Well I did it, I’m officially a publisher. I wanted to publish a paperback version of my latest creation called “Two Decades of Digital Photography”. I have ebooks uploaded to Kindle and Lulu which is easy because they don’t require an ISBN. However print versions do require an ISBN and if you get one the easy way through Amazon or Lulu you aren’t the publisher, they are. And that means they have exclusive use of your publication.
The path to becoming your own publisher goes through Bowker.com where you can create a publisher account and get your own ISBN numbers. Today I did just that and ordered one ISBN, unfortunately getting just one is the most expensive way to go, you can get a block of 10 for much less per number. But I’m still in experimental mode so I just started with one.
The number showed up on my account waiting for me to assign a book to it, which I managed to do. So… what does it all mean? The paperback version of Two Decades of Digital Photography is now available for sale on Kindle and pending on Lulu while I wait on the mail for a proof copy for final review and approval!
Put out a new ebook on Kindle / Amazon this week called “Two Decades of Digital Photography“. It covers my experience with digital photography from the original Canon EOS-1D through several camera, lens and software iterations and includes over 200 of my favorite images through the years , the stories behind them and how they were made. The ebook will soon be followed by a paperback edition pending some details I still need to work out.
I’m also trying to learn the process for publishing a book on the Lulu platform but I seem to have run into a little hangup, I’ll let you all know how that problem’s resolution comes about! *** Update*** So it turns out the hangup was with the pricing. You have to enter a price for each country that they have listed so you have to go online and do your own currency conversions.
Using InDesign to create a Kindle ebook turned out to be quite a difficult undertaking. Creating a novel with no pictures would be easy, you just write the book and save it as a reflowable epub file. Saving a fixed format file is an entirely different matter. No matter how I formatted the file or what process I ran it through to convert it to Kindle I could not get the fixed file to work. No matter what I did the Kindle viewer jacked up the format. Finally I got a tip from somewhere on the internet and managed to fix the problem using the Kindle Create software. To correctly format an InDesign photography book for Kindle you must export your book as a .PDF file. Then start the Kindle Create software and select new project in the file menu. Then click the Print Replica button on the left which will allow you to read a .PDF file. Once Kindle Create has read and formatted your .PDF file you can save it as a Kindle Project and click the Generate button to create the .kpf file which you can upload as your manuscript in the Kindle ebook creation process.
Unfortunately I had already published the badly reformatted reflowable version and the Kindle software wouldn’t let me replace the reflowable version with a fixed format one so I had to unpublish it and start over with a whole new submission.
Lol, now I have a permanent record of how I bumbled my way through the process so next time I can just read my own blog post to figure it out 🙂