Digital Publishing with EPUB

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Thank you for everyone who attended my talk at Miami Design last night! Here's the description from the event: …

Thank you for everyone who attended my talk at Miami Design last night! Here's the description from the event:

Ebooks are here to stay, with Kindle books now outselling hardcover and paperback combined at Amazon. ePub is quickly becoming the standard format for ebooks because of its similarities to XHTML and its support on popular devices. I discuss what exactly an ePub book is, the possibilities and limitations that come with the format, and some tools that make it easier to create your own ePub books.

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  • 1. Digital Publishing with ePub Kevin Zurawel @kzurawel arborwebsolutions.com
  • 2. Digital Conversion• Plain text (ASCII)
  • 3. Digital Conversion• Adobe .PDF
  • 4. Digital Conversion• Microsoft Reader• .LIT
  • 5. The Modern Era
  • 6. ePub• Developed September 2007 by IDPF• Based on “Open eBook” (1999)• Supports DRM
  • 7. ePub• “Reading Systems”: • Windows / OS X / Linux • Sony Reader / Nook / Kobo • iOS / Android • Web
  • 8. Content Types
  • 9. What’s Inside?
  • 10. Tools
  • 11. Sigil http://wr4.us/sigil
  • 12. Calibre http://wr4.us/calibre
  • 13. Alternatives
  • 14. Project Time!
  • 15. Convert a plain-text book to ePub
  • 16. Converting txt to ePub •Download the text - Gutenberg •Paste into Sigil •Edit the book •(optional) Make conversions in Calibre
  • 17. Project Gutenberg...
  • 18. ...to Sigil...
  • 19. Sigil Workflow1. Paste in the text2. Make chapter breaks where needed3. Insert images4. Edit TOC5. Add anchor tags / links if needed6. Apply custom CSS classes / styles
  • 20. Editing in Sigil {Editing Mode (WYSIWYG, Insert Chapter Break Insert Hybrid, Image Code)
  • 21. Chapter Breaks•“Chunk” your ebook into multiple XHTML files•Faster loading and reflow•MAKE CHAPTERS ALL THE TIME
  • 22. Anchors• <a name=”ch3” id=”ch3”></a>• Later...• <a href=”#ch3”>Go to chapter 3</a>
  • 23. Custom CSS•ePub 2 (current spec) uses a subset of CSS 2•ePub 3 will integrate HTML5 / CSS3
  • 24. A subset of CSS 2?
  • 25. It’s not so bad.
  • 26. It’s not so bad.(ePub reader software isn’t good enough anyway)
  • 27. CSS 2 for ePub• margin • color• padding • line-height• border • font-size• display • font-weight• float / clear • text-align• width / height • text-indent
  • 28. Things to Do with CSS 2 •Drop caps / small caps •Blockquote / poetry styling •Chapter headings •Inline images •Fleurons
  • 29. Bulletproofing!
  • 30. Converting with Calibre • Add your new ePub to Calibre’s library • Convert to Kindle / Sony Reader / PDF / etc. • ??? • Profit!
  • 31. Helpful Websites
  • 32. http://wr4.us/3pr
  • 33. ePub Zen Garden http://wr4.us/ezen
  • 34. http://wr4.us/eptools
  • 35. http://wr4.us/ade
  • 36. EPUB3
  • 37. Go make some books! Kevin Zurawel @kzurawel arborwebsolutions.com