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Back when I wrote my first three books, I used Word and hired someone to format one of my books. Getting a book from written form into .epub and .mobi formats was a hair-pulling experience for me. One day, thanks to Chris Brogan, I was introduced to what I think is the most amazing writing and publishing tool:

Pressbooks.

Pressbooks is a writing/publishing tool based on the Wordpress blog platform. If you use Wordpress for your blogs, you'll instantly feel at home with this tool. Pressbooks organizes your book with front matter, chapters and back matter. You can easily add pages and switch around chapters. It automatically creates a Table of Contents for print and it is clickable in electronic formats, allowing readers to instantly jump to chapters. You can add pictures and resize them. There are several themes to choose from which will provide design and formatting for your book.



I published my fourth book, The Passionate Lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People using Pressbooks and it was so incredibly easy. The export feature packages the book into .epub, .mobi and PDF files. I can jump from book to book within the software and everything is completely organized.

I am now working on my next four books using Pressbooks and I can't imagine using anything else.

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Comment by Gail Nelson on July 20, 2013 at 5:45pm

Thanks Karen, I may just take you up on that!

Comment by Karen Putz on July 17, 2013 at 7:06am

Gail and Adam, if you have any questions, I'm happy to help! 


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Comment by Adam Rico on July 15, 2013 at 10:40pm

This is great Karen. I'm writing a book that should launch in October of this year. This looks like a really easy way to get it uploaded to Kindle. I may have a few questions for you as I go along. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Gail Nelson on July 14, 2013 at 8:14pm

Thanks for this - my first book is in the editing phases, and the ebook formatting is going to be vastly different than how I format for print. I will be checking this out!

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