I want to create an e-book that my fans can download. This will be to showcase some of my best photos of 2012. My question is who here has done one and what can you teach me? I've been told to just use MS Word and then convert it to a PDF file, and if that is as good as it gets I wonder if there are any resolution (or other) considerations. Also, is there a stand alone e-book application I should be considering?
Obviously I want it to look nice and have a professional presentation. Any input, especially if you have been there and done that, would be appreciated. Thanks
When you say e-book are you talking about the flash based animated magazines you see for retail shops, or a downloadable pdf for clients? If the latter you can use InDesign to create a well rounded pdf booklet / downloadable look book.
Ryan Krukowski wrote: When you say e-book are you talking about the flash based animated magazines you see for retail shops, or a downloadable pdf for clients? If the latter you can use InDesign to create a well rounded pdf booklet / downloadable look book.
Downloadable PDF, I'm checking out InDesign now. Thank you.
Figure out what company you wish to use, if you are using one (blurb, createspace, etc.), figure out your books size and then see what their guidelines (margins, etc.) are for that size. Don't forget to account for the title or author name at the top of each page is you wish to include that. It's much easier to set that up from the get go, than try to reformat everything later.
InDesign is the industry standard, but also more expensive and has a steeper learning curve. Set your titles, headings, text, etc. as fields so you can change them easily as a batch.
(I'm working on my second print book now, and still learning many of these lessons the hard way)
Also, note that some of the companies may have template systems, that may or may not suit your needs.