The parts of an ebook.
While teaching a recent class on building an ebook it became very clear that few students understood the format. The simple truth is that most of the student were also not reading ebooks to have a working knowledge of the format. While the other remaining student who had experience, their knowledge was based on using one device.
The launch of ebooks have many parallels with the early years of web development and design. When web content was restricted by access limitations. Over the years, the web became somewhat standardized, with CSS3 and HTML5 adaptation. As of now the ebook realm does not have clear standard practices that can interpolated content from server to device without some degree of visual compromise. Yes, the line between content and visual integrity are getting closer - while the interactive elements drag behind. When building an ebook - you have got to visualize how the interactive components of the book will be.
The parts of an Ebook that need to built.
When using Adobe InDesign to create your ebook, each of the following pages and features should be included within your InDesign document. Often creating a Master Pages will help maintain the visual integrity of the publication.
- Color Front Book Cover - PNG format.
- Color Back Book Cover - PNG format.
- Book Blurb.
- Title Page - and author credit.
- Table of Contents.
- The Book - With Chapter Titles and Sectional Consideration.
- Include artwork and illustrations.
- Index of book (optional).
- Book Extras - Reader Resources (optional).
- Author Bio and historical background.
- Link to Author's Website and Newsletter.
- Promotional Page - other publications, products, and services.
- Copyright Information.
The Book Blurb
The book blurb is an essential component to a successful ebook. Without a blurb readers have no idea what your book is about. Your blurb should include enough information to connect with your reader and encourage them to download your publication. A poorly written blurb will result in poor downloads.
The Table of Contents
Ebook readers rely on the Table of Contents to navigate the book. Unlike a printed book that the reader is award about being in the middle of a book, compared to being at the end of a book, or within the first few pages. Knowing your placement in a book is determined by the feedback into your hands and eyes. It is easy for the reader of a printed page to see and feel what page they are (within reason). While the ebook reader has limited visual feedback and no feel feedback to determine their placement in a book. The void created by the reduced feedback from an ebook is at this time dealt with the Table of Contents. Permitting the reader to quickly move between chapters without have to flip one electronic page at a time.