2Way Template

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.

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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.

BookDesignTemplates.com is selling its 2Way Template in three designs on their website at www.bookdesigntemplates.com/template-gallery. Check them out.

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?

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  1. There is only one way to make a print book look truly professional, and that is to lay it out manually. Suppose you have a word or two hanging at the top of the next page, that looks bad. This is especially important with nonfiction books that have blockquotes and pictures.

    I use MS Publisher 2010 that allows me to adjust the text spacing which will usually eliminate that problem when it shows up. If I cannot do it that way, I can just rewrite part of the paragraph using other words so that the hanging words are no longer there.

    I can also put a photo with caption side by side very easily. Not so easy in Word because you cannot create a separate text box but must create a table.

    I can also scroll down to a particular page number very easily, I can see the pages and page numbers in thumbnail view in a left preview window. But in Word it is not easy to scroll down through a large document and get to the exact page you want.

    Once you try MS Pub 2010 for print books you won’t go back to word, at least for nonfiction.

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  2. For “Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace” we used InDesign for the layout. Previously we have used Quark. I believe these programs allow more flexibility than Word. However, many independently published authors use Word, so I thought I would share this resource with them.

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