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."  

 

Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, in the original PDF-print layout, as it appeared in print.
Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, in the original PDF-print layout, as it appeared in print.
 

The same book, now in ePUB format.  Note that the fonts, layout, etc., are the same.
The same book, now in ePUB format. Note that the fonts, layout, etc., are the same.
 

Now in MOBI Kindle format, the fonts and layout are still retained.
Now in MOBI Kindle format, the fonts and layout are still retained.

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.

 

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

~~~~~~~~~~

We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.