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Why is Hard copy book black and white, but Ebook is color?

Obviously cost is the major concern, but often the importance of having color graphics in a printed book is overrated. For example, I have published a few print technical books with lots of ...
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Can I share premium ebooks online for free?

Warning: I highly recommend consulting a lawyer for dealing with legal issues such as this one. The advice I provide should not take the place of proper legal counsel. Unless you have permission from ...
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Stretching an image to fit the screen

unfortunately you can't make width:100%; in mobi files. Amazon just strip that away. You can try to set min-width:100%; instead but this is little different in behave so test are needed. More about ...
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Why publish technical books only in hardback form and not in ebook form?

One reason is that formatting a technical book for printing is 10x easier than formatting it for ebook. Often, people are using Adobe Indesign to handle the difficult formatting issues and while there ...
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How is an ebook made? What kind of software and hardware are used?

For general purposes, Ebooks are simple websites, contained inside of a predictable folder. This folder is composed mostly of the content of the ebook itself which is the form xhtml and css. The ...
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Is there a way to publish an eBook, distribute it and the push updates to the distributed eBooks?

Most online publishers have a method to allow for updates to published ebooks. The user generally is given way to identify that a book has an update, then the user is given the option to re-download ...
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Is there a fair price for an ebook?

Since some users want to close this question as off-topic or opinion based, I decided to give my own tentative answer, based on my own thinking since I asked the question, and influenced by some of ...
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Version control for writing ebooks

Git can be used, but if you use with epub, or any other kind of archive files then you will not get a meaningful diff between versions, just store each version of the ebook. You can use Git wit ...
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How do I upload an ebook

Not trying to discourage you from trying this, but you might find that starting with a WORD document takes up MUCH more time than you thought due to the complexity of setting it up, which is why I ...
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Preserving Layout of Original File

First, I've formatted lots of poetry for epubs, so I can offer insights. I don't know about what kind of visual demands you have for poems. But I'm assuming that you have the usual ones -- keeping ...
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Is there a fair price for an ebook?

I don't have any substantial answer to your question, but I have been thinking hard about it over the years. Let me summarize some dynamics of ebook pricing and then talk about "fair price." Ebook ...
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Creating an eBook with GIF animations

We can integrate the gif format in epub3 packages say as a background to div container or another option would be convert gif to mp4 format.
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What triggers the "adult" designation on Amazon Kindle books (romance genre)?

This seems to be a moving target that tends to vary from time to time, but from what I have seen in various forums, there are some definite trends that seem to get a book targeted as "adult" content. ...
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Need suggestion on selecting the font type for self-publishing book

Recommending a specific font without actually seeing where it's going to be used is a lot like suggesting a wardrobe without knowing the person who will wear it. The purpose of a font is to make ...
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Where can I find a list of the limitations of iOS KF8 (Kindle format on iOS)?

I haven't tested on ios for a few months, but my experience has been that the differences between ios and other platforms in the last 2 or 3 years have reduced considerably. A while back I compiled ...
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Where can I download free ebooks?

I am not sure what you consider an interesting book. That depends much on the reader. Anyway, I edited your question to remove the reference to "interesting books", since it is a matter of opinion ...
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How can I print an image-only ebook as a physical book?

Download a PDF of the book and take it to Kinko's (in the US) which will print one-off books for you. Office stores like Office Max also have low-volume printing services there too. Professional ...
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How can I print an image-only ebook as a physical book?

You can print the file easily with lulu.com as a printed book. I believe they have a manufacturing facility in the U.S. and the U.K. and can ship globally. The fact that your pdf is an image file ...
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How to build ebooks from O'Reilly Atlas Projects?

Actually you need not access to Oreilly's Atlas, any tool capable of processing Asciidoc files shall fit your needs. If you investigate the Github repository you will find out chapters are in asciidoc,...
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How to build ebooks from O'Reilly Atlas Projects?

First, kudos to learning about a new tool. (I never heard of it). The content creation environment is in closed beta, so I wouldn't expect there to be any way to access the source code. But the ...
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Kindle vs Hyperlinked Images

(I assume you are talking about an internal, not external link. Is that right?) Here are some helpful clues and semi-educated guesses. The epub3 spec doesn't say anything about whether reading ...
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Need suggestion on selecting the font type for self-publishing book

There are two competing visions in the ebook world: the embedded font vision (pushed by Adobe) where ebooks creators are expected to choose interesting fonts and embed them (generally by using Adobe ...
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Being sued for an e-book

There is a risk. It could be for damages resulting from content errors, copyright infringement (text or illustrations), slander or libel. The risk is heightened if you self publish (ie. on Amazon, ...
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How do I upload an ebook

This is not free software: Vellum. However, I used it for my book, and I liked it just fine. It knows all about front matter and back matter, even/odd pages, half-titles, and all that publishing stuff,...
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Is it possible for a Book to have multiple ISSN?

A single book/journal/whatever will have a different ISBN for each edition and variation, except for reprints of such, where the reprint will have the same ISBN as the original. A series of books can ...
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Stretching an image to fit the screen

This is the correct answer (trust me on this -- I took several days to figure it out). Kindle's formatting guide specifies that you should include as high a resolution file as you possibly can. Then,...
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Stretching an image to fit the screen

I am on linux, so I use the calibre convert-ebook command-line tool to convert to open-ebook format which is just a directory with the files in. ebook-convert ebook.mobi ebook_files I see this ...
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Can I share premium ebooks online for free?

The short answer is no, you can't share them for free, because it would be a violation of copyright laws. The exception, of course, would be for e-books of content that is already in the public domain,...
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Is there a way to publish an eBook, distribute it and the push updates to the distributed eBooks?

Depends on your definition of 'way to publish an eBook'? If you mean you wish to distribute the eBook file outside of a publishing ecosystem (online store) then I don't know. If you are using the ...
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