From XML to eBooks Part 1: Overview

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This LavaCon 2012 presentation is an overview of the steps XML Press uses to go from DocBook XML to eBook formats (ePub and mobi). There is a companion presentation (From XML to eBooks Part 2: The …

This LavaCon 2012 presentation is an overview of the steps XML Press uses to go from DocBook XML to eBook formats (ePub and mobi). There is a companion presentation (From XML to eBooks Part 2: The Details) that describes the process in depth.

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  • 1. From XML to eBooks Part I: Overview Richard Hamilton XML Press hamilton@xmlpress.net
  • 2. Nobody Knows Anything William Goldman, screenwriter
  • 3. Agenda }Why eBooksFormats A ManagersDistribution PerspectiveXML process
  • 4. Follow the Money William Goldman, screenwriter All the Presidents Men
  • 5. Questions you need to ask● Internal or external audience?● Objective: ● Support/Marketing? ● Revenue?● How/Where will you distribute?
  • 6. Questions you shouldnt need to ask● Which output formats?● Which hw/sw e-readers?● Which XML schema? Why not?
  • 7. eBook Market Types of Devices Market Share (sales)Kindle Devices ePub Devices Kindle All Others <10 Dozens 60% (2010)
  • 8. Formats Bad News Good NewsDozens of eReaders, both Only 2 really matter: hardware and software ePub and Kindle Better News But... If you can get to either If you need really close one, you can easily control of presentation, convert to the other you still need to know your devices.
  • 9. Abandon hope of ever completely controlling presentation Kindle Touch Same content Original Kindle
  • 10. Abandon hope of ever completely controlling presentation● Device and PC screen sizes vary widely● Rendering software varies widely● Font support varies widely● Users can change text point size at will● Standard allows for variation in rendering● Detailed control hard to attain and hard to maintain across devices
  • 11. Retail Distribution ChannelsAmazon/KindleBarnes and Noble/NookApple/iBookstoreDirect (through your own website)Others.... too many to mention
  • 12. Distribution● Amazon, Pubit (Barnes & Noble), and Apple are all easy to use.● Each has variations, but theyre small; mostly image specifications.
  • 13. Retail Distribution SetupAmazon: kdp.amazon.comBarnes and Noble: pubit.bn.comApple: iTunes Producer (Mac specific)Direct: we use gumroad.com All are easy and fast to use, but... each has its idiosyncrasies
  • 14. XML Press ToolchainAuthoring: XML or anything that gets us thereSchema: DocBook or DITAToolchain: DocBook: std stylesheets for ePub3 DITA: OT + DITA for Publishers
  • 15. Toolchain Authoring Repository Production DB (ePub3) DITA (ePub2) }●Direct XML ●DB style. ●OT●Word XML SVN ●Filters ●D4Pub●HTML ●Kindlegen ●Kindlegen●Wiki-based ●Amazon ●Amazon Wiki XML
  • 16. Thanks for listening Richard Hamilton XML Press hamilton@xmlpress.net