Want a quick overview of how to compile an ebook in Scrivener 3? Check out my latest post for Writer Unboxed today: Scrivener Skills: Creating an EPUB in Scrivener 3. Whether you just want to read through your manuscript, or you plan to upload it to a retailer, this post can help. Feel free to stop by and ask a question!
I’ve had a few questions about how to save a Scrivener file to view on a Nook (for iBooks/iPad, see link at bottom). Good news: the process—known as side-loading—is pretty simple.
Export Manuscript from Scrivener
- To start, compile your manuscript (see the Compile post for more info).
- I recommend the Novel (Standard Manuscript Format) format, which you may then modify as desired.
- In the Compile As drop-down box, choose ePub e-book (.epub). [If you’re exporting for Kindle, choose the Kindle e-book (.mobi) option instead.]
- Click Export and choose the location where you want to save your file.
Copy the EPUB File to Your Nook
The instructions below are for a Mac, but the process is basically the same in Windows using My Computer.
- Plug your Nook into the computer via the USB cable.
- Open Finder. Your Nook should show up in the Devices column on the left.
- If it’s not already highlighted, select Nook in the Devices column to display the Nook’s folders.
- To make it easy, open a second Finder window and locate your EPUB file.
- Now drag the EPUB file to the My Documents folder on your Nook. Alternatively, you could copy and paste instead of dragging.
Reading the EPUB File on Your Nook
- Eject your Nook by clicking the Eject button (down arrow with bar) next to Nook in the Devices column.
- Tap the ⋂ button twice to activate your menu screen.
- Select My Library. If the My Documents screen is not active, select View My Documents from the list.
- If your book is not in the list, select Check for new content.
- Your file should appear in the My Documents list, ready for reading.
A quick note on annotations and bookmarks. As you’re reading your manuscript, you may want to make notes using the annotations feature (Highlights and Notes, Add Highlight or Note). I recommend that you also bookmark each page on which you make a note because the Nook’s Go To feature works on bookmarks, but not annotations.
For info on transferring your project to iBooks, check out Ara Grigorian's post.
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