Ebooks have one big problem. They usually look plain and awfully boring.
But now, it is easy to convert your ebook manuscript into a format that will make it much more attractive for ebook buyers.
Draft2digital (D2D) has been extremely innovative in so many areas.
And now for self-publishing authors, it has made publishing a professionally formatted ebook a very simple process. Even better, its an absolutely free service.
Easy typography for ebooks
As I have written before, the fact that end matter, other titles and email sign-ups are all automatically included when publishing with Draft2digital makes it an excellent option for authors who wish to open-publish.
It is also a platform you can use to offer free ebooks if you wish.
But now that D2D has added its new ebook typography feature, one of my long-held self-publishing wishes has been fulfilled.
You can now easily add beautiful typography to your ebooks.
What do you need to do?
The process is so simple that it is a wonder it hasn’t been done before. Login to your Draft2digital dashboard, and go to “My Books”.
Select one of your books, and then hover over the “Edit Book” link and then select “Preview Layout”.
Now you will see your ebook text and the style selector pictured below, on the right of your screen. You are ready to make your ebook shine with only a few clicks.
As you can see from the image above, there is a range of formatting styles to choose from, and it is simply a matter of clicking on each style, and a preview of your new text appears instantly.
My original text formatting appears first in the preview screen, and as you can see, it’s plain, ordinary, boring and well, like millions of other ebooks, rather unappealing.
But then I applied the new magic that Draft2digital now offers.
I tried the Maraschino style with Drop Caps first, and the result is below. Wow!! With just a couple of clicks, the text is transformed instantly into something much more readable and inviting.
I then tried a mystery format on another title and loved the all-caps first phrase.
Lastly, I chose a new style for one of my science fiction titles and gave it a whole new look.
At last – a beautiful ebook
Draft2digital is bringing so much innovation to ebook and paperback publishing that is fast becoming the leader in quality online ebook aggregation.
While there is no argument that Amazon KDP and Kindle are indispensable when it comes to gaining traction and ebook sales, Draft2digital is making the option of open-publishing more and more viable.
The only question I have in my mind right now is when Amazon KDP will offer the facility to add beautiful ebook typography and classy formatting to make Kindle ebooks more attractive to readers.
For the time being, it’s Draft2digital that is making the running in this regard.