C. Creating a validated epub for iBooks

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Once you've completed the formatting of your book and uploaded it to Kindle, I'm going to show you how to create a validated .epub file from that same word file!

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Here are the steps required, and don't be intimidated because I did create a video below to walk you through how to do it (& show you a successful result):

  1. Upload your .doc file to Barnes & Noble's PUBIT epublishing site
  2. Download the .epub file
  3. Setup Windows so you can change filename extensions
  4. Rename the extension of your book from .epub to .zip
  5. [Recommended] Create a new directory (ie: /myepub) and move the .zip to it
  6. Extract all the files in the zip file you just renamed
  7. Delete the old .zip file you just extracted the all files from
  8. Open the .opf file (in the OEBPS directory) with notepad
  9. Add the lines below as shown in the image below (you can just copy & paste them from the boxes below the image)
  10. Save the file (careful not to change the extension to .txt)
  11. Copy your book cover .jpg image file (ideal size is 600 (w) x 800 (h) pixels) into the OEBPS directory
  12. Rename the cover .jpg file to CoverDesign.jpg
  13. Create a new empty .zip file
  14. The sequence is important in this step:
    • First drag the mimetype file into the blank .zip file you just created
    • Next, drag the entire OEBPS folder into the .zip file
    • Lastly, drag the entire META-INF folder into the .zip file
  15. Change the extension name from .zip to .epub
  16. You can test the .epub file against the epub checker to make sure it passed - and a green error means it's passed an you can be sure it will be accepted at all the major marketplaces that accept epub formatted ebooks.
  17. Upload your epub file to Apple, Google Books, anywhere else that accepts .epub files and ramp up your online book marketing to generate sales!

Click on the picture to view it full screen

Copy and paste at the exact locations shown above:

<meta name="cover" content="CoverDesign"/>

And this line as well in the second location highlighted as show on the image above:

<item id="CoverDesign" href="CoverDesign.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg" />

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