Creating an eBook for Different Devices: Proofreading and Editing

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Creating an eBook for Different Devices: Proofreading and Editing

Turgay Birand

May 9, 2013

When creating an ebook, often one of the well-deserved assumptions about indie ebooks is that they author has skipped the much-needed editing process in order to go straight to publication. While indie authors do like to skip the steps of hiring agents and choosing publishing houses in order to bring readers material that costs less and says what the author intended, one of the most important steps in creating an ebook is proofreading and editing. In fact, it may be one of the most important steps you can when creating an ebook to be considered a serious author.

A New Step in Proofing eBooks

In addition to carefully reviewing your book for grammar, punctuation and consistency in style, there is a new step you must take as an indie ebook author to ensure that your ebook will be well received by the reader: testing the ebook on a variety of devices to make sure your ebook formatting is compatible with them.

No matter how cleanly you create your ebook, it will likely look different from one device to another because of the way each device converts your ebook formatting. You can work out quirks ahead of time and keep readers happy by making sure that you’ve addressed any ebook formatting issues prior to publishing.

In our next post, we’ll discuss the different testing formats.

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