Since 2003, I’ve been publishing my novels on Novaun Novels in various formats to meet different reader needs. At present, I offer the novels in free versions of HTML, PDF, Mobipocket, and EPUB. The MOBIs and EPUBs were tested on various devices and in several apps in 2015 and still work just fine on the devices and in the apps that I use. The MOBIs and EPUBs are basic calibre conversions. My goal was functionality across various devices and simplicity in design. I haven’t tweaked the code or attempted to have the EPUBs validated. There is no guarantee that these files will function correctly or appear properly on your particular device. The MOBIs and EPUBs are small files—with small cover images—and they don’t include the maps or any other interior photographs or graphics. I believe that they may be of most use to readers who use old devices or who live in parts of the world that don’t have access to the commercial versions.
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In 2018, I will add three new commercial versions to my list of formats: soft cover, Kindle, and EPUB. All of these versions contain the maps and have been formatted to the strict requirements of the publishers. They will be the easiest for most readers to use since they will be available via direct purchase and/or download from many major retailers.
The soft cover books are absolutely beautiful! One of the reasons I waited so long to publish my books in this form was because I wanted them to look and feel professional. They have exceeded my expectations!
The new ebooks are also beautiful. I have tested the EPUBs in Adobe Digital Editions, Aldiko, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play Books, iBooks, and Overdrive. They look good and function well in all of these formats, but I’d like to make you aware of a quirk in Aldiko that could make your reading experience less than ideal if you use that app.
Every app I tested but Aldiko allows the reader to change fonts and line spacing without disabling the CSS, which is the core style sheet of an ebook. In Aldiko, the only way to change the font is to completely override the publisher’s formatting as specified in the CSS. In an ebook with very simple formatting this may not be an issue. What makes this a problem in my books is that I use a lot of italics text to designate telepathic communication that disappears when the CSS is disabled.
Fortunately, there is an easy fix for this problem. Simply go into the settings and uncheck the “Advanced Formatting” box.
The books will use the default Aldiko font and everything will look fine. You will be able to change the font size, margins, and color and perform the various basic functions of the app.
The only things you won’t be able to change will be the font, line spacing, and justification. If this state of things takes you from your happy place, simply open or sideload the ebook into a different app. I prefer Nook for viewing my books, but I like Google Play Books also. Both will give you multiple options and look great!
PDF: This format will look great on a PC or laptop screen. This is also the format to use if you would like to print out the novels. You can also use these files on your dedicated reading devices and mobile phones, but they will not look as good or be quite as functional as EPUB, MOBI, or HTML on the smaller screens.
HTML: Any computer or mobile device that has an Internet browser should be able to read these files.
MOBI/Kindle: This is the format to use if you have a Kindle or a phone that has a Mobipocket reader on it. The easiest way I’ve found to get a MOBI file into the Kindle app or onto a Kindle device is to email it to the app or device. To do this, your own email address needs to be added to the “Approved Document E-mail list” in your Amazon “Manage Your Content and Devices” settings. The free MOBIs will be filed as personal documents. They may or may not show up with your Kindle books, depending on how you choose to organize your files.
EPUB: Many devices and applications use this format, including (but not limited to) Adobe Digital Editions, Aldiko, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play Books, iPad, Kobo, and Overdrive, These files are typically easy to put into an app or on a device via direct download from the website, opening an email attachment, or sideloading from one device to another with a USB cable.
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This work by Katherine Padilla is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.