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How to Create an Ebook. eBooks are popular, both with those who have a product to sell and those who have a story to tell. An effective way to drive traffic to. For eBooks, image resolution is measured by pixels per inch (PPI). . the " Illustrations" section, click Pictures; Find the image file you want to insert; Click Insert. Adding images and pictures to an ebook manuscript is easy using Microsoft Word , as long as you make sure you reduce the size of your images to suit an ebook.
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Scan physical images at a resolution of at least PPI. How to check image resolution On a PC Right-click on the image file and select "Properties" In the image properties window, click on the "Details" tab Resolution can be found under the "Image" header On a Mac Open the image file using the Preview application From the menu bar, select "Tools" Click "Adjust Size" Resolution can be found on the "Image Dimensions" box that pops up Image position For text-heavy books like novels, we recommend inserting images between lines of text.
Kindle Create is a free standalone application that can help you insert and edit the size and alignment of your images with preset options based on professional book layouts. Learn how to add images with Kindle Create. If you're working on an image-heavy book like a children's book, use a fixed-layout file format. Learn more about eBook conversion formats. Working on a comic, graphic novel, or manga and want your images to fit the entire screen?
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Well, in either case, you're going to start by finding the perfect picture to go with your words. You're going to crop the picture cutting out any extraneous bits and enhance it or get someone who knows how to do so so that it looks beautiful. However, there are two enormous differences between the image files you want to use in an ebook and ones you're going to get printed on paper: In a print book, color is expensive, while in an ebook beautiful color costs essentially the same as black and white.
On the other hand, in print, you want the image file that goes off to the printer to be as high quality that is to say, large as possible, while in an ebook, every kilobyte costs you I'll explain how below.
Use color -- please! As you probably know, printing a book using even a single color image often more than doubles the production cost of the book. Well, you know that your desktop printer has four colors of ink: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black CYMK. And unless you tell it not to, it will print every page -- even one with only black letters -- using all four inks.
A professional offset printing press is essentially the same, though with the ability to use many more or fewer colors if needed. With ebooks, none of that is an issue at all! Many dedicated ereaders and all ereader apps used on computers, tablets, or smart phones display in three colors red, green, and blue -- RGB.
There is no black pixel! And if you remember your high school science, white light is made up by shining all three colors at once.
So color is in most cases the default. Why not take advantage of that?
Okay, so some Kindles and other ereader devices use an eInk screen that's not in living color. These devices' screens use much less energy, and many people find them easier to read, so there will be folks who will be viewing your beautiful, fully saturated snapshot as if it were being displayed on a Macintosh.
A picture that looks crisp and clear in brilliant color can lose its contrast when seen in black and white. Stepping on the scale What ebooks give us in color, they take away in file size. When you send an image off to a printer or print designer, the idea is to send it at the highest possible quality, in a lossless format like TIFF Tagged Image File Format, if you care. The print files for my page illustrated children's book The Seven Gods of Luck weigh in at a healthy megabytes MB.
Many ebook retailers won't even allow you to upload a file larger than 20MB. And even with those that do, such as Apple, you need to consider how many of your readers will be accessing your masterpiece: on a wireless device, where download speeds are slow, and empty space is taken up by cat videos and audio recordings of a niece's singing recital.
Nothing frustrates a reader more than downloading your book -- but not being able to download it. On top of that, our favorite elephant in the room, site, deducts fifteen cents per megabyte from every royalty payment as a "transport fee. If you're charging less, the damage is even worse. What can we do to avoid this catastrophe? What is the cause of all of this bloat? Well, you'll need to trust me on this: it isn't your words.
If you don't believe me, look at this picture of the innards of an ebook: These are the files that make up the text portion of an average-sized book Joseph Campbell's Myths to Live By ; my paperback copy is pages.
See those numbers in the third column, the column headed size? They range from under a kilobyte to 21KB -- the total, including the front and back matter, is KB, or just over a tenth of a megabyte. If you were to download the ePub file of this ebook, you'd see that the file is actually somewhere around 4.
So where did the other 4. A few kilobytes of it can be found in the stylesheets, navigation files, and such. But most of it came from the ninety-odd lovely pictures that I added when I was creating the ebook edition. That's sixty cents off the top of every site sale. But the images were integral to the new edition, the first put out by the Joseph Campbell Foundation.
So in they stayed. So what's a body supposed to do? Taking a byte out of file size Before we start our pictures on their weight-loss program, I need to explain something about images in ebook files: they have to be either JPEG or PNG portable network graphics files.
This turns out to be a good thing, because these two formats allow the most control over the final size of your image file. We're almost ready to start working with the images -- but remember: never work with the original file. Always work with a copy, so that if something goes horribly wrong, all you've lost is a little time.
Rename your working files. Put them in a different folder.
On a different computer. In a different city. And make sure that there's a backup of the Oh, you know the drill.
One of the most important, most technical jobs involved in designing an ebook is massaging the images so that they don't take up too much space, but at the same time still display beautifully.
There are three parts to making that happen: Sizing making sure that the height and width of the image are in the right range of pixels Compression using software to make the file as small as possible without losing quality Optimization getting rid of some unnecessary bloat that your image carries around with it needlessly Sizing The easiest way to decrease the file size of your image is to decrease the number of pixels -- in other words, simply making the picture smaller.
At this point most phones let alone dedicated cameras are capable of taking pictures over 10 megapixels -- that is, ten million little collections of red, green, and blue dots. The native dimensions of a picture taken on an iPhone 5s like mine is x pixels.
Guess what? Even an high-resolution Retina iPad can't squeeze that many pixels onto its screen. Neither can a Retina MacBook 15". So, I ask, why include pixels that will never actually be seen by anyone not reading your ebook on a super-high-definition 30" computer monitor?
In this next section I'm going to assume that you're used to working with a basic image editing program like PhotoScape, GIMP, or Apple Preview -- if you can find your way around Adobe Photoshop even an old version , this should be easy.