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October 29, 2013

Ebook Glue – Simple Tools for Ebook Publishers

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People have told you that your blog is so well written it should be turned into a book. Now it can be. Ebook Glue is an easy-to-use platform that writers can use to create their own ebooks, which fans and followers can download online.

Ebooks have always been easy to buy and easy to consume, but they haven’t always been easy for self-publishers to create. With Ebook Glue, self-publishing couldn’t be any simpler. Just enter the URL or RSS feed for the blog, website, or document you’re planning to turn into an ebook, and select whether you want your book to be in .epub format (for iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Google, and Sony platforms) or .mobi format (for Kindle devices). Send the file over HTTP and Ebook Glue will convert the document using its conversion API, regardless of the programming language your text is written in. When your file it ready, you’ll be prompted to download it on your computer. Ebook Glue may also send you the file as a link, so you can share it with friends.

Ebook Glue’s converter is based on the Calibre open source ebook manager, and it is 100% scalable. Pricing depends on the number of conversions you plan to conduct each month, with additional costs for extra conversions. Ebook Glue is an excellent solution for anyone who has ever had an interest or a reason to convert their website or blog into an ebook for offline reading.

Practical Uses:

  • Self-publish a book with all your blog posts
  • Sell your essays as an ebook on your website
  • Download the content from your favorite website for offline reading
  • Create ebooks with the content your students have published this semester

Insider Tips:

  • Create an extra stylesheet to modify the appearance of your ebook
  • ePub files are generated by default
  • Chapters are automatically detected using keywords and elements with the class “chapter”
  • Users can convert HTML, ePub, and Mobipocket files

What we liked:

  • Ebook Glue offers a cheap way for writers to self-publish their work
  • Ebooks can be optimized to display on different devices
  • Books are available in formats for the Nook, iPad, Kindle and most other readers
  • Users can upgrade or downgrade their pricing plans at any time

What we didn’t like:

  • Ebook Glue can only convert the first few lines of text when a user inputs a truncated RSS feed
  • By default, ebooks published with Ebook Glue don’t have any covers

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Company Info:

  • Launched: December 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Founded by: Shantanu Bala
  • Web site: https://ebookglue.com

Costs:

  • Basic plan is $29 per month
  • Premium plan is $79 per month
  • Max plan is $149 per month