How to create Ebook from PDF?

I have just "published" my book on IngramSpark. I am the publisher, but use IngramSpark as a print-on-demand service and to distribute the book.

They also offer ebook publishing, but I think I need to make that ebook.

Please give me an idea what options I have? What the effort is for each option? What feature my ebook would gain with various methods?

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
There is a perfect manual how to do it .

I think if you'll fallow then you'll get what you need.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have the underlying Word doc of course...

I have the book already written. It seems this article is about finding a topic. The book's written and published. I need to know how to get it from Word (or PDF) into ebook format.

I was under the impression I need to code it in HTML.

What technology options are there? Does IngramSpark have any kind of automation to create an ebook?

Mark MandevilleCommented:
Hi there, there are many online converter(Lucidpress, toepub, etc.) which converts your pdf or even word doc into various ebook formats like EPUB, FB2, etc.
The technology used behind ebooks are CSS and HTML. You can check the video link, which shows how to code ebook.
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Depends on your target publishing platform.

For example, if you're publishing an Amazon E-Book, currently they allow uploading .pdf or .doc or .docx or .epub or .mobi or .html (note).

About HTML. Amazon only accepts a subset of HTML they call KF8. More here... - KF8 overview. - List of allow HTML tags.

Amazon has said for years they're going to eventually require KF8 only submission + everyone ignores this, as they've been saying this for at least 5+ years now.

Most other E-Book systems also accept similar formats.

Rule of thumb. Upload your native format, so if you work in .doc or .docx, upload this copy... so if the formatting's off you can change it in your native file, rather than attempting to effect formatting in some post processing (conversion) tool.

Tip: Wherever you publish, buy a copy of your book, so you can see exactly what your purchasers see.

Amazon Tip: When you publish updates, previous buyers of your book will never see any of your updates, unless you go through Amazon's sparsely documented process to push updates to previous buyers. This is another reason to buy your book, so you know if/when updates push to previous buyers.

Pushing Kindle Updates To Previous Users covers this process.

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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I like the idea of having an ebook version, even with limited form or function, immediately. I will pursue this with IngramSpark and see how far it gets me.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Keep in mind Amazon has 80%+ of the E-Book marketplace + they pay 70% commission if you publish exclusively with them + 30% if you publish other places also.

Most people limit themselves to only publishing E-Books on Amazon.

You do this by just logging into Amazon + uploading your book. is the upload link.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Good luck!

If you have any questions about Kindle publishing, PM me.

I know far more than any human should about the technical glitchery of KDP publishing.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Great. I have a question about:

"Keep in mind Amazon has 80%+ of the E-Book marketplace + they pay 70% commission if you publish exclusively with them + 30% if you publish other places also."

Amazon pays me 70% on an ebook? A $10 purchase nets me $7? And that's for an exclusive?

Thats sound like a pretty darn good deal!

If they are non-exclusive, they only pay 30%? (that makes the decision pretty easy...)
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:

This is one way Amazon encourages people to only publish with them.

Off topic + about Amazon money...

When you publish on Amazon, you'll be given the ability to publish in two categories.

The categories are listed here which in no way resemble categories listed on the Amazon site.

For most eyeballs on books, start with a leaf node category, maybe less relevant that you imagine + in your category chain.

What you're looking for is enough eyeballs + sales, to boost your upwards in the category tree, because each new branch where you get listed, produces more eyeballs + sales.

If this is your first time working with Amazon, reach out to Kindle authors you know + ask them questions about how they produce traction/sales in Amazon.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help. I'll be in touch with PM.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Glad to assist!

Enjoy your publishing!
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