you would like to about opening eBook files!

OCR – А Сараblе Соnvеrtеr

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Маnу sоftwаrе modules аrе сараblе of соnvеrtіng vаrіоus types of files into eBooks. But ОСR, or Optical Character Recognition, software іs taking digital file conversion to the next level. Тhіs software makes it possible to take scans of your dосumеnts and physical books and turn them into easy-to-access eBooks. The software reads thе wrіttеn lаnguаgе аnd translates іt іntо a document extension. This is a skill set unique to OCR software.

Besides the accuracy of the conversion, OCR software is great for post-conversion editing. Other software would require you to reconvert the file, but a converted OCR file can be edited after the fact.

OCR technology is especially relevant in a world where eBooks are quickly gaining popularity. It would take weeks to retype a book, manuals, textbooks, cookbooks and other text-based documents and weeks more to perform a file conversion. All of that can now be done quickly and easily with an OCR conversion.

Pre-OCR, converting illustrated books or other image-heavy documents (magazines, training manuals, etc.) was a nightmare. OCR has made all of these conversions not only possible, but much simpler, and with a little time image-heavy document conversions can now be done much more quickly and conveniently.

At Convert a Book, we specialize in OCR conversions. We offer not only basic OCR services, but also Quality Assurance and editing services to ensure that your eBook is top quality. Despite the fact that OCR technology is sophisticated, various spacing and spelling errors are possible. All authors know how detrimental these small issues can be to the credibility of your work. We have a team specifically dedicated to finding and fixing these errors before they become a problem. What are you waiting for? Convert your book to an eBook today!

 

Why and How you Digitize your Books

Are you interested in making your book into an eBook, but not sure if it is worth the trouble? Books are wonderful, timeless, and magical, but more and more new and independent authors are selling books online. Did you know the blockbuster movie “The Martian” was originally a self-published book that was discovered online? The majority of Fifty Shades of Grey sales came from eBooks – they sold more than 1 million eBooks through Amazon alone. That set an Amazon record all because they digitized their book.

More and more authors are gaining recognition and boosting sales with eBooks. Making your books available to the digital world is vital to increasing exposure and building an audience base.

Another reason to add eBooks to your arsenal is the lack of overhead costs. Think about it — you pay for a one-time conversion, and that’s it. No buying boxes of books that sit in your garage forever. One file fits all — eBooks have an infinite download capacity. Bookstores have to keep their stock rotating and will only shelf your book for a certain period of time, but an eBook will be available on the online stores for as long as you want. You choose the price, the look, the vendor — essentially, everything.

Not only does an eBook give a wider audience access to your story, but it gives it to them immediately. Your readers won’t have to wait weeks to get a copy in the mail or for their local bookstore to get a shipment. If your audience loved your first book, they can buy and read your next the second it’s available. It keeps them captivated and the lower price points make it more affordable for them as well.

Here at Convert A Book, we specialize in digitizing physical book and turning it into a beautiful, professional ebook. We’ve worked with hundreds of self-published authors as well as large publishers, including HarperCollins and Random House, so you know we are a name you can trust. Just send us your book and we will take care of the rest.

Self Pub

To Self-Publish, or not to Self-Publish, that is the question.

Self-Publishing has not always had the most noble ring to it. It was the cop-out when one couldn’t get a traditional publisher to pick up your book. One thing is true, getting a publisher can be tricky and take years of rejection letters until someone see’s your books value. Simply look at this list of Authors who were rejected numerous times, yet are classics; staples in libraries.First edition cover of Catch-22

  • Kathryn Sockett, The Help (rejected 60 times)

  • Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead (rejected 12 times)

  • Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (rejected 22 times)

  • Mary Higgins Clark, first short story (rejected 40 times)

  • Robert Persig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (rejected 121 times)

And these are the authors who continued to pursue the traditional publishing route. There is a surprising list who didn’t, who gave up on publishers, and forged ahead on their own. People such as James Joyce, Beatrix Potter, Virginia Wolff, E.E. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau and more. So really, self-publishing has a long and distinguished history of authors and deserves some major respect.

We are now in the age where self-publishing is easier than ever. With eBooks you can skip the cost of printing and will never have to deal with running out of stock. Amazon reported in 2014 that one in every three eBooks sold by them is from a self-published author. Jamie McGuire, the New York Times bestseller with her book Beautiful Disaster, went the self-published route. When her book hit the top of the charts, publishers flocked to www.customessaysonline.org
her with great deals wanting to publish her books. She signed up to do two books with Atria Books. However, when that contract was over, she reverted to self-publishing. She went back not because the publishers didn’t want her, in fact she loved working with them. It was the freedom she missed, the ability to choose covers and sending out an expert of the forthcoming book.

But this isn’t about her, it’s about you.

So lets talk Pro’s and Con’s of ePublishing: Traditional vs Self

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This table from Forbes gives some good talking points.

First let’s start with Traditional Publishing.

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Con: It can take years for the validation to come to fruition. Sometimes up to three years before you see it in stores.

Pro: You get an advance so that you can live while you write your book. (Yay for grocery money!)

Con: The Publishers take a hefty percentage of your books sales so you end up making roughly 15% or less of what you sell.

Pro: They line up editors, artists and other skilled people to help make your book look way professional.

Con: They also (depending on your contract) can take your book in directions you don’t love, and it’s your baby dang it!

Pro: They will get you into bookstores and interviews.

Con: You will still be in charge of doing most of your marketing. It’s on the shelves, but its left to you to make them fly out the door.

So to sum it up, you pay for their experience. Not from your own pocket but from expected sales.

And here is why we believe in Self-Publishing.

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Pro: You get the freedom to do with your book what you wish!

Con: It does require more elbow grease.

Pro: Your book can be out in months, a much shorter timeline than years.

Con: Your audience won’t get that dramatic build up for years and years waiting unnecessarily for your next book.

Pro: You get to keep the majority of what you sell.

Con: Is more money ever a con?

Here at Convert a Book, our main focus is to give you as much say in how your book turns out as possible. After your book has been converted and gone through a 50 step Quality Assurance check, we go over it with you and go through a round of edits free of charge. On the distribution side, our goal is to help you build a relationship with the eBook stores. We make all accounts in your name so the money goes straight to you and we take nothing other than the upfront charge.

All forms of Publishing have Pro’s and Con’s and we would like to help you figure out what kind of publishing works best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to chat with us or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Business Card Books

BusinessCardIt is often taken for granted in our modern business world that one of the simplest and most valuable assets a professional can have is a well-made business card. In some regards, this has been the case for quite some time. Business cards have been in use since at least the 17th Century. What began as a method for wealthy aristocrats to announce their arrival in local towns evolved into a formal way for middle class people – using “social cards” – to formally introduce themselves while paying a house visit.  Continue reading