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wizard tim
05-18-2011, 10:54 PM
Do I need to convert my manuscript to epub before I upload it to the Nook store? Or does the conversion occur after I've uploaded?

I read the Barnes and Noble format guidelines and tried the Nook forums, but I still don't know.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.

Medievalist
05-19-2011, 12:32 AM
There are a number of different ways. One is to use Barnes and Noble's own Pubit tool: http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home

KevinMcLaughlin
05-19-2011, 01:03 AM
You can also take the epub from another source (Smashwords, for instance, or your own conversion software), modify it to fit the B&N requirements (front matter, etc.) and upload that. The advantage here is that you can use Sigil or some other free software to edit the epub, which lets you clean up any small problems generated by automatic conversion.

You don't *have* to do that; but if you're focused on the small details of your work, you might want to.

Catana
05-19-2011, 01:13 AM
Please be aware that unless you're going to list your book on Smashwords, using it to format your text for B & N is unethical. It's an abuse of the service, and adds to the delays when other people are in line for formatting.

KevinMcLaughlin
05-19-2011, 01:34 AM
Sorry, Catana... I sort of automatically assume that anyone self publishing an ebook is going to hit Smashwords, too; it's sort of silly not to.

wizard tim
05-19-2011, 08:06 PM
So it appears that you can either format to epub first with free software and then upload that to B&N, or just upload a .doc or .html to Pubit and let that do the conversion. Good to know there are some options here.

Thanks all!

Medievalist
05-19-2011, 08:07 PM
So it appears that you can either format to epub first with free software and then upload that to B&N, or just upload a .doc or .html to Pubit and let that do the conversion. Good to know there are some options here.

Thanks all!

Just Check Your Work. Make sure the TOC works, for instance, and that there are no blank pages or odd gaps.

eqb
05-25-2011, 12:25 AM
Please be aware that unless you're going to list your book on Smashwords, using it to format your text for B & N is unethical. It's an abuse of the service, and adds to the delays when other people are in line for formatting.

The TOS goes further than that, if I'm reading it correctly. It says:


The author/publisher is not authorized to independently sell or distribute Smashwords-generated file conversions outside of the Smashwords site or Smashwords distribution network without first receiving written permission from Smashwords (in other words, you cannot use Smashwords as a free file conversion service so you can sell the files elsewhere).

Which sounds as though you can't use the converted version, even if you are using Smashwords for another vendor. (Unless you get permission, that is.)

wizard tim
05-26-2011, 12:57 AM
Thanks to Catana and Eqb for helping clear things up. I had no intention of using one service to feed another, and don't want to do anything unethical. I was just confused as to how to do the conversions.
I loaded my homemade html doc to Pubit and it's handling the conversion. Apparently this takes several business days.
Thanks for the advice. This is new territory and I have a lot to learn.

eqb
05-26-2011, 02:03 AM
Thanks for the advice. This is new territory and I have a lot to learn.

As do many of us. *g*

I didn't think you intended anything unethical. It was suggestions from others that I wanted to address.

Al Stevens
05-26-2011, 02:14 AM
Sorry, Catana... I sort of automatically assume that anyone self publishing an ebook is going to hit Smashwords, too; it's sort of silly not to.
Unless you want DRM encryption. SW does not support it. One reason is that they convert to multiple formats, some of which, such as PDF, do not support DRM.

(Just pointing this out. Not intending to start a debate about whether DRM should be used.)

eqb
05-26-2011, 02:20 AM
DRM or not, authors shouldn't use Smashwords files for B&N or elsewhere, except through Smashwords. It's not ethical. (Even if someone makes the weasel excuse that they are "customizing" the file to remove the required Smashwords license text.)

jnfr
05-26-2011, 03:20 AM
Calibre is pretty good for converting your own files to any different ebook format, if you want files to sell yourself. It's free.

Al Stevens
05-26-2011, 05:30 PM
Calibre requires e-book formats for conversion to other e-book formats. It doesn't convert .doc or .html files. For that, mobipocket creator is a good tool. It builds .prc files, the amazon format, which you can then convert to .epub and other formats by using calibre.

Sigil is an epub file editor. To use it for much more than simple text and format changes, you need to understand html and css encoding.

Al Stevens
05-26-2011, 05:33 PM
DRM or not, authors shouldn't use Smashwords files for B&N or elsewhere, except through Smashwords. It's not ethical. (Even if someone makes the weasel excuse that they are "customizing" the file to remove the required Smashwords license text.)
One of the books about self-publishing says to use lulu.com to convert from .doc to .pdf and then submit the lulu-generated .pdf to Createspace to publish.

Sargentodiaz
05-26-2011, 06:55 PM
One of the books about self-publishing says to use lulu.com to convert from .doc to .pdf and then submit the lulu-generated .pdf to Createspace to publish.

That's a rather off-beat suggestion when there are a lot of FREE pdf. programs. The one I use is CutePDF and does the job quick and easy.

I've uploaded both to lulu and CreateSpace and found the latter quite user friendly.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/2009_new_novels_in_a_Berlin_bookshop.JPG/220px-2009_new_novels_in_a_Berlin_bookshop.JPG

Al Stevens
05-26-2011, 09:22 PM
Createspace is easy to use assuming you know how to format the book and cover into pdf. The author of the how-to book assumed that the average writer doesn't know how to do that. I don't know how much of it--headers, footers, chapter breaks, toc, drop caps, etc.--that lulu does. I haven't used lulu. It is a tad more expensive for author copies than Createspace.

jnfr
05-26-2011, 11:40 PM
I just opened Calibre and added a book from a Word .DOC file so it can be done. I'm not very expert with Calibre overall.

ETA: Ah, maybe this is what you mean: it will add the book as a DOC type but would not convert it. It did take the same book as HTML form and converted it to EPUB though.

Al Stevens
05-26-2011, 11:57 PM
I just opened Calibre and added a book from a Word .DOC file so it can be done. I'm not very expert with Calibre overall.

ETA: Ah, maybe this is what you mean: it will add the book as a DOC type but would not convert it. It did take the same book as HTML form and converted it to EPUB though.
Yes, that's what I meant. I didn't think it would convert html. It would save a step if it converts the toc properly. Not sure how it imports the cover, though. I'll look into it. Thanks.

jnfr
05-27-2011, 05:31 AM
I'm still learning too, so any info you have to share, I appreciate it.

freddystewert
12-01-2011, 12:28 AM
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