Yesterday I talked about the frustration of having to format your books twice, once for print and once for ebooks. And I promised to tell you about an amazing innovation that can literally cut your time in half.
Who wouldn’t want to get 2 totally different formats—print and ebook—with half the work?
I’ll let my associate Tracy Atkins from BookDesignTemplates.com tell the rest of the story:
Over the past year authors have been generous with their feedback, kudos, and requests about our Microsoft Word pre-designed book templates. This valuable insight has not only allowed us to refine our existing templates (and our documentation) and has also given us direction on what authors really want.
This feedback led directly to the introduction last year of our non-fiction and children’s template lines. It also has helped us set the course for the future.
When we were first approached about building a unified template, I was a little unsure about how to tackle it. Because the requirements for printed books and eBooks often differ, we originally split our templates into separate formats for each.
Separate templates freed us to use heavily customized typesetting, fonts, and layout features for our print templates that didn’t have to conform to the limitations of eReader formats like Amazon’s Kindle.
We could then simplify our eBook templates to meet the technical requirements for the eReader devices, which often exclude some of the fancier formatting that goes into print.
Stretching The Word Envelope
So we patiently studied the differences between all of the formats, the limitations of popular eReaders, and the upper limits for what we could build into a unified design.
Our new “2Way” templates were born.
These templates have been specifically designed to give you the fastest way to format a great looking print book that can also be directly converted to any of the major eReader platforms from the same file. We took common fonts like Times New Roman and Arial, and pushed the limits on typography to deliver a clean and professional presentation that will make your books look as good on paper as they do on the screen of an ereader.
Design and Features, Not Just a Wireframe
We know authors have lots of different needs. That’s why we built a wide array of popular fiction and non-fiction features into each of these templates. Features like
- Support for photos and table of contents
- Stylization for pull quotes and body text
- Options for bullet points, lists and even tables
We really want to provide you with all of the goodies that are common to both print and eBook formats. Although these designs aren’t as complex as our print-only templates, they are perfect for novels, short stories and collections, memoirs, and even photo-heavy works.
Simplicity Is Your Friend
Perhaps the best thing about these 2Way templates is their simplicity. You use the same copy-paste-style formula as our existing templates to format your book interior.
You can then format, edit, and create the other elements in your book, from photos to footnotes, right in the template. When you’re done, you can create a PDF for print, or upload the same file to your favorite eReader platform for conversion.
The page numbers and running heads that show up in the PDF version for print will be automatically removed when converted to eBook, and replaced with the numbering system for the format you are using.
The other formatting elements for print will translate over to eBook format during the conversion process. It really does take a lot of the effort out of getting your book ready to go.
Product Details and Great Discount
As always, we include versions of the templates for Word 97 through the most current version, in both .DOC and .DOCX format. So, no matter what version of Word you have, on the PC or Mac, we have you covered.
Since the templates use standard fonts that come with Word or Windows, you don’t even have to install anything new. Simply open the template file and begin work.
And to celebrate the introduction of these new 2Way templates, all three are available right now at 35% off until Sunday night.
So have a look at “Spark”, “Electric”, and “Lightning” on our template gallery page.