If you’re self-publishing, you have the unique ability to take advantage of all available formats with the click of your fingers.
Most books these days will appear in both print and ebook formats. It’s common to find the newest bestsellers showing up on bookstore shelves in hardcover, and some months later in paperback, and later still in the even more economical trade paperback. All the while, the ebook will be available through online retailers.
Oddly enough, this trend hasn’t taken hold in the self-publishing world, despite that producing a book in all format types is astonishingly easy. In fact, you’ll be surprised just how easy it is to take a self-published book you’ve already created and released it in a variety of formats.
The reason is this: once you’ve made one book, once you’ve prepared the files for interior and cover, you’ve done 90% of the work for any additional versions you might like to make. The real challenging work of formatting, doing layout, designing the cover, and actually editing and proofing the book is already done. All you need to do is make additional projects, perform a few format updates, and publish!
Paperback print books are the most common choice among self-published authors. We see the vast majority of books created in the 6 x 9 or 8.5 x 11 sizes. If you’ve opted for one of these sizes, creating a hardcover project will be simple!
With you Print File prepared, follow these steps to create a Hardcover book:
- Adjust page sizes – Make certain to set your pages to make the size of your book. Lulu offers hardcover in 6 x 9 and 8.25 x 10.75 for both dust jacket and case wrap.
**If you made a 6 x 9 or 8.5 x 11 paperback, you will not need to resize your interior file to make a hardcover book**
- Update the copyright page – Your new format will need a unique ISBN, so update the Copyright page to reflect that.
- Update the cover – Hardcover books have different margins and bleed for the cover. If you’re using the same cover as the paperback, you’ll have to adjust it to allow for those changes. Also be sure to update the barcode with your new ISBN.
Ebooks did not spell the end of printing as some predicted years ago. Instead, they carved out a portion of the market as an accompaniment to printed books. An ebook is a simple means of presenting options for your readers and is so easy to do, you should absolutely take advantage and create one.
- Open your Print File in MS Word – Select all the contents and clear formatting.
- Update the Copyright page to include your new ISBN
- Set the title, copyright, dedication, and any other front matter to Heading 1
- Set all Chapter titles to Heading 2.
- Remove all Header/Footer content. Remove all TextBoxes.
- Set all images ‘in line’ with text, and all text justification should be set to the ‘left.’
The cover for your ebook can be the same as your print. Just use the front cover alone as the ebook cover, and resize it to match the ebook cover specifications.
Diversity is incredibly important when selling your book, both online and by hand. Think about it like this: you’ll never again lose a sale because the buyer doesn’t want to wait for shipping. They can order an ebook! And the customer who simply loves hardcover books and is willing to spend a little more to get that can do so!
Best of all, making multiple formats can be completely free, and only takes a minimal investment of time and effort.
Don’t wait, get your book out there now with Lulu’s variety of available formats.
Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, responsible for all the words you see on our site (misspellings included). He also manages the community site – http://connect.lulu.com/en/ – and in his free time, he’s an avid reader and short story writer.