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Formatting eBooks in the Kindle and ePub formats can be a challenge for the uninitiated, and outsourcing solutions still require an internal QA process to ensure publishers are offering readers the ...

Formatting eBooks in the Kindle and ePub formats can be a challenge for the uninitiated, and outsourcing solutions still require an internal QA process to ensure publishers are offering readers the same level of quality in eBooks as they do in print.

In this free Digital Book World WEBcast, "eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub", Joshua Tallent (owner of eBook Architects and author of Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide), and Matthew LeBlanc (Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media), offer insights on the major formats and the conversion process, and tips on modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow:

* An introduction to the Kindle format
* An introduction to the ePub format (NOTE: The Nook and iPad support ePub)
* An overview of typical conversion processes
* Modifying an existing Adobe Creative Suite PDF print workflow

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    eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Presentation Transcript

    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Matthew LeBlanc Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media http://adamsmedia.com Joshua Tallent Founder/CEO, eBook Architects http://ebookarchitects.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Agenda • Introductions & Announcements Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Dir., Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World • Presentation Matthew LeBlanc Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media • Presentation Joshua Tallent Founder/CEO, eBook Architects • Discussion and Q&A DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Learn More About eBook Design Intensive WEBcasts Wednesday, March 3rd @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Formats, Devices, and Distribution Wednesday, April 14th @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for the Kindle Wednesday, May 12th @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for ePub (Sony, Nook, iPad) All WEBcasts will be taught by Joshua Tallent, Founder/CEO, eBook Architects. > Tuition: $50/session or $125/package > Tuition: DBW Members: $30/session or $75/package Membership and registration details to be announced. DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media http://adamsmedia.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc, Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media Typical InDesign CS4 Print Workflow • Import manuscript • Design/format text and graphics • Set and format front/back matter • Send out to PR and Indexer • Final corrections • Preflight and export to PDF • Preflight PDF • Send to press DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc, Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media InDesign CS4 Print Workflow: Optimized • All text must be threaded • Use Styles (NO manual formatting) • Strip out unneeded graphics • Anchor all needed graphics • Strip out folios and Indexes • Set TOC styles • Break up InDesign file • Create a Book file • Cross-reference TOC DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc, Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media Research There are many free resources available on the internet; take full advantage of them!!! • http://labs.oreilly.com/ • http://tv.adobe.com/ • http://blogs.adobe.com/indesigndocs • http://indesignsecrets.com • http://threepress.org • http://instantindesign.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc, Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media Document Even with all the great resources out there your EPUB workflow will be customized for your own needs and resources you have available, so be sure you document what works for you, as you go. • Manuscript coding • Embedded or not to embed fonts/images • Paragraph/character styles • Metadata • Export to digital editions settings • Cover images DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc, Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media Test and retest • Don’t expect to get there on your first export! • Test, test, retest….until you get the desired results. Implement a Quality Control Process • Different content/books can pose different export challenges. Each book needs to be assessed/reviewed before and after you export your EPUB. • Be aware that EPUB files will render differently from device-to-device, program-to-program. DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Modifying and optimizing a traditional print workflow Matthew LeBlanc Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media http://adamsmedia.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Introduction to the Kindle and ePub Formats Joshua Tallent Founder/CEO, eBook Architects http://ebookarchitects.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Introduction to the Kindle Format Keep it Simple Keep it Extensible DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Keep it Simple Starting formats: – HTML is the best – ePubs sometimes work well – Word docs sometimes work well – PDFs are difficult DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • <html> <head> <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 10 (filtered)"> <title>My book</title> <style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} p {margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> </head> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • <body lang=EN-US> <div class=Section1> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:48.0pt'>My book</span></b></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:18.0pt'>By <b>Joshua Tallent</b></span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><u>Lots of cool stuff here.</u></p> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nam nisi. Duis imperdiet lobortis dui. Morbi felis. Ut libero. Nam diam libero, pharetra ac, mattis vel, scelerisque ac, est. Nunc orci augue, posuere non, feugiat a, ullamcorper in, neque. Quisque ultricies. Donec sit amet ante. Donec et ipsum. <i>Aenean et lorem a risus elementum luctus.</i> Quisque sit amet quam. Phasellus ut turpis. Mauris sed turpis at eros dictum tincidunt. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. </p> <p>Vivamus enim. <b><i>In hac </i></b>habitasse platea dictumst. Fusce nisl. Aliquam in quam ac turpis congue pulvinar. Praesent imperdiet, ante at semper bibendum, orci turpis lobortis urna, nec vehicula eros dui iaculis eros. Quisque adipiscing libero id dui. Sed dignissim nunc ut quam. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in <i>faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae</i>; Sed lobortis aliquet mauris. Fusce risus metus, consequat non, condimentum ut, pellentesque id, leo. Aliquam quis mauris non orci varius euismod. Morbi vestibulum pede nec pede. Quisque ante pede, semper a, commodo sit amet, placerat ut, purus. </p> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • <html> <head> <title>My book</title> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="styles.css" /> </head> <body> <h1>My book</h1> <p class="author">By Joshua Tallent</p> <p class="subhead">Lots of cool stuff here.</p> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nam nisi. Duis imperdiet lobortis dui. Morbi felis. Ut libero. Nam diam libero, pharetra ac, mattis vel, scelerisque ac, est. Nunc orci augue, posuere non, feugiat a, ullamcorper in, neque. Quisque ultricies. Donec sit amet ante. Donec et ipsum. <i>Aenean et lorem a risus elementum luctus.</i> Quisque sit amet quam. Phasellus ut turpis. Mauris sed turpis at eros dictum tincidunt. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. </p> <p>Vivamus enim. <b><i>In hac </i></b>habitasse platea dictumst. Fusce nisl. Aliquam in quam ac turpis congue pulvinar. Praesent imperdiet, ante at semper bibendum, orci turpis lobortis urna, nec vehicula eros dui iaculis eros. Quisque adipiscing libero id dui. Sed dignissim nunc ut quam. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in <i>faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae</i>; Sed lobortis aliquet mauris. Fusce risus metus, consequat non, condimentum ut, pellentesque id, leo. Aliquam quis mauris non orci varius euismod. Morbi vestibulum pede nec pede. Quisque ante pede, semper a, commodo sit amet, placerat ut, purus. </p> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Keep it Simple No floating content No tables DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Keep it Simple Image specs – Kindle 2: • Full‐screen: 600px wide, 800px high • Viewable: 520px wide, 610px* high – Kindle DX: • Full‐screen: 824px wide, 1200px high • Viewable: 722px wide, 1022px high – Both • 64kb or less (GIF works well) DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • <EmbeddedCover>KindleFormattingCover.jpg </EmbeddedCover> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • TOC Navigation • Waypoint navigation is a great feature for Kindle books. This is possible with an NCX file. • Same format as NCX file used in ePub, but nesting is not supported DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • TOC Navigation • Adding an NCX file – Two changes to the basic Mobipocket Creator‐generated OPF <manifest> <item id="item1" media-type="text/x-oeb1-document" href="KindleFormatting.html"></item> <item id="toc" media-type="application/x-dtbncx+xml" href="toc.ncx"></item> </manifest> <spine toc="toc"> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • TOC Navigation <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE ncx PUBLIC "-//NISO//DTD ncx 2005-1//EN" "http://www.daisy.org/z3986/2005/ncx-2005-1.dtd"> <ncx xmlns="http://www.daisy.org/z3986/2005/ncx/" version="2005-1" xml:lang="en"> <head> <meta name="dtb:uid" content="http://kindleformatting.com"/> <meta name="dtb:depth" content="3"/> <meta name="dtb:totalPageCount" content="0"/> <meta name="dtb:maxPageNumber" content="0"/> </head> <docTitle> <text>Kindle Formatting</text> </docTitle> <navMap> <navPoint id="navPoint-1" playOrder="1"> <navLabel> <text>Preface</text> </navLabel> <content src="6-start.html"/> </navPoint> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Keep it Extensible Well‐formatted Kindle books look good on other devices when converted into other formats like ePub. DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Introduction to the ePub Format ZIP file XML structure XHTML content DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • mimetype • Contains only: application/epub+zip • Uncompressed, and first file in archive DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • container.xml • Links to the OPF file • Put it in a META‐INF folder <?xml version="1.0"?> <container version="1.0" xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:opendocument:xmlns:container"> <rootfiles> <rootfile full-path="OPS/content.opf" media- type="application/oebps-package+xml"/> </rootfiles> </container> DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • OPF file • Slightly different than the OPF in Kindle format – Expanded <metadata> – No <EmbeddedCover> • Add as item in <manifest> and <spine> – No <x-metadata> – All files listed in <manifest>, not just HTML DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • NCX file • Multiple levels of nesting supported • Used by most ePub devices and software to show the document structure DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Content • XHTML, images, CSS • No file larger than 300kb (Sony Reader) • SVG example: http://bit.ly/cwkD6P DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • InDesign to ePub • Re‐work the content into straight‐line layout • Use styles • Export to Digital Editions • Do cleanup in the HTML and XML • Run it through ePubCheck • TEST, TEST, TEST DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • ePubCheck DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • ePub to Mobi/Kindle • Convert to Mobi using KindleGen http://tinyurl.com/kindlegen – Calibre is not suggested without extensive testing • TEST, TEST, TEST – Look at formatting of paragraphs, blockquotes, images, etc. – Make sure NCX waypoint navigation works properly DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Introduction to the Kindle and ePub Formats Joshua Tallent Founder/CEO, eBook Architects http://ebookarchitects.com DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub Conversation and Q&A • Speakers Matthew LeBlanc Mgr of Production and Prepress, Adams Media Joshua Tallent Founder/CEO, eBook Architects • Moderator Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Dir., Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Learn More About eBook Design Intensive WEBcasts Wednesday, March 3rd @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Formats, Devices, and Distribution Wednesday, April 14th @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for the Kindle Wednesday, May 12th @ 1pm EST eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for ePub (Sony, Nook, iPad) All WEBcasts will be taught by Joshua Tallent, Founder/CEO, eBook Architects. > Tuition: $50/session or $125/package > Tuition: DBW Members: $30/session or $75/package Membership and registration details to be announced. DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw
    • Thank You for Attending. Next Free WEBcasts Tuesday, March 2nd @ 1pm EST Rights: Heading for a Borderless Future? Tuesday, March 30th @ 1pm EST Social Media: Time-Suck or Investment? Keep in Touch Follow us on Twitter, join our LinkedIn Group, and subscribe to our blog feed to receive the latest information on our events, and insights on the latest news and trends from top publishing strategists and technology experts. DigitalBookWorld.com | @digibookworld | #dbw