How to Create eBooks for Kobo

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How to Create eBooks for Kobo
People could be reading your eBook on Kobo. (PM Images/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Creating an ebook for Kobo is easy and straightforward. It is not like trying to beat off the stiff competition of other writers to find a traditional publishing house. Kobo is an online publisher and retailer that makes it accessible for authors to self-publish and sell ebooks online to a vast market. The only difficulty is in the actual creation of the book itself and in the hard process of promoting the book once published.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    View Kodo's website to research what type of ebooks the company publishes. Read free ebooks available to assess the standard of writing the company expects to publish and sell.

  2. 2

    Find your idea to start writing your ebook. Plan the structure, characters and content. Write your ebook initially as a Word document. Rewrite your first draft to develop your book further and to make any necessary improvements. Check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. Save the file.

  3. 3

    Convert your word file to an ePub file. Go to websites Calibre, Book Glutton or ePub tools to use their programs to convert your word file. Alternatively, use Adobe InDesign to write your eBook as an ePub file.

  4. 4

    Visit the Kobo website. Click on the Authors and Publishers tab at the footer on the home page. Read the information on the screen to clarify all the details.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Sign-up quickly and easy" section. This section gives you a contact e-mail address. Click on the email link.

  6. 6

    Write your e-mail to set up a Kobo publishing account. Introduce yourself in brief and explain why you would like to publish your book online and why you have chosen Kobo. Include a short synopsis of your book. This is a short storyline description like you find on the back of book covers. Attach your ePub file. Send. Wait for a reply and the agreement to publish, if your content is deemed suitable for Kobo's market.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unable to convert your word file into an ePub file, this is not a problem as Kobo provide a file conversion service for a small charge.
  • Online publishing companies may agree to publish and sell an author's ebook but generally the author has to do a lot of hard work to promote sales.

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