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Creating an e book using Calibre - Anthony Woodward

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Presented at the Public Libraries Victoria Network ICT Special Interest Group seminar on Digital Content on Wednesday 26 March 2014. Outline Anthony's experience in how to create an e-book using either Calibre or Sigil software.

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Creating an e book using Calibre - Anthony Woodward

  1. 1. Creating your own eBook ...for beginners
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Why ePub, what is it good for?
  4. 4. Self Publishing
  5. 5. Two Methods of Production Calibre Sigil
  6. 6. Calibre VS Sigil Calibre Pros • Import from Word • Autodetect heading information • Easier to follow steps • Save in multiple formats Cons • Inserts extra code into final document • Code is not as clean Sigil Pros ●Cleaner code ●Easier to edit on the fly ●More straightforward interface ●Potentially better future compatibility Cons ●Not for beginners ●Only save in ePub ●Knowledge of basic HTML and CSS is desired ●Chapter by chapter
  7. 7. Steps for Calibre 1. Format document in a word processor (eg, MS Word) 2. Save as file type ‘Filtered HTML’ 3. In Calibre, choose ‘Add to Calibre’, locate the HTML file 4. Once imported, choose ‘Convert Book’, click OK 5. Add metadata, cover image, TOC etc The only list in this presentation I promise
  8. 8. Steps for Sigil 1. Type into Sigil or paste in as plain text (one chapter at a time) 2. Add styles to chapter headings and check your table of contents list when done 3. Add metadata, cover image, CSS etc 4. Save ePub file OK I lied, this is another numbered list...
  9. 9. Code Examples h2 { font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 2em; border-top: 20%; color: #555; } <h2>This is a heading size two</h2> <p>This is a paragraph. Space will be placed before and after this block of text marked by the ‘p’ tags</p> HTML CSS
  10. 10. Cover Design would you read these books? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-shumate/selfpublishings-worst-cov_b_2457689.html
  11. 11. Good cover design Beginner’s Guide To Book Cover Design goo.gl/wta4n2 Chip Kidd talk goo.gl/bN6FtR Book cover design tip in 90secs goo.gl/aqFCgG
  12. 12. Libraries and eBooks Libraries as publishers? What terms would we offer? What staff skill sets are needed?
  13. 13. Links Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/download Sigil https://code.google.com/p/sigil/ Thank you

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