8/18/11 IMPORTANT UPDATE: We’ve updated our Nook ePub template so it works better with the black and white Nook Readers. Our new ePub template is resizable. If you’ve already bought Formatting Comics for Kindle and Nook, just delete the old version and then download the latest version! (If you have trouble at any of the sites, shoot us an email with your purchase history or receipt, and we’ll make sure you get the updated ebook.)
Artist Niki Smith and I have been making digital comics for almost a year now (more or less — though it feels much longer than that). And we want to share what we’ve learned, so other folks can join the fun and get their comics out to a whole new set of readers.
So, we did what any creative folks would do. We made a book! An eBook, to be precise, entitled Formatting Comics for the Kindle and Nook.
While the title pretty much says it all, here’s a bit more info:
Formatting comics and image-heavy eBooks can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating task. Every e-reader on the market has a different screen size, meaning that as a creator/publisher, you have to format your comic multiple times.
In this how-to guide, we’ll be talking about putting together your eBook images for the two biggest e-readers on the market: Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Nook Color.
Buy the Book
- Buy a PDF (2 MB) directly from UnWrecked Press, for just $2.99.
- Amazon’s Kindle Store (Kindle)
- Barnes & Noble (Nook)
- Smashwords (HTML, MOBI, ePub, PDF, RTF, LRF, PDB)
- DriveThruComics (PDF Download)
- The Illustrated Section (PDF Download)
Review the Table of Contents
And if you’d like to know what’s actually in the book, here’s the complete table of contents:
Part 1: Preparing Graphics
- Adjusting for a Smaller Screen
- Tweaking the Text Size
- Adjusting Image Legibility, and Deciding on Grayscale vs Color
- Setting Pixel Dimensions for Kindle
- Setting Pixel Dimensions for Nook
- Adjusting the File Size
- Streamlining the Formatting Process
- Creating the Cover
Part 2: Uploading Your eBooks
- Uploading Your Comic for the Kindle
- Uploading Your Comic for the Nook
Part 3: Working with Digital Distributors
About the Creators
Hope you check it out, and let your comic-writing friends know about our eBook — and anyone else who may have an image-heavy book to turn into an eBook, from a coffee table book to a kids picture book to a photo book or art book. Happy publishing!