Protecting and Registering Your Ebook

Written by Shelley Lowery

Once you've created your ebook, you'll want to takerepparttar necessary steps to protect your work. Although many ebook compilers will enable you to password protect your ebook, none can offer complete security.

Copyrighting Your Ebook

The moment you create your ebook,repparttar 108495 US copyright laws protect you. However, if you should need to file an infringement lawsuit, you must register. Although registration is generally voluntary, it is recommended, as you certainly don't want your work to be copied and claimed by someone else. If you don't takerepparttar 108496 time to register a copyright, you may have little or no recourse should your work be illegally copied.

Visitrepparttar 108497 following sites to register online:


Click and Copyright

For further information, visitrepparttar 108498 US Copyright Office:

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

Once you get your copyright, your next step will be to obtain an ISBN.

An ISBN is a 10-digit number that uniquely identifies books and similar products that are published internationally. It is used to uniquely identify one specific title, whether it is a book, ebook or similar product from one specific publisher. This number is completely unique to that one title or edition.

If you would like to sell your ebooks in bookstores or online, you'll need to obtain an ISBN. Once you obtain your ISBN, you can submit your title to be listed inrepparttar 108499 Books in Print database. Bookstores and Libraries refer to Books in Print when they need to order a particular book from a publisher.

When you're ready to order your ISBN, keep in mind, it can never be reused. Once it is assigned to a specific title, it cannot be used again -- even ifrepparttar 108500 title is no longer available. What this means is that if you update your book in any way, you will have to get a new number. In addition, if you're offering your ebook in different formats, you must use a separate ISBN for each format.

Ebook Design (PDF)

Written by Shelley Lowery

Once you have decided uponrepparttar best format for your ebook, your next step will berepparttar 108494 design process. No matter which format you choose, one ofrepparttar 108495 most important factors in determining your ebook's overall success is your presentation. Your ebook should not only look professional in design, but should also be well organized and easily navigated. In addition, your ebook should include images that will enhance its appearance and compliment your subject matter.

Although you can design your ebook using an application of your choice, forrepparttar 108496 purpose of this article, we will focus on designing your ebook with Microsoft Word.

When you purchase and install Adobe Acrobat, a shortcut button will be added to your Microsoft Word toolbar. This button will enable you to instantly convert your word document into a PDF document.

When you begin designing your ebook, think of each page you create as a page of a book, because that's exactly what it is. Your ebook is a book in electronic format. Althoughrepparttar 108497 structure of your ebook may vary, here is a basic guideline to assist you:

Opening Page

The first page of your ebook will represent your book cover. It should contain an image or logo that will compliment your ebook. This page should also include your ebook's title, followed by an opening statement.


The next portion of your ebook may contain a Foreword with information in regard to your copyrights, disclaimers or other important information.


Your Foreword may be followed by instructional information in regard to using your ebook, such as navigation. Your instructions might include an overview of how to navigate your ebook and even some screenshots.

Table of Contents

A Table of Contents will assist your readers in easily locating each section of your ebook.

When writing your text in Microsoft Word, you are provided with a number of options to assist you in formatting your pages in a specific layout. This powerful program will not only enable you to insert page numbers, headers, footers, borders and images, but it will also create your Table of Contents for you.

Creating Your Table of Contents will be one of your last steps in designing your ebook. In order for Microsoft Word to create your Table of Contents, you must first apply specific heading styles torepparttar 108498 chapter headings that you would like to be displayed within your Table of Contents.

To add a style to your chapter headings, highlight your text and click onrepparttar 108499 style drop-down box onrepparttar 108500 left side of your toolbar and select Heading1. You can edit your Heading1 style to display your heading inrepparttar 108501 font and size of your choice.

If you would like to display any subtitles beneath your titles, simply followrepparttar 108502 same procedure above. However, instead of selecting Heading1, select Heading2 and so on.

To build your Table of Contents, click onrepparttar 108503 page where you would like to insert your Table of Contents. Click on "Insert" then on "Index and Tables" and selectrepparttar 108504 Table of Contents tab. Select your preferred format and Word will instantly create your Table of Contents.

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