Sharing our Knowledge through eBooks

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By Kathy Biggs

As a reader of the Citizen Scientists League, and especially if you are a contributor to the League, you may have information that you’d like to publish to an even larger audience, or perhaps the knowledge you want to distribute is much more lengthy than an article or two. Until recently, this would be an enormous endeavor. You’d need to submit a manuscript to a publisher, well, probably to more than one. And, most likely, you would face many rejection notices. But, this is true no more!

With the development of eBooks, we can share our knowledge with each other, regardless of the inclinations of publishing houses, many of which, after all, are interested mostly in making profits, not sharing knowledge. But still, this is new technology, and there are skills to be learned.

The following series of four articles, to be published weekly for the next four weeks, will gently walk you through the processes of writing and publishing an eBook. Since the Kindle format is the current industry leader, and Amazon.com is the largest retailer of eBooks, the series of articles will teach you how to create a Kindle eBook, to be sold on Amazon.com.

BTW: The Kindle app can be downloaded for free from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dig_arl_box?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771 and used not only on a Kindle reader, but also on any iPhone, iPad, iPod, Droid, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, PC or Mac. As one of the users of my new dragonfly eGuide commented, it has no weight at all for those who carry a smart phone, and it can be read anywhere! Have to wait in line at the store? The book is there in your pocket waiting for use. Your readers will be able to add bookmarks, write notes, and use highlights in your book, without destroying it. Your knowledge can literally be at their fingertips. And, Amazon.com does offer both 35% and 70% royalty rate plans.

This first article in this series is a flow chart for the beginning steps to use in creating a Kindle eBook. While writing my first eBook, a guide to the dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest (http://www.amazon.com/Dragonflies-California-Southwest-Beginners-ebook/dp/B007HSS1F4/), I found that although Amazon.com has support pages for creating a Kindle eBook, they were not particularly helpful. I have tried to be as thorough as possible, because, as with any flow chart, the steps must be completed in order, in detail, to arrive at the usable finished product.

BTW: No time to write your own Kindle eBook? Kathy, through her Azalea Creek Publishing company, offers her skills to Citizen Scientists League members at $100 per eBook, plus $1.00 per photo. Text must be final form, and photos pre-cropped. Changes after formatting will accrue additional charges.

Part I: Flow Chart for How to BEGIN the Writing of your Kindle eBook.
(link to article, Thursday, April 19)

Part II: Flow Chart for How to FINISH the Writing of your Kindle eBook.
(link to article,  2nd Thursday, April 26)

Part III:  Flow Chart for How to CONVERT your Word.doc to MOBI using Calibre
(link to article, 3rd Thursday, May 3)

Part IV: Flow Chart for How to UPLOAD your MOBI File to Amazon.com
(link to article, 4th Thursday, May 10)

Note: Bookmark this page; I'll be adding links above to each article as we publish them. -Ed.

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4 Responses to Sharing our Knowledge through eBooks

  1. Reginald Smith says:

    Awesome article series! CSL is writing an anthology of essays by famous scientists on scientific creativity so this has perfect timing!

  2. Sheldon says:

    I rather thought you’d find this interesting. Let’s discuss that anthology soon.

  3. Tim Dolan says:

    I like this for being able to assemble notes and technical documentation for use when working on projects. You can have all the documentation you need without lugging a computer.

  4. Pingback: How to Create a Kindle eBook: Part II | Citizen Scientists League

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