Get Pages Ready
If you know HTML or have some experience in creating
websites, the entire process of preparing pages can be briefly
described like this. Turn your eBook into a website. Place
all HTML and image files in one folder (let us call it the
book folder). Save eBook chapters to separate files (chapter1.html,
If you are creating a commercial eBook and want to require
registration for accessing the paid part of the eBook, create
a new folder in the eBook folder (for protected files).
Save chapters available after registration to this folder.
Format the text and insert images. Add links for moving to
the next/previous chapter to each page to make the navigation
through it more convenient.
If you want to make it still more convenient, add the
table of contents that will be displayed on the left panel
of the eBook. To do it, create a new folder in the eBook
folder (for the left panel). Save the HTML file with the
table of contents pointing to eBook pages to it.
The file structure of the eBook should look approximately
like this …
You will find ready-made templates for eBooks at our
site. Just download them, unpack them and insert your text
At this stage you should turn your eBook into HTML documents. If
you do not know HTML, we recommend that you use a WYSIWYG (what you
see is what you get) HTML Editor. NVU (a
free HTML editor that does not require the knowledge of HTML) is
one of such editors. Use it to format text, insert images and create
navigation between pages. This stage of creating your eBook is no
less important than typing the text. The comfort of your reader will
depend on how good formatting and navigation will be.
Start from creating a folder for your eBook. It will contain all
HTML files, images and other files that you want to insert into your
eBook. You will compile this folder with eBook Maestro later. All
files stored in this folder (including its subfolders) will be included
into the eBook after the compilation so try to get rid of unnecessary
files in this folder.
We will use the folder named eBook in this tutorial. You will prepare
files for your eBook in this folder.
If your eBook contains images, create a separate folder for them
(for example, Images). It is not required, but it will be more convenient
for you to store images and other additional files in different folders.
Copy all your images to this folder.
Attention: avoid using bitmap
(.bmp) files because they are not compressed and will considerably
increase the size of your eBook. Convert them into jpeg (.jpg)
files of a smaller size. Use any image editor for that, for example,
It is a free image viewer that can also convert images and apply
effects to them.
Now split the eBook into HTML files.
- Create a new HTML page and save
it to the eBook folder.
- Copy/paste the first chapter from your
- Format the text and insert images.
- Add text or image hyperlinks for
moving between pages at the top or at the bottom of the page.
the same steps to prepare HTML files for each chapter of the
If you are going to sell the eBook and want to make some pages
available only after the registration, you should create a separate
subfolder inside the eBook folder (for example, Protected). It is
required. All pages and images that you want to protect from unregistered
users must be stored in this folder. Subfolders located in this folder
will also be protected. Move all pages and images you want to protect
to this folder.
If your HTML Editor has a website file management
system, use it to move pages from one folder to another. The HTML
Editor will automatically fix all hyperlinks in pages when you
move them. If there is no such system, edit all hyperlinks manually
and make sure that all pages are linked correctly after you move
Tip. Arrange the eBook in such a way that free pages will be useful
for the reader from the first lines. He must want to continue reading
and read the eBook to the end, which means he will have to register
and pay money. Spend some time to arrange paid/free pages. Finally,
it will influence how many people who download your eBook will buy
Table of contents
If you want to make reading your eBook still more convenient, add
a Table of Contents to it. It is an additional page that is displayed
on the supplementary (left) panel. The user can hide and show this
panel when necessary.
Create a separate subfolder inside the eBook folder (for example,
LeftPanel). It is required. All pages that will be displayed in
the left panel must be stored in this folder. Create a new HTML page
and save it to the left panel folder.
Type the table of contents
and add hyperlinks to HTML pages of your eBook. When you compile
the eBook, the page with the Table of contents will be displayed
in the Left Panel. Clicks on links in the table of contents will
open the corresponding pages in the Main Panel.
Congratulations ! You have just created HTML pages that are ready
to be converted into an electronic book.