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Other retailers need ePUB format.  We're experts.

 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. 

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.