Please Comment On My Ebook Layout And It is yours For Free

by abdoue
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It's a template for eBooks. Complete with ready-made covers and internal layouts.


Have you ever written an eBook that once you'd finished you didn't know how to present it? Or have you had any doubts about how to give the right impression? That's what happened to me. A while ago I wrote an eBook but I didn't know how to lay it out, or make the cover, or how to make it look good.


The problem was, I was so keen to get the information out into the world that I hadn't even thought about how to present it. I had my text and wanted to show my work clearly and in an appealing way, but just didn't know how. In the end I rushed something together and, in hindsight, it looked amateurish and definitely ruined the very good information that lay inside.

So I decided to create some layouts for my next ebooks and reports here is the first one :





If you want to test it and send me some feedback reply to this thread and I will gladly send you a copy in .doc format

Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shakul
    Presentation doesnt matter much if your information is great. Even if you sell great information in a text/html file without any formatting, it will sell.

    Shakul
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracy Yates
    Ebook formatting is a toss up.

    Add too much and you take away from your content. Add too little and your product could be thought of as subpar.

    I believe if you have just the right combination, then the perceived value placed on your information product can be made much higher.

    Now, with that said, I think if you like designing ebook layouts, then keep doing it! I also do some ebook layout designing, but my format is strictly OpenOffice Writer. MS Word is a hard beast to tame, and I'm speaking from experience here.

    As this is your first set of designs, I think you're doing well. Keep going and see where you're experience in designing takes you in the next few months. You'll be surprised when you look back at your first designs and see what you are then capable of creating


    Tracy
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      Originally Posted by Tracy Yates View Post

      Ebook formatting is a toss up.

      Add too much and you take away from your content. Add too little and your product could be thought of as subpar.

      I believe if you have just the right combination, then the perceived value placed on your information product can be made much higher.

      Now, with that said, I think if you like designing ebook layouts, then keep doing it! I also do some ebook layout designing, but my format is strictly OpenOffice Writer. MS Word is a hard beast to tame, and I'm speaking from experience here.

      As this is your first set of designs, I think you're doing well. Keep going and see where you're experience in designing takes you in the next few months. You'll be surprised when you look back at your first designs and see what you are then capable of creating


      Tracy
      Tracy Thank you very much for your great advice and encouragement

      can I ask you to test the template for me in open office
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracy Yates
    Certainly abdoue. Just send it my way and I'll test it out for you.

    I'm always happy to help out a fellow ebook layout designer .

    Tracy
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      The Download link sent to all who requested it

      Anyone Else need This Layout?
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  • I was just about to write a guide. I was wondering how to put the pics in there professionally, while maintaining an easy to follow pattern.

    PM me
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  • Profile picture of the author j hogan
    I'd be happy to test it, I'm just working on a new project at the moment. I usually write in open office ,
    thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      @Charles @J Hogans Pm sent
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Far too busy for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizzyUK
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      Yes BizzyUk you are right the original purpose was a tennis guide but all the layout components are customizable from the colors to the pictures
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  • Profile picture of the author InfoAcademy
    I'll give you some feedback if you want to send the .doc..... it looks a little busy from the pictures but that may just be because it's small.
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      Originally Posted by InfoAcademy View Post

      I'll give you some feedback if you want to send the .doc..... it looks a little busy from the pictures but that may just be because it's small.

      Pm Sent Looking for the feedback soon
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      • Profile picture of the author TeamGlobal
        Very nicely done. The layout sets it apart from most ebooks you see.


        All The Very Best,


        Tony
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  • Profile picture of the author InfoAcademy
    Hi!

    I really like your ebook layout expecially since it is in Word, and I can change the colors/pictures.

    Some suggestions:
    1. The font spacing is too tight. Per the book, Book Design and Production, you sould have the spaceing set to Exactly two points higher than the font size.

    Here's the book if you want more info. The author has some great stuff about print books that you might be able to use:  Book Design and Production Book Design and Production .

    2. I would like a title page with copyright and disclaimer info.

    3. How about a table of contents? Especially with Word, those can be automatically created from the fields and then updated as you make changes.

    4. I put a footer on all my books with the copyright and site contact info (that might mess with your design though).

    5. I especially like how you have the page 4 of 5 and 5 of 5 on different sides of the page. I need to fix that with my next book since each page looks the same.

    6. I also use at least two types of headings - a master one and a sub-heading. I noticed yours are actually text boxes so I'm not sure whether that will work with the table of contents.

    Overall gorgeous - thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Julie

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  • Profile picture of the author LKKnecht
    I think it looks great, very professional. I would be tempted to use something like that due to the way I would want to present my information. Having said that, the ebooks that I've read from my favorite marketers are mostly verdana/helvetica font on white. No ecover. Just plain and simple with great info. I don't think I would have been more impressed if it was presented on a layout like yours. Actually, it might have been a bit distracting.

    Good Luck!
    Lisa
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    I like it as well but I'll throw in a word of caution: With ebooks, two column styles are annoying and make reading more difficult. Yours for the most part are brief so that helps.

    I think for my taste the jumping back and forth between one column and two is more busy than I want in my books. Nice job at first glance though
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      thanks for everyone who asked for a copy of the template
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    • Profile picture of the author InfoAcademy
      Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

      I like it as well but I'll throw in a word of caution: With ebooks, two column styles are annoying and make reading more difficult. Yours for the most part are brief so that helps.
      Good point -- since I don't like wide lines of text, I put in a lot of white space on the page with the side margins so the columns to read were only about 5 inches (and it left plenty of space for making notes). The only problem was that it created a lot of pages for my readers to print. More white space makes for easier reading.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Word designs I think can be easier to do than OOo especially if you have used the format and styles within it.

    Many people will want to print out the book, make sure you have a plain printer friendly version as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author abdoue
      thanks for everybody who commented on my design

      note:you have all the right to use it in your projects

      enjoy !
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  • Profile picture of the author yaji
    I would like to test it, and will provide a feedback.
    Thank.
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    Thanks, Yaji

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  • Profile picture of the author Earl Smith
    Presentation does matter you don't need to be flashy but you do want to compliment you articles/material and you might attract others that like what they see.

    People do judge books by there cover a lot of the time.



    Have a good week
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  • Profile picture of the author yaji
    I downloaded and took a look look. It is very good for a book. I liked the layout and it is general enough to be used almost for all topics, though you can change the pics to suit your needs.

    One thing to note, the font is a little bit too small, in my opinion. It is size 10.

    Thank you for the template.
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    Thanks, Yaji

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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Ordenes
    I think its great that you are taking the time to present your product. Congrats.
    I'd love to download an ebook that not only offers good information, but also has a great layout. I know some people may disagree with me, but I am completely for a good marriage between information and design. I fact, people may not realize this, but the design/layout of an ebook can dictate how well one digests the information.

    Well done, I don't think its quite there yet, but I'm sure it will be better to read than most
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