3 ways to create an ebook (the 3rd one being the easiest)

by purelytwins

We received a few requests on how to create an ebook.

So in today’s PluggedIN video we are sharing how to create an ebook.

There are several ways to do one but the ones we are sharing with you today are the 3 ways we are familiar with. They are how we created our ebooks.

3 ways to create an ebook

Making an ebook can be overwhelming. There are a lot of options out there.

Not only do you have to write the content for it, but you also have to think about how you are going to design and format it. Are you going to give it away for free or sell your ebook?

What we have learned from designing all our different ebooks is that keeping it simple and easy to follow is important. Don’t pick too many colors or fonts. Keep it fun.

Having your ebook outlined before you begin will make your life easier. And create a folder on your computer with all of your files and pictures for it. This will help you stay organized while designing it. Everything will be in one spot so it makes it easier to find things.

If you enjoyed the video, please share with those that are looking for tips on creating their own PDF ebook. Thanks!  

As you can see there are a few ways to create your ebook.

This post isn’t about how to write one in terms of specific layout and design but more of an overview of ways you can create your own ebook fairly easily.

We suggest you take the time to figure out what you want out of your ebook.  Do you want to create a free PDF? Do you want to create an ebook you can sell? What is the ebook for? How do you want others to get a copy of your ebook?

All these questions will help you determine what route to pick when designing your ebook.

Different ways to create an ebook

1 – Use Adobe products (illustrator, inDesign, etc) – if you are experienced with using Adobe products then you can design it yourself. We did this for our first 3 ebooks. Luckily, we had an older sister who is a graphic artist helped us a little.

2 – Use Pages (for MACs) or Microsoft word (for PC) – a great and easy way to create an ebook quickly.

3 – Use canva – if you want your ebook to have some cute design/layout to it without being a graphic artist then we highly suggest using canva. They have tons of great templates for you to use as your base. All you have to do is change the pictures, font and colors. It makes creating a cute ebook affordable and easy.

And of course there is a fourth way to make an ebook and that’s by hiring a professional designer to create it for you.

How to make an ebook yourself. DIY ebook. Using adobe indesign. Pages. Canva. |purelytwins.com

How to design your front cover ebook?

If you have Adobe products you can create your own. Or you can use Fiverr to hire someone to do it for you. We have gone both routes. One thing to keep in mind is look at other people’s ebook covers to get ideas.  We do feel having a good compelling title is important. So play around with different titles for your book. Canva also allows you to design a front cover.

Places to design and create an ebook:

Pictoart

Canva

Elance – out source

Places that host and/or sell your ebook:

Ejunkie  (What we used in the past for our cookbooks. We liked it. It was easy to use and cost about $10 a month.)

Simplero

Selz

Ge.tt – storage

Amazon S3 – storage  (We use this to host files that we use in our emails to our clients.)

If you want to run a campaign on Facebook promoting it check out Heyo.   We just came across this site recently and it looks easy to use for those that have an active Facebook page.

There are more places that host files and sell your ebook, but these are the ones we have either used or come across.

Key takeaways:

  • Figure how much time and money you want to spend on your ebook
  • Figure out what your ebook will look like beforehand and what content it will contain (create a draft)
  • Decide if you are going to create it yourself or if you will hire help
  • Figure out what colors and fonts you would like, organize pictures for it and how you plan to distribute it
  • Keep it fun

We hope this has inspired you to take action with your blog or business in creating your own ebook.

What are your thoughts about ebooks?

What are some of your favorite ebooks?

Have you created your own ebook before? If so, what did you use to create it?

We love to hear what you have done.

Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments so we can all help and learn from each other.

We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Thank you!
xo

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7 comments

Cassie May 28, 2015 - 6:43 pm

Thank you SO much for this video! I actually asked about it and I’m so glad to have found this!

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purelytwins May 29, 2015 - 8:58 am

so glad to help Cassie 🙂 thanks for suggesting us to share how we do it! Hope this helps and inspires you!

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ashcass May 28, 2015 - 11:43 pm

I have a business-ey question you guys. Can you do a plugged in video/blog post about taxes? What’s your approach to taxes. Do you claim your two respective living places as your offices too (to lower taxes)? What about things you have to buy for the business, like ingredients for recipe development. Are those tax deductible? Thanks for this series. I’m really impressed!

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purelytwins May 29, 2015 - 8:59 am

Great questions. We will work on this!

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ashcass May 28, 2015 - 11:44 pm

Oh, and one last thing–for stuff like ingredients that are both for the business, but also personal consumption, how does that get dealt with tax-wise?

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kassandra April 10, 2016 - 6:49 pm

can you tell me witch one is the best to start a ebook? I starting from zero

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purelytwins April 12, 2016 - 10:03 am

Starting off we suggest using canva as it is free and with some paid templates. It is easy to use and lets you create beautiful ebooks.

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