by Dirk Dupon
If you want to have people buy, download or read your E-book, there are a few rules that you need to follow.
The purpose in following these rules is to ensure that you will send out a perfect E-book of high quality.
Of course you already know that your spelling, grammar structure and link relevance should be checked twice to guarantee an excellent product.
But here are the very first steps for you to take before you submit your E-book to the rest of the world.
First you have to write and prepare your HTML-pages, using your favorite HTML-editor.
Do this just like you create a web site. Put all your pages and images in one directory on your hard disk, give it the name of your E-book, and make sure that you make a back up copy of them, in case something worse happens to your PC system.
You wouldn’t believe how many people forget to make back ups, and find themselves in complete disaster when bad luck strikes. Think about all those hours of inspiration and transpiration that get wasted!
If you design your E-book pages, try to focus on being consistent and informative. Make it easy for your readers to navigate trough your book pages, or they will skip your material. Put navigation links on every book page.
Do not use too many colors or fancy buttons. Or have you ever seen newspapers or magazines with orange text on a yellow background?
There’s no need to revolutionize the way publishing is done with your E-book.
Check and re-check to see if all the hyperlinks or forms work, and if all the images show up correctly. Many people forget to link the images or banners to the home directory.
Try to limit the use of images, because they take up a lot of space, and your E-book should not be too large to download. Put your ad banners (if you use any) at the bottom of your book pages. Do this to not distract your readers.
Then you have to create an opening page. This page shows up first when your E-book gets clicked on.
Be sure to place your E-book title in it, and make an index of all the different pages or chapters. Name this page “readmefirst.htm” so that you know which page you have to use to start.
Then you’re ready to compress all your HTML-pages and images into an E-book format, using your E-book formatting software.
If you want to create your E-book in .pdf format, you can do it for FREE at the Adobe web site: Adobe
(Their service lets you convert a wide variety of documents into Adobe PDF files that anyone can view using the free, widely distributed Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
To reduce the size of your E-book, compress it into a .zip file. Click below to get the software to do it, if you don’t have WinZip already installed on your PC. -It’s free to download at: WinZip
The last step is to upload the E-book.zip file to your web server via FTP, and create a great sales or download page where your web site visitors can obtain a copy.
That’s all it takes. Happy promoting!