How to Turn Your eBook into a “Real” Print Book

by in Self Publishing

For the past several months I have been writing and creating eBooks, specifically for the Amazon Kindle, on a variety of topics. Fiction, non-fiction, plus books filled with photographs and art. During this time, there was a niggling thought in my head that I needed to create a book in print. The photographers and artists that have been following my path to publication were starting to ask – what about Print on Demand (POD) books?

Many of my colleagues are very familiar with POD since that is how many of us met over the years. Companies like CafePress, Zazzle, Printfection and others that have popped up along the way have given artists and photographers a way to print their images on products for many years.

So it was only natural that this group of people decided that they not only wanted to see their work on eReaders, but that they also wanted to know how to format and create print books.

In the past six months or so it has actually become easier to create a print book and have it sell on Amazon and in other distribution channels. Amazon owned Create Space platform recently launched an Interior Previewer that shows you exactly how your book will look and whether there are font or photo/image problems before you submit the manuscript for printing.

The book in the video I haven't had printed yet, but have added two others that passed on the first try :) The next previously scary step is to add a cover, and Create Space actually has a very easy to use Cover Creator as well. You can use their templates and add your own elements. You don't have to worry about creating the spine separately, or what size it is because they calculate that for you. Will do a separate video about that in the future, I have a novel to upload there and that will definitely have a spine. So far, the photo books I have loaded don't have a big enough spine to print on.

Here is one of the books I published, using their cover template. If you click the Kindle link you will see the different cover that I made for the Kindle version.

Print Version

Poetry and Peonies
List Price:
$16.99 Buy from Amazon
Photography of Japanese Tree Peonies Combined with Poetry and Garden Quotations
Authored by Deborah Carney

Publication Date: Mar 06 2012
ISBN/EAN13: 1470168642 / 9781470168643
Page Count: 34
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Language: English
Color: Full Color

Kindle Version

List Price: 4.99 Buy for Kindle

Look for content you have that you can create as a book, pull together that poetry you wrote, gather photos on a topic and you have no excuses not to put together a great book for Kindle and print. Visit for more tips and tricks and links to other sites with author resources. Plus you can submit your book to us and will post it and publicize it for you.

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About the Author - Deborah Carney

Deborah Carney - mom of 3 children, 2 that were physically handicapped - has been a Work at Home Mom for over 30 years. From wanting to work at home to needing to, she has a lot to share. She currently educates people via ABCsPlus podcasts, is helping people publish books via .


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Debbie March 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I have used Create Space for book printing. It’s a decent service with room for a lot of improvement but it does work and the prices are OK (better if you order copies and sell your own instead of using their POD service.) Being able to sell on is a good benefit although my book and other POD books get listed at the very end of their listings. Any ideas on how to get that rank up would be appreciated.


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