How to Make a Book Online | Three Types

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How to Make a Book

Three Ways How to Make a Book Online

Digital publishing has brought new developments.  Now it is easy for an ordinary person to learn  to make a book online. If you are creative and have always wanted to write and publish a book, this article will give you an overview of the options and steps to make that possible. To simplify the process, I have divided different ways of how to make a book yourself into three different categories: The Four-Color Gift Book,  Print on Demand Paperback, and Short Run Book Publishing. With all these options, your creative spirit can soar with the use of your computer and print on demand to make a book online.

Easy | Four-Color Gift Book


Self-Publishing

If you want only a one-time book project with no need to market your books, the four-color hard cover book is fun and easy to do. For this option, I feel that the the best company is Blurb.com. I love Blurb! You can learn how to self publish a book with the greatest of ease using Blurb. The beautiful thing with Blurb is you can create full-color books with a hard cover. If you want to publish a children’s book,  a book of art, a photography portfolio, or anything that requires full-color on the inside and outside, Blurb.com is your best choice to learn the beginning basics of how to make a book online. With their proprietary software, BookSmart, you can easily create books without the steep learning curve of professional book publishing software. Blurb software automatically does page numbering, the copyright pages, and the right blank pages, and a few pages of optional front matter. Blurb has no option for marketing your book through online booksellers or the book publishing industry.

This is a great option if you want to create a gift book or legacy book or a book to use for presentations in your business. The books might seem pricey, but the fact that you can print just one book using their print on demand system for under $25-$500 is phenomenal (depending on how many pages). My daughter created an epoch 400-page book following her friend’s romance which led up to marriage as a wedding gift. Another book she created was a photo-journal of her best friend’s cat, about 250 pages, in memory of “Jet Boy” who was lovingly euthanized for cancer gone wild. One of my students collected old Italian recipes from her beloved grandmother and published the recipes in memory of her. If you prefer creativity and minimal technical frustrations, you can learn how to make a book with the greatest of ease using Blurb’s proprietary book software.

Medium | Print on Demand Paperback | Sell on Amazon

The next option, especially if you want to sell books, is to use a print on demand printer to help you publish a paperback book. This option is great if you want to buy books in small quantities to provide for workshops or seminars you may teach. Additionally, The easiest and least expensive print on demand option is to use the paperback format. The paperback format usually offers multiple size options, depending on which print on demand company you choose. All of them offer four-color front and back covers with black and white interior, up to as much as 400 pages. You will need to create two digital files, one for the cover, and one for the interior of the book. Most print on demand companies require the file to be in a print ready (300 dpi) PDF format. To get a professional designed look, the initial layout is usually done in In Design, and then the graphic artist will export that file to a print ready PDF, which you may upload to your print on demand account.

Advanced | Short Run Book Printing | Sell in Book Stores

The final option for how to make a book online will be to search Google for the short run printing companies to print your book. Depending on the size, color (or black and white), hard back cover, type of paper used, number of copies require, and shape you will gather different quotes for the cost involved. They will quote you based on “camera- or print-ready art.” You will need to find various graphic design specialists for the cover, and the interior of the book.  In order to sell in book stores, you will need to register as a publisher at Bowker Books, and get your book an ISBN number so that it will be listed in BOOKS IN PRINT, from which book stores order their books.


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