Or I should really say – good things come to those who procrastinate. Technically I wasn’t procrastinating; I was redesigning my book for the 10th time. I love doing things myself, but it’s a steep learning curve.
What I am excited about is that InDesign launched 2014 CC with the best update yet: a Fixed ePub Layout export format! What does that mean? DIY ePub is now a viable option. I don’t know what is means for companies like Vook or BookBaby who wanted to charge $600 for the conversion of 200 pages of photos that are in my book. That is a lot of eBooks to sell before making up that cost. Previously, The best I could find was a software circularflo for $199 per rip of a book. I am not sure why this was so expensive in the first place when companies like Blurb charge $9 to convert books to ePub format when you publish through them. (And there is the catch – I will post more on photo printing comparisons next.) If Blurb could do it, the technology to easily convert files is out there. Finally Adobe integrated that technology in one of its own products. Now, all the other DIY-ers and I can do it without any additional fancy software (excluding, of course, InDesign). This also means passing some savings on to the readers. There is still a ton of time, design and editing that went into my book “Chaos in Harmony” and therefore you will not find it for $.99. But it does mean I have that option for future projects.
Overall I am excited about this development since I have spent the last year and 3 months on this book, and my project is finally nearing completion. I am going to submit an order for printed books, then finalize and create an eBook. Thank you InDesign for making the last bit easier.