As more and more people carry mobile devices and tablets, eBooks are rising in popularity. And, creating a Jewish eBook or even a collection of essays in this format, can be something that would garner interest to many people—regardless of age or level of observance. So recently, we were asked if we could recommend any free and easy tools that can be used to publish and sell an eBook.
This new publishing method is a great way to feature the writing of your faculty or kollel, and by extension, help raise both awareness and funds without going through the long and costly process of publishing a book with one of the traditional Jewish publishers.
Likewise, if you or your organization are publishing a book, creating an eBook version could be an additional way to garner dedication opportunities and bring in more donations. After all, people could submit a payment to dedicate the book and/or eBook versions of your work.
In this post, we will introduce you to three free tools that can help you easily create your own eBook!
Draft can easily export to a PDF, ePub, or Mobi (Kindle) file. It’s for that reason that many authors do all their writing in Draft which allows them to instantly have their eBook read on a Kindle, iPad, etc.
Plus, rabbis, educators, and students who blog can easily publish to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and even Twitter directly from Draft. Draft even has a Chrome extension that lets you save anything you write on a webpage. There are many more incredibly useful features in Draft that you can check out here.
Like Draft, Liberio also allows you to immediately export your files to a variety of eBook formats.
What sets this tool apart?
If you save all of your files in “The Google Cloud,” Liberio should be the publishing platform that you choose because it automatically syncs with Google Drive and exports your document into all of the eBook formats.
LeanPub is a simple and free platform that allows you to create a landing page for your eBook, collect sign-ups, and like the other options mentioned above, publish your content in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats.
LeanPub can also help you sell your work directly on their site. What makes LeanPub incredibly unique, is that if you change or update the content of your eBook, it automatically sends an update to anyone who downloaded your work.
You can learn how to start an eBook using LeanPub from scratch and from a Microsoft Word document by following the videos that appear below.
We hope this roundup and the informative infographics below, help you publish and market your Jewish eBook in this new format. Hatzlacha!