While an eBook can strongly resemble a print book, it won't be identical. Print-designed books can use some elements that ebooks can’t; for example, columns. However, we can strongly channel the feel of your print book.
We've created a Showcase Gallery of various and sundry books, so you can compare what eBooks in ePUB and MOBI formatting look like, compared to print books; in some cases, we're displaying the original print layout. You can browse the Main Showcase Entrance to find the categories of books that interest you.
It's not necessary to give everything up--don't believe what you read on some of those "DIY" forums. It's absolutely true that a lot of the higher-quality formatting can't be done, if you're uploading a Word file; but when books are being coded by hand, many of the aspects of the original print layout can be retained. Here's just one sample, below, displaying, from left-to-right, print, ePUB and MOBI formats of our work on John Gray, Ph.D.'s book, "Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice."
Isn't this the type of quality that you want for your book? You labored long and hard to get it done, to write it, edit it, and ensure that it is the very best book you can produce. Don't fail to cross the finish-line by using second-rate ePub formatters. The truth is, not all formatting companies are the same, and not all formatting work is of the same quality. When you shop around--and we strongly encourage you to do so--make sure you check the independent reviews of any formatting company's work. Not just the "selected" reviews that they put on their website, their testimonials--the kind of reviews and rankings that are loose in the wild, the kind that they can't control. Ask to see their work, and make sure you download 1-2 samples of their book work from Amazon, B&N, etc., to be sure that you're going to get what you're paying for, and what you expect to get.