In today’sPubletariat Dispatch, book designer Joel Friedlander discusses the current design limitations of ebooks on the iPad.
Last month, Joanna Penn put together a useful blog post on How To Publish Your Book On The iPad. In the article she points out the various ways you can get a book onto the iPad, including:
- Smashwords by creating a Word file that conforms with their requirements (spelled out in the 37-page guide, by the way)
- Kindle which is a kind of back door onto the iPad through the Kindle for iPad app
- Lulu the author-services company that is, like Smashwords, an Apple Aggregator for the iBookstore.
- Aggregators beside the ones mentioned above. At last count there were eight, and there’s a handy list in the article The Apple iBookstore and You put together by Scott Flora, executive director of SPANnet.com.
But having gone to all the trouble to get your book onto the iPad, what can you expect? How do the books translate into the ebooks that buyers will see when they go iBook shopping?