How to Create an eBook From Your Blog – Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Image: I made this one.

Still in the preparation phase of creating an eBook from your Blog, let’s consider the following:

  •  Are all of your posts up to the quality you want for your book?
  • Are the posts already in the order you want them displayed?
  • What will you use for cover art?  (Yes, even eBooks should have good cover art.)
  • Do the graphics you want to use belong to you?  If not, do you have a plan to  acquire the rights?

Getting permission when needed is essential, and is especially important if you intend to charge for your eBook.  For example, I want to quote a portion of a source on Fair Use from Nolo, here is a part of what constitutes “Fair Use”: 

Image: school.discoveryeducation.com

  • Criticism and comment — for example, quoting or excerpting a work in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment.
  • News reporting — for example, summarizing an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report.
  • Research and scholarship — for example, quoting a short passage in a scholarly, scientific, or technical work for illustration or clarification of the author‘s observations.
  • Nonprofit educational uses — for example, photocopying of limited portions of written works by teachers for classroom use.
  • Parody — that is, a work that ridicules another, usually well-known, work by imitating it in a comic way.
  • Are you getting the idea that this can be a little tricky?

    Now, if all the work is your own, and you are self-illustrating—photographing, drawing, or painting—thes permission problems are a non-starter for you.

    Once all of these ducks are in a row, we’ll have to round up a few more, but we’re getting closer to starting the work.

    Now, all together, one deeeeep breath…

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