Image-Rich, Photo Embedded Manuscripts and eBooks
When I first began publishing eBooks for clients and myself, everything I uploaded to kdp Amazon and Pubit! Barnes & Noble was in Word.doc format. My photos, and illustrations were embedded using an ‘Insert’ function and compression wasn’t a concern.
Well, we know those days are long gone. With 1.1 million new authors registered to the Amazon publishing platform over the past two years things are getting mighty crowded in the Land of ePub. To accommodate this crowding and conserve on bandwidth Amazon took over, in the past several months, the task of placing the cover art for eBooks for its authors thus standardizing and compressing the biggest source of heft in a manuscript – its images. But that’s not all that changed.
Text-rich manuscripts are now uploaded in .htm or .html format ~ with some authors also using Mobi, ePub etc
Image-rich manuscripts are now uploaded in .zipped folders, as described here:
An attempt to upload an image-rich eBook format using the old ‘Insert’ a jPeg *WITHOUT* the benefit of a zipped folder will usually result in an Error-image such as the one portrayed for this blog entry.
So out with the Old! . . .and In With the New!
I’ll presume that your manuscript has been professionally edited seven times! (I don’t want to hear how good your spouse or partner is at finding typos!)
Your cover art should be the end-product of a professional template, or a custom-design (Please, please! No text boxes, nor squirrely text that won’t reduce to a postage-stamp ‘read’.)
If You meet those two conditions, we’re ready to begin!
1) Create a ‘Fresh File Folder’ on your desktop to receive your HTM-converted from Word.doc
A. SAVE your Word.doc with it’s Inserted jpegs to a Word.htm (Webpage, Filtered) in this method:
1. Open your manuscript Word.doc and do a Save As Webpage, Filtered,
2. Direct the Save to the ‘Fresh File Folder’ that you created.
2) After the Save As, your Word.doc will become a Word.htm formatted document.
3) Close the Word.htm formatted document
4) Locate and double-click the ‘Fresh File Folder’ (to confirm that the ‘Fresh File Folder’ has the Word.htm and an Image File in it)
5) Send the ‘Fresh File Folder’ (containing the Word.htm and Image File) to a Zipped File by either
a) Right-clicking it and selecting Send to >Compressed Zipped File *or*
b) File > Compress [your name for the 'Fresh File Folder']
6) It is the Compressed Zipped File Folder that you will Browse for and upload as your image-rich eBook format.
Now, get busy on Marketing!