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How do I use Google AdWords to lead potential readers to my WattPad story?

I have a 90k word story that I want to publish on WattPad, and I plan to "religiously" follow all their promotion guides. I don't see using Google AdWords anywhere in the guide. How can I ...
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Text size on images for pdf ebooks

I have designed an ebook using very specific formatting and graphics that need to be maintained. As such, I am converting the individual pages into image files, and then publishing the complete book ...
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Does any self-publishing platform support free on-line reading?

I am self-publishing a secondary textbook. In order for my local state to allow schools to purchase the physical textbook and use it in their classrooms, I'm legally required to make an on-line ...
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Do you have to pay a fee for Web Content Accessibility (WCA) before Amazon accepts your ebook?

Below is the letter Sketprofs sent me. Any information about this would be greatly appreciated. Hello Brett, This is to inform you that we will have to take your E-book off from Amazon due to non-...
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Do I have to attribute Apache font license when using it for e-book and print book?

I'm currently in the process of writing a book, and I'm using mostly OFL fonts in it, but I also find some Apache licensed fonts very attractive and would like to use them. The condition for using ...
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Self publish with Hebrew fonts

I am trying to self-publish my master's thesis which contains a decent bit of Hebrew. So far, I have tried Kindle Create, Vellum, and Apple Books for Authors, none of which seem to allow Hebrew fonts. ...
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Problem with size image?

I planning to publish a children book "As a book & ebook" with images. I choose Landscape 9x7 for it. Now, I got some bad news that this will not fit ebook style. My image size is 2700*...
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What matters more when it comes to book covers? Is it ‘professional quality’ or relevancy?

This is a sort of follow up to my previous question. It is generally understood that covers matter a great deal in terms of getting people to click on a fiction eBook and check out its blurb and ...
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How to add individual citations or copyrights to an eBook?

I'm compiling my first book. In this book, I have translated several legends, fairytales, and stories of my country (El Salvador). Most of them are loosely based on different books, blogs, newspapers, ...
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Where best to insert images using Scrivener for ebook/kindle etc

My father wrote a book in Word and I have edited/formatted it so it looks clean in PDF, but now I know that was a bad idea because when we put the book on Kindle all the formatting was lost and the ...
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Standard Margins for 6x9 Size Book

I'm editing/formatting a book for a client and I've run into a bit of a technical issue--I've never formatted a book for print before and I can't seem to find the answer to the following question: ...
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Writing a Non Fiction: Need to Format a Continuous Side Bar

I am writing a novel with two stories simulatenously running alongside each other. That is, on each page there is a main story, taking the body of the page, and there is a 'side story' which runs ...
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What should I know to publsh a new paperback from KDP

For the past few days I have had zero access to CreateSpace; nothing else under createspace.com has given me a webpage, even an error page. What is going on now? How good or bad are Amazon KDP for ...
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What about pictures in a story book

I am looking for feedback on the idea of including pictures in a fantasy story e-book to be sold on Amazon. The book is not a graphic novel as it has over 60,000 words spread across 15 chapters. There ...
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Release for book of interviews

I would like to write an ebook in which I ask people to share their experiences in a specific topic. Where can I find a good release for these people to sign? Do I have to pay the interviewee? ...
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How can you start writing multi-author collaborative book?

We are a group of people who want to write collaborative a book, but since we are based in different locations, how can we go on with our writing? Can you suggest a writing tool that might help us ...
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Dealing with Amazon Kindle where clueless behavior has been consistent

I have had half a dozen iterations with Amazon, and am still not seeing a clue. My Kindle collection, including C.J.S. Hayward: The Complete Works, is by physical construction converted from ...
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Can I self-publish a paperback through Amazon KDP, but make the e-book available elsewhere?

I have self-published a paperback and Kindle version of a book on Amazon KDP. For the paperback, I got a free ISBN from KDP. My question is, can I also publish a free e-book version somewhere else, ...
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How do I program a game for an ereader? [closed]

I have a question that relates to this one: I want to write a Choose Your Own Adventure styled e-book, what's a good approach? I have made CYOA games in various programming languages. Now I want ...
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Payment questions around joint publishing ebook over Kindle [closed]

I have a question specifically about ebook self publishing payments. I am writing a book jointly, 50-50 with a partner. I read somewhere that Amazon Kindle pays per store front. However, there will ...
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Fees questions around self publishing ebook over Kindle [closed]

I have a question about Kindle ebook self-publishing payments. And yes, I realize how hard it will be to get to this stage but I'm forever the optimist! Basically, I'm trying to work out if it is ...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

I'm a part-time writer, still working on my novel (with a long term goal to make a living as a writer). My partner is also a writer, full time, with a couple dozen novels in ebook format, who makes a ...
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Page numbering. Empty pages for notes include in page numbering?

I have a few questions about the page numbering of the last few pages of my book. I have a section with further resources. It contains one page with information about a site and three more pages with ...
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Will people not want to download my book if it's put up on sale for free?

A lot of people say that putting your book up to be sold on sites such as Amazon for free will boost your sales, but I'm really skeptical. Won't that put readers off--thinking that something must be ...
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Would writers expct individual ebook format sales?

A writer has created a book. That book was translated into two ebook formats. For the purpose of this question, let's say Kindle MOBI and the more general EPUB. A reader has logged into a website ...
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Is it better to self-publish or get a real publisher for a 100page humor/comedy ebook?

I plan on writing an ebook that's exactly 100 pages in length. This book will be comedy, basically my humorous take on situations. I think it's adequate as an ebook since ideally you'll read a page ...
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Getting paid from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing while maximizing profits

I'm writing my first book now and my idea is to publish it on Amazon KDP as an ebook. Let's be real, I'm no Shakespeare, so I'm expecting modest sales. I want to maximize the profit and there are a ...
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Can you publish an ebook as an Editor of someone else's writing under a pen name/pseudonym?

I have a collection of short notes and letters from someone I knew (who gave me permission to publish or share the writings) and I'm thinking if I can self-publish them as an ebook as "Editor" under a ...
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Publishing an e-Textbook

My father is a professor at a local university, and he writes his own textbooks. He wants to start self-publishing them in an e-book format. The issue is that he wants to publish them so that the ...
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Copyright of a book which is out of print

I have a question on a book which its last edition was published about 50 years ago and its author died about 47 years ago. Now it is out of print. The last edition of the book I am interested was ...
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Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

How can I boost sales of my Kindle ebook? I published it on 28 August 2016 and since then only seven copies sold. So any suggestions? What should I do? I shared it on my social-networking page but ...
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Bibliography/Citation when writing a book

When writing a book, how does bibliography work? Can I just list all the resources used at the end in a "Bibliography" section? If so, do I need to put the exact pages that I used? Also, do I need ...
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Is a QR card linked to the PDF of a book a good idea?

This is a publishing question. The idea is: someone with a smartphone gets the card, scans the QR code printed on it, and downloads the PDF of your book off the web. I would have thought that a PDF ...
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Is same content different titles allowed (or sensible)?

In the software world, it's easy to do A/B testing where a website introduces two versions of the same information to test which one users prefer. I'm wondering if it's possible to do something ...
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Choice of format for publishing to Kindle

I am planning to publish on Kindle and wish to make it tightly fitted to their process and formats. There seem to be two main choices for eBook format: AZW, the older standard, and KF8, the newer ...
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How do I get my ebook advertised for free?

I have an ebook published on Amazon and that was free. How can I advertise it without spending money?
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When to start submission campaign for a free ebook referencing another book?

Recently I published my book "New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician" with Lulu and started an AdWords ad campaign for this book. There were zero sales and I decided to put the ebook online for ...
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Use Pen Name after Blunder?

Three years ago I published a novel on Kindle. 10K free copies went out before I realized the text was vertical! It is still quite painful to recall. I unpublished it, got a new cover, waited 6 ...
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What "formats" are there for eBooks?

I was reading This answer and came across this section in it (emphasis mine): In addition to selling via the big eBook outlets, offer sale of DRM-free (but watermarked, if you like) ebooks in ...
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Do I have to pay royalties when I use research information?

I'm in the process of writing my very first book and I'd like to use the internet for research information. However, I don't want to do anything wrong. I realize I need to list the source of my info ...
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Discouraging link to Lulu or CreateSpace

I am finishing writing a non-fiction (religious) e-book. It looks like for me that the most effective way to market my writings is to advertise it with AdWords and sell as e-book directly through ...
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Do many people print e-books?

Should I optimize my nonfiction e-book for screen viewing or for printing? Does it make sense to optimize a e-book for printing, do many people really print e-books?
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Do I really need disclaimers?

I write non fiction books about computer science and security (Zzz) but with the security bits in particular, do I really need to put a disclaimer saying "hey don't go hack the government" on my ...
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What size should images in eBooks be?

I'm creating an ebook that has images in it. What size / resolution should images in an ebook be?
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How do I add an ISBN to Calibre ebook?

I downloaded Calibre two days ago. According to the Calibre user manual (website): Click the book you want to edit and then click the Edit metadata button or press the E key. A dialog opens that ...
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Does a writing medium exist which preserves reading order but also allows commenting and editing?

I'm looking for a medium or a type of live book that's somewhat like a wiki or a blog, but with linear order, like a book. What I mean by this is, paper books and ebooks are arranged by the author so ...
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How to format and where to place the "thanks" section for websites in a book?

I just finished a "long" short story. And I want to include a section where I thanks Writers SE for the writing advice and Scribophile for the critiques and feedback. How is that properly done? What'...
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For Sci-Fi books, what is the purchasing split between regular and ebooks?

I can get the data for ALL books. But can anyone direct me to regular/ebook purchasing data broken down by genre (specifically sci-fi)?
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Question re asterisks in MS Word using Styles [closed]

I am writing an ebook with MS Word 2007, using Styles, and want to separate sections with 3 asterisks, but every time I type the 3 asterisks (using Centering Style) it proliferates into a row of ...
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Ebook Formatting for all platforms

My kindle ebook does not display properly on my pc and mac browsers. It appears fine on the kindle app for my android phone. Is it possibe to format an ebook so that it can show up in the same way on ...
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