J.K. Rowling eBook’s Formatting Disaster

So even bestsellers could still suffer ebook formatting glitches. My own first eBook on Amazon Kindle was a formatting disaster too. Lesson: Learn all about formatting ebooks before publishing your own. Too many glitches could escape you.

Hachette released the following statement:

‘ Yesterday the eBook file for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling was released to all U.S. eBook retailers. There were issues with that file, including the adjustability of font color and size and adjustability of margins. As soon as Hachette was made aware of these issues a replacement file was uploaded to all eBook retailers. Hachette has requested that each retailer contact their customers directly about reloading their eBook. Any consumer who purchased the eBook on Thursday, September 27, before approximately 3:00pm ET, who has not heard from their retailer, should contact them and request that their eBook be reloaded. No consumer should have to repurchase the eBook…’

This is my favorite piece on avoiding eBook publishing glitches

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Self-publishing an eBook
by Joel Friedlander

1. Don’t just copy the front matter from your print book. Print books often have lengthy front matter before you actually get to the content. This doesn’t work well for e-books, where only a small sample is available to browsers before they buy, and if it’s entirely copyright, dedication page, contents and so on, they won’t get to see your awesome writing.

2. Don’t make your eBook cover too complicated. Trying to fit lots of images to represent all the themes in your book won’t work very well when the cover is reduced to the size of a postage stamp. Instead, keep it simple and legible.

3. Don’t use tabs, spaces, or manual line breaks in your file. Although your manuscript might look fine to you, all of these elements will put codes into your book file that will keep it from flowing properly on an e-reader and create a book that looks unprofessional.

Free Glossary of Ebook Publishing Terms

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