Having just gone through the process of publishing a book both in print and ebook format, I have a fresh understanding of the work it takes to create two book entities. I wish it were as simple as taking a file for a print book and pressing a button to convert it to an EPUB. But, alas, it is not.
Those of you who have been through this process know that it takes more work than simply choosing a file type to convert a print book file into an ebook-ready file. You know that ebooks, due to their continuous flow, require adjustment of the print book file. Images are also tricky to manage in ebook layout. Then there is the text font. If your original print book did not use a common/standard font, the font type has to be changed for the ebook version.
This all adds up to a lot of frustration for many authors and publishers because they usually end up formatting a book twice: once for print and once for ebooks.
Fortunately, one company has come to the rescue. BookDesignTemplates.com sells pre-designed book templates for Microsoft Word. They have just recently come up with a template that can be used for both print and ebook formatting.
This new “2Way” Template is specifically designed to provide the fastest way to format a great looking print book that can be directly converted to any of the major e-reader platforms from the same file—without making changes or adjustments.
I think that the 2Way Template is a wonderfully innovative idea to help small publishers and independently published authors streamline their workflow. What do you think?