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  • Eric V. Van Der Hope (Globalnet Publishing)

    Hi Paul -

    You should be able to find further information on what IngramSpark's guidelines are for epub here:

    http://www.ingramspark.com/plan-your-book/ebooks/epub-guidelines

    -- Eric


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  • Joss Landry

    I use Scrivener for all my writing needs. It is a wonderful program that converts your manuscript into an ebook and a pdf and a mobi file when you are finished.

    There are others out there that will do the same. In order to check and see if your ebook is valid on Ingram Spark, you need to pass it through the ebook validator, an internationally recognized tool that will tell you your manuscript is good to go or not. If it's good you can go ahead. The Validator URL is http://validator.idpf.org You will see the title E-Pub Validator (beta) then you will click on choose file, and upload your file and then verify. If for whatever reason it does not go through, the validator will usually tell you why. To fix this you can download the FREE program called Sigil https://sigil.en.softonic.com This will allow you to correct the errors chapter by chapter. I sometimes had extra art from my covers that I remove this way. The important thing to remember about ebooks and mobi files is they need to be free, as much as possible, of word's hidden HTML language. Good Luck

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  • Kate Stead

    Hi Paul

    The free online programs are normally not so good with children's books.

    What format do you have your book in? Did you want it to be a fixed layout ebook?

    Kate

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  • Eric V. Van Der Hope (Globalnet Publishing)

    Hi Paul -

    IngramSpark requires that eBooks be saved in ePUB format.

    -- Eric

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  • Paul Sterman

    Hi.  Thanks for the reply.

    The programs I have used have offered multiple different types of ePUB formats - the one I chose was rejected by IngramSpark.

    There was ePUB 2, ePUB 3 & mutlple other versions (I think other numbers and one that was iphone compatible).

    Which type is required by IngramSpark?

    Paul Sterman
    Author, Daddy Versus the Squirrels.
    www.daddyversus.com

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  • Michelle Lovi (Odyssey Books)

    Stick with ePub2 format for now -- ePub3 is not widely used yet. 

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  • Tinker Books

    Epub 2 is not accepted by Ingram. They only accept epub 3 format which I had a hard time finding a way to do without spending a lot of money for expensive software or paying substantial sums for conversion. I tried using sigil which has a plugin to convert to epub 3 format but perfect epub 2 converted using sigil were so full of errors they were useless and often wouldn't even open in my reader. every attempt ended up with long lists of errors of every sort.

    I finally found this and also another and better validator at ebookit.com and the best free conversion is at https://www.sugarcube.ch/. 

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