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Digital Publishing   with ePub       Kevin Zurawel         @kzurawel   arborwebsolutions.com
Digital Conversion• Plain text (ASCII)
Digital Conversion• Adobe .PDF
Digital Conversion• Microsoft Reader• .LIT
The Modern Era
ePub• Developed September 2007 by IDPF• Based on “Open eBook” (1999)• Supports DRM
ePub• “Reading Systems”:  • Windows / OS X / Linux  • Sony Reader / Nook / Kobo  • iOS / Android  • Web
Content Types
What’s Inside?
Tools
Sigil   http://wr4.us/sigil
Calibre   http://wr4.us/calibre
Alternatives
Project Time!
Convert a plain-text  book to ePub
Converting txt to ePub •Download the text - Gutenberg •Paste into Sigil •Edit the book •(optional)  Make conversions in Ca...
Project Gutenberg...
...to Sigil...
Sigil Workflow1. Paste in the text2. Make chapter breaks where needed3. Insert images4. Edit TOC5. Add anchor tags / links ...
Editing in Sigil  {Editing Mode   (WYSIWYG,                   Insert                  Chapter                   Break     ...
Chapter Breaks•“Chunk” your ebook into multiple XHTML files•Faster loading and reflow•MAKE CHAPTERS ALL THE TIME
Anchors• <a name=”ch3” id=”ch3”></a>• Later...• <a href=”#ch3”>Go to chapter 3</a>
Custom CSS•ePub 2 (current spec) uses a subset of CSS 2•ePub 3 will integrate HTML5 / CSS3
A subset of CSS 2?
It’s not so bad.
It’s not so bad.(ePub reader software isn’t  good enough anyway)
CSS 2 for ePub• margin           • color• padding          • line-height• border           • font-size• display          •...
Things to Do with CSS 2  •Drop caps / small caps  •Blockquote / poetry styling  •Chapter headings  •Inline images  •Fleurons
Bulletproofing!
Converting with Calibre • Add your new ePub to Calibre’s library • Convert to Kindle / Sony Reader / PDF / etc. • ??? • Pr...
Helpful Websites
http://wr4.us/3pr
ePub Zen Garden    http://wr4.us/ezen
http://wr4.us/eptools
http://wr4.us/ade
EPUB3
Go make some books!        Kevin Zurawel          @kzurawel    arborwebsolutions.com
Digital Publishing with EPUB
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:

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