Adventures inModern Publishing           Scott Nesbitt
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● Open standard          ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and            resizable text          ● Perfect for tex...
● Open standard          ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and            resizable text          ● Perfect for tex...
● Open standard          ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and            resizable text          ● Perfect for tex...
● Open standard          ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and            resizable text          ● Perfect for tex...
● Open standard          ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and            resizable text          ● Perfect for tex...
● Not meant for books              with complex layouts            ● Weak support forDrawbacks     scientific publishingof...
Taking a peek inside an EPUB file
Taking a peek inside an EPUB file
An example contents.opf file
An example toc.ncx file
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
Example of a DocBook file
Transforming DocBook to EPUBxsltproc /path/to/docbook-xsl-1.74.0/epub/docbook.xsldocbook.xml
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
Example of an AsciiDoc file
Transforming AsciiDoc to EPUBa2x -f epub --stylesheet myCSS.css   myFile.txt
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
Setting metadata with Writer2EPUB
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
Sigil in action
● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org  /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
Writing with Booki
&
Validating online with epubcheck
Validating with Sigil
Final Thoughts
Questions?
Want to connect?Webhttp://scottnesbitt.netTwitter / identi.ca@ScottWNesbitt / @scottnesbittGoogle+http://wrtr.me/qRcUqlBlo...
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Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
Adventures in Modern Publishing - Slides
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  1. 1. Adventures inModern Publishing Scott Nesbitt
  2. 2. vs.
  3. 3. ● Open standard ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and resizable text ● Perfect for text- heavy books
  4. 4. ● Open standard ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and resizable text ● Perfect for text- heavy books
  5. 5. ● Open standard ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and resizable text ● Perfect for text- heavy books
  6. 6. ● Open standard ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and resizable text ● Perfect for text- heavy books
  7. 7. ● Open standard ● Widely supportedWhy EPUB? ● Reflowable and resizable text ● Perfect for text- heavy books
  8. 8. ● Not meant for books with complex layouts ● Weak support forDrawbacks scientific publishingof EPUB ● Poor support for linking into and between books
  9. 9. Taking a peek inside an EPUB file
  10. 10. Taking a peek inside an EPUB file
  11. 11. An example contents.opf file
  12. 12. An example toc.ncx file
  13. 13. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  14. 14. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  15. 15. Example of a DocBook file
  16. 16. Transforming DocBook to EPUBxsltproc /path/to/docbook-xsl-1.74.0/epub/docbook.xsldocbook.xml
  17. 17. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  18. 18. Example of an AsciiDoc file
  19. 19. Transforming AsciiDoc to EPUBa2x -f epub --stylesheet myCSS.css myFile.txt
  20. 20. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  21. 21. Setting metadata with Writer2EPUB
  22. 22. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  23. 23. Sigil in action
  24. 24. ● DocBook● AsciiDoc● OpenOffice.org /LibreOffice● Sigil● Booki
  25. 25. Writing with Booki
  26. 26. &
  27. 27. Validating online with epubcheck
  28. 28. Validating with Sigil
  29. 29. Final Thoughts
  30. 30. Questions?
  31. 31. Want to connect?Webhttp://scottnesbitt.netTwitter / identi.ca@ScottWNesbitt / @scottnesbittGoogle+http://wrtr.me/qRcUqlBloghttp://weblog.scottnesbitt.netSlidesharehttp://slideshare.net/Scott.Nesbitt
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