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“One file to rule them all” In these slides, I detail my three-pronged strategy to create a single EPUB file for most ereaders, as well as the basis for conversion to Kindle/mobi and KF8.

“One file to rule them all” In these slides, I detail my three-pronged strategy to create a single EPUB file for most ereaders, as well as the basis for conversion to Kindle/mobi and KF8.

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  • like “EPUB in the laboratory”\n
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  • Can’t: black and white, video\nWon’t: text-indents, NOOK pub defaults, \nWon’t let you: Audio video, fixed layout\n
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  • explain what a media query is. Caveats: Hard to select for iBooks\nNOOK support is questionable, Great for targeting “old” Kindle\n
  • what features work cross platform?\n
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  • These features work cross platform but sometimes need some adjusting\n
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  • Should be half way done: 22m\n
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  • Only foolproof way to create a page break is to hard code it and then it’s there forever.\nAbsolutely crazy that two of the most important features of ebook design are still not fully supported by most major ereaders: page breaks and widows/orphans\n
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    • 1. EPUB in the Wild Liz Castro @lizcastro http://PigsGourdsandWikis.comhttp://www.elizabethcastro.com/epub
    • 2. Specifications
    • 3. Specifications
    • 4. Specifications
    • 5. Specifications
    • 6. Specifications
    • 7. Specifications
    • 8. Specifications
    • 9. Specifications
    • 10. Manufacturer Guidelines
    • 11. Manufacturer Guidelines
    • 12. Manufacturer Guidelines
    • 13. Manufacturer Guidelines
    • 14. Objective:One file to rule them all
    • 15. 3 problems 1. They can’t do it.2. They want to do it their own way. 3. They won’t let you do it.
    • 16. Secrecyhttp://weblogs.mozillazine.org/bz/archives/2012/02/vendor_interactions_with_the_c.html
    • 17. Three strategies• Create cross platform code• Use media queries when cross platform code isn’t possible• Make informed decisions about not supporting certain platforms
    • 18. Everybody supports bold and italic font-size text-indent top and bottom margins images
    • 19. Original iBooks on iPad iBooks/iPhone Adobe Digital Editions ->
    • 20. Kindle Fire Kindle
    • 21. NOOK NOOK Color
    • 22. Many support font family small caps leading left and right margins float and widthtext wrap (around images, sidebars, and drop caps) borders, backgrounds color
    • 23. Adobe Digital Editions
    • 24. iBooks on iPad
    • 25. iBooks on iPhone
    • 26. NOOK Color with Publishers Defaults OFF
    • 27. NOOK Color with Publishers Defaults ON
    • 28. NOOK
    • 29. Kindle Fire
    • 30. Kindle
    • 31. Media Query example @media amzn-mobi {span.dropcap { span.dropcap { font-size : 5em; font-size : 3em; float : left; float: none; line-height : 1.5; line-height : 1; margin-right : 0.1em; margin-top : auto; margin-bottom: -.3em; margin-right : auto; font-family : margin-bottom: auto;DavysArtNouveauInitials, font-family : sans-serif;sans-serif; color : #512a37; color : #512a37; }} }
    • 32. Kindle
    • 33. Watch out for...
    • 34. Aligning drop cap span.dropcap { ... line-height : 1; margin-top : .2em; margin-right : 0.1em; margin-bottom: 0em; ... } span.dropcap { ... line-height : 1.5; margin-right : 0.1em; margin-bottom: -.3em; ...}
    • 35. Adjusting for narrow screen Don’t try to fit too much in a single paragraph—float on one side or other, but not both! Don’t indent excessively
    • 36. Adjusting for narrow screen p.Poem-line { font-size: .8em; text-indent : -20px; margin : 0 0 0 20px ; padding: 0px 28px; }
    • 37. iBooks and fonts Don’t forget the .com file or else iBooks won’t display embed fonts
    • 38. Cross platform dilemmas
    • 39. Discretional page breaks page-break-after: avoid Kindle, iBooks don’t support.
    • 40. Discretional page breaks Both NOOK and NOOK Color support all page-break properties
    • 41. Discretional page breaks But Kindle Fire and iBooks do support page- break-inside: avoid Create a div with header and first paragraph.
    • 42. Discretional page breaks iBooks supports page- break-inside: avoid (but no other “avoids”)
    • 43. Widows and orphans .body { widows: 3; orphans: 3; }
    • 44. Widows and orphansNeither iBooks nor Kindle Fire support widows or orphans
    • 45. Widows and orphans Again, NOOK comes through
    • 46. TablesVery problematic in narrow pages
    • 47. Tables
    • 48. Tables<manifest>...<item id="table1" href="table1.html" media-type="application/xhtml+xml" /><item id="table2" href="table2.html" media-type="application/xhtml+xml" />...</manifest><spine toc="ncx"><itemref idref="maintext" /><itemref idref="table1"/><itemref idref="table2" linear="no" /></spine>
    • 49. Tables
    • 50. Tables
    • 51. TablesKindle Fire does not support non-linear tables
    • 52. Tables Neither does NOOK
    • 53. TablesResults are pretty awful on Kindle
    • 54. Audio and VideoiBookstore: yes, B&N + Amazon: no
    • 55. Fixed LayoutiBooks and Kobo Vox use very similar systems; NOOK has closed system, Amazon new system
    • 56. Javascript Works best in iBooks; allowed in iBookstoreSketchy support on other platforms
    • 57. Read Aloud iBooks and Kobo Vox only; mediaoverlay on top of fixed layout; laborious
    • 58. Informed choices• How to create the best ebook that works on the most platforms• Sometimes, you’ll decide to leave some devices behind
    • 59. Liz Castro• EPUB Straight to the Point• Fixed Layout for iBooks• Audio and Video in EPUB• Read Aloud EPUB• From InDesign CS 5.5 to EPUB and Kindle• HTML/CSS Visual QuickStart Guide• www.elizabethcastro.com/epub• www.PigsGourdsandWikis.com• Twitter: @lizcastro, #eprdctn, #edigital

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