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A free, beautifully-simple tool to make e-books better.
A free, beautifully-simple tool to make e-books better.
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Okay, so maybe it's not an award-winning 9 minutes of film, but creating an entire e-book from start to finish in that time ain't too shabby.

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    1. Hol Art Books Creator on August 27, 2013

      Sally, I just tried copying a Word doc in with images, and while it did leave a blank box where the image was (which would help with placement) it really doesn't work to import the actual image in that way. A good idea for the Someday file though. And with PDFs, if you were to save each page as a JPG you could import those into People's E, but we don't otherwise handle PDFs raw.

      Rebecca, We're going to come up with some more definitive standards, but for now I kind of follow Apple's lead. All images can be screen resolution of 72ppi, and Apple asks for covers to be at least 1400px wide, and suggest interior images should be between 1200 and 600px wide. I tend to use 750 x 1000 myself, which also fits the iPad's 3:4 screen ratio.

      Brad, indeed, point taken. Thanks!

    2. Brad Dancer
      on August 27, 2013

      Thanks for the update! See what happens, people ask interesting questions. Maybe you should keep us up to date more often????

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      Rebecca Palmer on August 26, 2013

      Do you have recommendations for sizing the images?

    4. Sally Willard on August 26, 2013

      Could i create a book using a word document with images in the doc?
      Could I create a book using PDFs? if the "page" were an image, i'm assuming the E-Book will not be searchable as a book.

    5. Hol Art Books Creator on August 26, 2013

      Great questions!

      Dave, no .mobi for now, but it's on our list for future features. In the meantime, we'll be producing a tutorial on how to create a .mobi from your .epub. (For anyone who doesn't know, .mobi is the underlying file type for Amazon's Kindle.)

      Laurence, essentially yes. E-reading systems will automatically flow text to fit the system's requirements. So, if you have a long chapter of text, you'd put it into one "page" in the People's E-Book, and then that gets automatically paginated on the readers' end. The text would become more pages on a smaller smartphone screen, and less pages on a tablet.

      Wendy, this is part of what we're working on in our final stages. You can easily add an image to a page of text now, but placing that image in right location and getting it to size properly are still issues. (And yes, the source booklet is yet to come, thanks for waiting!)

      Deborah, we'd love to be able to help people with this, but it would be down the road a ways. There are a lot of administrative costs associated with ISBN and copyright registration that are, for now, beyond our reach. And first and foremost we wanted to focus on simplifying the *making* of e-books, before we tackled simplifying the *distribution* of them.

    6. Deborah Grant on August 26, 2013

      As with CreateSpace, do you help with ISDN registration? How about copyrights, any advice on that?

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      Wendy Bancroft on August 26, 2013

      In addition to the questions below, I'd like to see how easy it is to integrate graphics, video/audio into pages with text. (btw, never received my source booklet but assume you're waiting til all the bugs are worked out).

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      Laurence Chait on August 26, 2013

      Does imported word text automatically flow across multiple blank pages?

    9. Dave Conrey on August 26, 2013

      So no option for .mobi?