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Upload and Edit Your Ebooks (MOBI, EPUB, PDF)

Every process on BookFunnel begins with uploading your book. Once you have uploaded your book, you can then create download pages, join promos, send Certified Mail campaigns, create delivery actions, etc.

You can also edit your book or replace its files without interrupting your current downloads.

Book Requirements

To upload a new ebook, you will need at least one book file (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF) and your book’s cover image in JPEG format. The two exceptions to this requirement are sales landing pages and preorder delivery actions. More details at the bottom of this article.

If you have both a MOBI and EPUB of your book, please upload both. If you only have one file format, BookFunnel will automatically generate the other. Meaning, if you provide an EPUB file only, BookFunnel will compile a MOBI from your EPUB. If you provide a MOBI file only, BookFunnel will compile an EPUB file from your MOBI.

If you only upload a PDF file, that will be the only file available to readers. You cannot create a MOBI or EPUB from a PDF without significant formatting problems. Instead, convert your source file (assuming it is a Microsoft Word.docx, into an ebook easily using this free conversion tool!

EPUB Files

Maximum EPUB File Size: 30 MB

Ideal EPUB File Size: 23 MB

Your EPUB file should have the book cover embedded and should be smaller than 23 MB so that users can email the book files to their iOS devices.

MOBI Files

Maximum MOBI File Size: 30 MB

Ideal MOBI File Size: 23 MB

Your MOBI file should have the book cover embedded, and be less than 23 MBs in size. If it is larger than 23 MB, Send-To-Kindle readers will not be able to email the book file to their kindle account.

PDF Files

Maximum PDF File Size: 30 MB

PDF files are great for things like worksheets, coloring books, and graphic novels. You’re not required to provide a PDF with your ebook, but some readers will appreciate it.

Book Cover JPEG File Requirements

All BookFunnel pages prominently feature your book cover. If you do not have a book cover, BookFunnel will display a generic book cover on your download pages. Need a free or temporary book cover?

Recommended JPEG Size: 640×1000

This is our recommended aspect ratio, but don’t worry if your book cover is different. BookFunnel will display your book cover/boxset image correctly (without distortion) on every landing page.

Embed Your Book Cover

Your EPUB and MOBI file should have the book cover embedded inside of them. When the book cover is embedded inside the file, readers will see your beautiful book cover when they read your book on their e-reader or reading app.

All software that can generate an EPUB and/or MOBI file will embed the book cover for you. We’ve compiled a few help links for common ebook formatters:

How To Embed a Book Cover using…

Scrivener, Calibre, Vellum, Jutoh, Apple Pages

If you only have a Word.docx file, you can use this simple tool to create an EPUB and MOBI.

How to Upload a Book

To upload your ebook, you must have at least one book file and the book cover image in JPEG format.

  1. Click the Add button at the top of your dashboard and select Add New Book.
  2. Complete the form.
    • Book Label This is a convenient reference for you. Example: “Pride and Prejudice with bonus scene from Emma”
    • Book Type Select a tag that accurately describes the book files you are uploading. Example: Sample, ARC, Excerpt, or Complete Book
    • Book Title This is your book’s title. Example: Pride and Prejudice
    • Author Name Select your Author Name from the drop-down.
    • Amazon ASIN If your book is on Amazon, please provide the ASIN or ISBN. This will help correctly identify your books on all Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Learn more about Amazon ASINs here.
    • Book Tagline Entice readers with a short sentence so that they have to download your book. Your tagline will be used to pre-populate the headings on any download page you create.
    • Book Description We will use this book description to pre-populate your book download pages going forward.
  3. Upload your book cover and book files.
  4. If your books are illustrated or are compiled with Vellum or similar formatting software, you might want to check the “My books require the KF8 format” box. Learn more about MOBI Files and the KF8 Format here.
  5. Click Save And Close.

Edit Your Book Details

You can edit your book title, book description, or change your author name, without pausing your active download page(s).

To edit any text on your book, or to check the KF8 box:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the ACTION button next to the title of the book
  3. Select Edit Book Details.
  4. Make any necessary changes.
  5. Click Save And Close.

If you used custom text on your download pages instead of the “use book description” default, you will need to edit your download pages individually when you change your book description or tagline. Learn how to edit your existing download page.

Replace Your Book Files

You can edit or replace any book files without breaking your BookFunnel pages. Upload a new MOBI, EPUB, PDF, or book cover and BookFunnel will immediately begin serving up the new files.

To edit or replace your book files:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the ACTION button next to the title of the book
  3. Select Upload New Files.
  4. In the Book Files panel, upload or replace your files.
  5. Click Save And Close.

Delete Your Book

Wait! If you delete your book, any reader that clicks on a link you sent them previously is going to see an “invalid link” message. It is best to expire pages, which will prevent anyone else from downloading the book.

If you must delete the book:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the ACTION button next to the title of the book you wish to delete
  3. Select Delete Book
  4. Confirm you want to delete the book and it will be removed from your dashboard

Exceptions to Book File Requirements

There are two cases where you can create a “book” on BookFunnel without uploading your book cover and/or ebook files.

Sales Landing Pages

A sales landing page shows your book cover but does not actually allow a reader to download the book.

Instead, it sends readers to your preferred online store so that they can purchase the book. You should upload your book cover so that readers can see it on the sales landing page. Our generic “no book cover provided” placeholder isn’t going to do a great job of selling your book. Learn more about sales landing pages.

Ebook Preorders

If you are selling a preorder from your own website and want BookFunnel to take care of the book delivery on release day, you do not have to upload the final book files when you create the preorder. You can upload the finalized book files when they are ready.

You only need to provide the book title and author name in order to create a “draft” of your book on the BookFunnel dashboard. Learn more about preorder delivery actions.

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