Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 7, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
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I've been a designer since before there was any designation between print designers and web designers, the web in its current form hardly existed. The way design has changed over the past 20 years is amazing, and now we're heading towards the other extreme where there will be no print or web designers again, all designers will know both. The world still needs us to help keep things looking good, even if design is often only noticed when it's not done well (much like housework). With the advent of ereaders there is yet another system to learn, and the available information on ebook formatting is sketchy at best, or it was until the EPUB guru Elizabeth Castro's latest publication, EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for iPad and other ereaders. This is the definitive book on EPUB formatting. As an experienced designer/intermediate coder this is exactly what I wanted, and as I also teach InDesign I'm quite familiar with the beginner's perspective and wanted something for my students. This book is very well organized and the information is clear and easy to understand, covering the entire range beginning with defining what an EPUB is to advanced formatting techniques. While I think knowledge of HTML and CSS is really necessary to be successful at working in EPUB, someone who wants to self-publish could learn enough here to manage their own book (though still, at least a smattering of HTML and CSS is going to be needed). At the same time, experienced designers and coders will find plenty of advanced formatting features to make this book indispensable.The first chapter is about using Microsoft Word to write EPUBs, something I personally wouldn't want to tackle, but obviously this is going to be great for self-publishers and for non-designer coders who don't use InDesign.
When I started my small press a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to create both print and e-book versions of the titles I produced. I was new to publishing and had never created an e-book before, so I read everything I could find on the subject. My reading included five different books on the topic. Be aware that most of the books out there have only limited value. They are written by do-it-yourselfers who have only limited knowledge or expertise on the subject. They are mostly concerned with getting Word files converted into Kindle editions. As I am using a high-end, single-sourcing help authoring tool that uses XML files to prepare both print and online outputs from the same source files, I wanted something more. My need was to quickly adapt and convert XML/HTML-based output files into valid ePub files, which I could then readily convert for use with the Kindle.Liz Castro's book, EPUB Straight to the Point, gave me exactly what I was looking for. First it provides some background information on ePubs. It then explains how to overhaul InDesign's HTML output files with a text editor to create a valid ePub. But best of all, the book then explains, step-by-step, how to create a valid ePub files from scratch from HTML files.If you really want to know that is going on with an ePub, this is the section that delivers the goods. If you follow her directions one step at a time, you can create a fully functional e-book from scratch in about a day. Better yet, you will UNDERSTAND what is going on under the hood. You will need a good text editor (I use the awesome free Notepad + +) and an ePub validator to help you troubleshoot the inevitable problems. Otherwise, you are good to go. Once you have a valid ePub, creating a Kindle edition from it is usually pretty easy.
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