Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Formatting a Book for iPad

The best way to make your book suitable for the iPad and other digital reading devices is to use ePub format. This is a very easy format to create and it allows your text and images to reflow and resize to fit the screen of the device. This makes the readers experience positive and allows the device to sort out the format.
The issue a lot of people have when trying to convert a picture book to ePub format is that the illustrations and text must work together in a certain way. When designing your ePub layout think about the end user reading it on the device. You don't want your text to be on a separate page to the illustration because then they will be on the screen at different times. This will break the readers understanding and following of the story. You might need to re design your layout to suit the format. This shouldn’t be a problem as most illustrations can be cropped of resized. You can always add a strip down the book with the words on it. See below example
I would recommend you test your files on the device you intend to publish as this will highlight any errors in your creation. Most of these devices are reasonably priced and widely available. I got mine through Amazon. See their prices by clicking on the link below. If you order some books at the same time you will minimize your shipping costs.

Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader (WiFi only) [ Black & White ]

A great tool I found for creating ePub files is
It is free and easy to use, there is an instructional manual that should answer all you questions.

For more information about ePub format see my post What is EPUB format?

1 comment:

  1. Great article, Amy! I was just discussing my frustrations of Epublishing with a friend. Thanks for the helpful information.