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eBook Publishing Made Easy: Google Docs + Sigil + Calibre

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How hard could it be? Those are usually the last words I utter before descending into a quagmire of technical pain as I work through how to use and master a new technology. Fortunately this time, making an eBook and related hard copy book turned out to be a straightforward and fairly easy process to master… once all the appropriate tools were identified and lined up, that is. An added bonus is that all the software is free to download and use on both Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

For a text version of this tutorial, including info on how to publish your book to the Kindle store see this blog post:

eBook Publishing Made Easy: Google Docs + Sigil + Calibre

Related Downloads:

Google Docs – http://docs.google.com
Sigil – http://code.google.com/p/sigil/downloads/list
Calibre – http://calibre-ebook.com/download

Comments

Daniel Thomas MacInnes says:

Dumb question: does the Google Docs file have to be the entire manuscript or can you use separate docs files for each chapter? That's how I wrote my manuscripts on Google.

Lucy Finch says:

how do you get a cover for ur book!?

Dean Bokhari says:

thanks, Rich.

Self Publishing says:

Such an informative tool for aspiring authors!

Rich McCue says:

I think that I've found a solution to the problem. After exporting from Google Drive to HTML, search in the HTML file for ".c16". This is a CSS style embedded in the HTML. Remove ";padding: 72pt 72pt 72pt 72pt" from the .c16 style. That should do the trick. Good luck!

J Travis Washburn says:

I've followed this and love how easy it is. One hangup though: This process seems to create default margins of about an inch. This looks great on a big screen. But viewing it on a small tablet, or, worse, a phone makes the text all scrunched into a tiny column into the middle. Is there an easy way to reset the margins to zero in Sigil or Calibre?

ArtClassesIreland says:

Very good
Rich, thank you. A good clear and concise explanation at last.

Adi Mardianto says:

This still surprise me, how lots of people have no idea about Novelonax Academy (search on google), although lots of people learn how to write novel easily because of this tutorial. Thanks to my cousin who told me about Novelonax Academy, I have learn how to write, publish, and market my own novel.

Rich McCue says:

The Sigil-0.6.2-Windows-Setup.exe would work for sure. If you know you have a 64 bit version of windows, you can use the Sigil-0.6.2-Windows-x64-Setup.exe version. Enjoy!

Patrick Wong says:

There are several download files in the Sigil download list, which file should I use. My computer is running on Windows 7?

Rich McCue says:

I'm glad it helped. Cheers!

Tom Heatherington says:

There is a big future for the ebook. Printed books are as technologically advanced as they can be. With more and more people becoming interested in ebooks, ebook reader technology is becoming more advanced each and every year.

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