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.epub Simplified

Zipped Website Container/Organizer for the eReader

If the book you are writing were a web site, it would have parts like:

  • Words
  • Pictures
  • Fonts
  • Links

So ..., "yourbook.epub" could be opened in an Apple iPad, for instance, as a book container with all those parts inside (and maybe more).

Self Publishing an eBook


EDITOR'S CHOICE: Authors and publishers should use Smashwords to widely distribute their copyrighted books through several ereaders and their many different formats all-at-once.

Although many will find the Smashwords Style Guide challenging, it all makes sense when you begin to appreciate the extent of distribution avenues offered.

Submission formats:

  • MS-Word .doc
  • Cover image .jpeg (600x900 pixels is good)


Keep It Simple Stupid (I'm reminding myself:)

  • NOTE: Smashwords "meatgrinder" software converts to the ereader's (.epub, LRF, .mobi, PDB, PDF, RTF, .txt) formats you specify for you
  • Use MS-Word "default" "normal" body text 11-12 point
  • Use "Heading" paragraph styles for chapter titles
  • Tabs are bad
  • Spacebar indents are bad
  • Tables are bad
  • Photo books are bad
  • Extra paragraph returns are bad
  • Large and exotic fonts are bad
  • Columns are bad
  • Text boxes are bad
  • Footnotes are bad
  • Align images with text
  • You must have Copyrights

About Smashwords:

Launched in 2008, Smashwords operates as the leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to instantly publish and distribute a multi-format ebook. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Amazon, and leading mobile e-reading apps such as Stanza, Kobo, Aldiko, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California.


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Every quality word processor should have an 'Export' or 'Save As' feature for the .epub file extension and structure.

Apple's iWork Pages software is ideally suited to this export feature evolution because it already works well with the XML code that .epub uses.

MS-Word has an excuse for being slow to adopt the Export as EPUB feature because of their .docx court case setback.

More in the future ...