Hand-coded Ebook Design

Beyond the presets, the difference is in the code.

Ebooks must work on a wide variety of devices and apps. We have no idea how any particular reader might be accessing the book. An ebook might be read on any ereader, tablet, or app. Or on a big-screen TV. Or a computer screen. Or [fill in the next hot new platform here].

The old concepts of web design apply here. We want an ebook that is consistent in how it presents the content, with readable text and images on all devices and apps, and that is accessible so that people using screen readers can also enjoy the content.

Ebook Design and Formatting

Ebooks can be tricky, especially in getting them to look good in a variety of e-readers. My approach centers on clean mark-up and effective, efficient styling. You receive an ePub master and, optionally, a Kindle version.

My fee depends upon the complexity of the content and how “clean” the styles are in the manuscript. I provide a fixed bid after reviewing the full manuscript. Ebook design starts at $250.

“I recently hired Laura Scott to convert a print book that my husband and I had written into e-book form. We are not that tech-savvy but Laura was very patient about answering our questions and explaining our options. We were very pleased with the results and enjoyed working with her. She seemed willing to help in any way she could. I would definitely use her services again if the need should arise.”

— Doris Martin