Well, I finished my book and it is beautiful, in the nearly universally acceptable .pdf format. Then I found Lulu, and signed up. Sell my ebook! Great.
Well, what on earth is epub. I've been reading books on my phone for years, never heard of it. Luckily professional publishing software Adobe InDesign exports to ePub format.
OOPS! Lulu's import wizard doesn't like my book. Distribution channels need XML things to be different. OK
Guess I need to buy Microsoft Word? Weird...
Ok so I found Open Office. Went into InDesign, exported all pages as .png images, and placed them as full pages in OpenOffice, (absurdly difficult/tedious process), saved as .doc. That was a pain, but the book is still beautiful that way.
But Lulu wizard still doesn't like my book. Improperly formatted table of contents.
TABLE OF CONTENTS? MY BOOK HAS NO WORDS IN IT. IT IS A BOOK OF PICTURES.
So I added a Title/Copyright page with ugly Times New Roman Heading 1 Style formatting, and huge, weird looking Heading 1 copyright notice.
Mind you, I do not want a title page, and I do not care about copyright.
Now my book is ugly. THE FIRST PAGE IS UGLY NOW.
But Lulu wizard likes it!
So Lulu wizard took my beautiful, 0.5 MB .pdf and converted it to an ugly, 5.5 MB .epub.
Better take a look, so I open the .epub. SORRY you must download a program to use this wonderful epub format (that is supposed to be more accessible than pdf?).
So I take a look.
There is no scrolling in .epub. So my pictures are split in half on every page. Go to the next page, see the other half of the picture.
Yay international standards.