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 What Format eBook is Used By iBooks, B&N, Sony and Others?

Every eBook company/retailer other than Amazon uses ePUB format.  ePUB stands for "ePUBlication," and it's a universal eBook standard, issued by the International Digital Publishing Forum--the IDPF.  The IDPF group meets and determines what is considered "standard" for an ePUB, and it is they who create and maintain "ePUBcheck," which is a tool that's used to check an ePUB for compliance with, and conformance to, those standards. 

Barnes & Noble (B&N), iBooks (Apple), Sony, KoboBooks, and the others, all use ePUB-formatted eBooks on their readers and reading apps. 

How Can I Create an ePUB file?

Well, very much like Amazon's MOBI format, there are lots of well-meaning folks out there who will tell you that you can DIY.  And that isn't necessarily a lie; if you're techy, and you have some pretty good skills (and a fair amount of time to learn), you can create your own ePUB file from a Word, Pages, Wordperfect or other word-processing file.  But creating an ePUB file is actually harder, and requires even more knowledge, than creating an Amazon MOBI file. 

If your source file is something else--an INDD file, or a PDF--then the likelihood of you successfully DIY-ing are pretty small, as the technical challenges increase arithmetically as the source format becomes more complex.   

Do Your ePUBs Pass ePUBcheck?

You betcha!  Every ePUB that leaves the Booknook.biz shop is tested against, and passes, the current version of ePUBcheck.  If you are planning on utilizing a distributor that uses an older version of ePUBcheck, like Lulu, please let us know in advance, so that we can ensure that your book will pass an older version.  If your book doesn't pass ePUBcheck, you won't be able to sell your book at Barnes & Noble (B&N), iBooks, Smashwords, Sony, KoboBooks, or virtually any other e-tailer.  ePUBcheck isn't an optional "extra;" passing ePUBcheck is a required element of a competently-crafted ePUB.

Be Aware:

...that ePUBs render differently on different devices and retailers. An ePUB can look brilliant on Readium, but AWFUL on something else.  Competent, professional bookmakers don't merely test a book on one device; they test on numerous devices.   Here at Booknook.biz, we don't have a single e-reader; we have dozens of devices.  We want to be sure, when your book leaves our shop, that it's going to work, no matter where you go. 

The Bulletproof Guarantee

And just like our MOBIs, our ePUBs are covered by our Bulletproof Guarantee. No weasling, no kidding. 

Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.