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EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders (One-Off)

EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders (One-Off) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Castro
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Almost overnight, EPUB has become the favored standard for displaying digital text on ereaders. The EPUB specification is a powerful method for creating gorgeous ebooks for EPUB-capable readers such as the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. Alas, it is far from perfect, with frustrating limitations, sketchy documentation, and incomplete creation tools. This extensively researched guide to creating EPUB files by best-selling author Elizabeth Castro shows you how to prepare EPUB files, make the files look great on the screen, work around EPUB weaknesses, and fix common errors. In this essential book, Liz shares her hard-earned experience for how to:
  • Create EPUB files from existing Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign files, or from scratch.
  • Tweak EPUB files to take full advantage of the power of EPUB in each respective ereader.
  • Control spacing, indents, and margins.
  • Insert images and sidebars and wrap text around them.
  • Create links to external sources and cross-references to internal ones.
  • Add video to ebooks for the iPad.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7104 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Bis zu 5 Geräte gleichzeitig, je nach vom Verlag festgelegter Grenze
  • Verlag: Peachpit Press; Auflage: 1 (28. Juli 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004519O4I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr hilfreicher Einstieg! 19. Oktober 2011
Von Andrea
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Wer mit der eBook Produktion beginnen will oder Tipps und Tricks sucht, um bessere ePubs zu erstellen, dem sei dieses Buch ans Herz gelegt. Es hat mir schnell geholfen, ePub aus InDesign zu erstellen und einige wichtige Formatierungs- und Stylesheet-Tipps geliefert. Nach über einem Jahr schaue ich immer noch rein und kann auch die dazugehörigen Mini-Guides auf der Autorenwebsite empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The EPUB Bible 30. September 2010
Von Jennifer Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
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. This chapter would also apply for use of any text editor other than InDesign. The second chapter covers using InDesign, so this is where I started reading in earnest. Liz does an excellent job of explaining proper use of styles, including character and nested styles. Her explanation about using GREP Find/Change to edit local formatting might be a bit confusing for any InDesign newbies, but GREP is an awesome tool that InDesign users should know, hopefully anyone not already familiar with GREP will be inspired to learn more.

The Adobe articles about using InDesign for EPUB I've read previously also covered much about general layout and use of styles, but Liz's book is far more comprehensive even just in the chapter on InDesign. For example, Adobe simply says that a text wrap around an image isn't possible, and while technically it's true that InDesign can't do that straight out of export it is possible to anchor images in the text and manually adjust the CSS after export. I'd already seen EPUBs with text wraps so I knew Adobe was leaving something out (naturally, their focus is more about what InDesign can do than EPUB formatting). Metadata and exporting--both from CS4 and CS5--are covered more thoroughly than Adobe's documentation as well. In the metadata section of this chapter, Liz notes that InDesign will not add the date format correctly and therefore InDesign EPUBs will not pass validation straight from export. I was disappointed when I discovered this previously, it seems to me that CS5 should have allowed for that, but Liz not only covers how to manually correct that, she includes a URL to a site with InDesign scripts to resolve the problem. Awesome! I haven't tested the scripts myself as I'm going to end up breaking open the files for manual formatting anyway, but it's really good to know that this is a possibility now.

The next chapter is perhaps the most important one of all, it discusses the files within an EPUB, testing, zipping (including using Terminal to zip on a Mac, unfortunately necessary), and validating. She even covers how to move EPUBs to an iPad and converting EPUB to the Kindle Mobi format. Finally, the last chapter--the longest and most extensive--covers advanced formatting. There is a list of fonts available for iPad ebooks (extremely helpful). Formatting options that seem subtle yet are vital design elements, such as hyphenation and spacing, are explained thoroughly, as well as text wrapping around images and sidebars, tables, and even including video.

As a giant added bonus you can download the example files she uses in the book so you can follow along and try everything out yourself--as an instructor I know how valuable it is to have exercise files like this and I very much appreciate that Liz was thoughtful enough to provide them. Liz mentions posting updates/errata on her site, but in everything I covered I did not find any problems or errors, I really don't expect errata will be an issue.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Over-looked answers not in the book 25. Februar 2011
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I found the book interesting but clearly way behind the times in what is being done with EPUB in the Open Source community. The author complains about lack of tools and documentation when she clearly hasn't pulled up the technical spec. docs for the standard which lay everything out. She also talks about creating EPUBs by hand when this clearly isn't needed. She clearly isn't aware of Sigil. It is a full WYSIWYG EPUB editor and creator. You can use the default CSS it provides or include your own to create and edit an EPUB. I have my own CCS for Sigil/EPUB and it works great. The author talks about converting EPUB to mobi. I would never bother to do that by hand. There is a great Open Source program called "Calibre" which will manage your e-book libraries and convert between dozens of different e-book formats (as long as they don't have DRM). It is very flexible and lets you control how the conversion is done, or let it use defaults and edit the result later. More and more people are going to become aware of EPUB since it is starting to become the default standard format for e-books. It is quite powerful and there are a lot of different options available with it that most people aren't aware of. I should also mention that Calibre has the best EPUB reader out there, and it comes in Linux, Mac and Windows flavors.

I would also mention that every single problem the author complains about with EPUB is solved by default in Sigil. It is very easy to edit, mark, and change any of the information in the EPUB and associated metadata files. I would suggest that perhaps the author should have done more research before writing this book, as there are many obvious technical errors in this book such as this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A lot of great information in this little book 10. Dezember 2010
Von J. Hinds - Veröffentlicht auf
I've been going to Liz Castro's blog, [...], for a while, as I tried to teach myself ePub creation out of InDesign. This book collects all of that great information, getting down to the nuts and bolts of the coding you will need to do to make your eBook work like you expect it to. Being used to computer books that you have to wade through 1000+ pages to find the information you want, I was pleased to find out how complete this book is with 192 pages. I would have like to have seen a couple of pages explaining proper sizing and original resolution of pictures for an ePub design (to avoid getting "the head of a pin" photo in your ePub). Other than that one omission, this book covered all the other questions I had on fixing the ePubs I've created.

One of the other reviewers here, Cari Jansen, gave a great explanation of the photo sizing on her webpage, [...]
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Only coders need apply 11. Oktober 2010
Von David Bergsland - Veröffentlicht auf
As usual, Liz has put together a superior book. The only problem I have it that it proves to me that the current state of EPUB requires more code writing than I can comfortably attempt. The information is very good, though. My prayers are with the next version of InDesign.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen beyond the EPUB basics 26. November 2010
Von cari jansen - Veröffentlicht auf
Liz has done an amazing job in moving past the EPUB basics in this book. She touches on many behind-the-scenes aspects that are relevant to getting your EPUB to display as anticipated. It is the only book of its kind presently.
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The size of the single vertical page is about 5.5 × 7.5 (about 15 × 19 cm), although a fair bit of that space is taken up with navigation tools and margins, leaving a content frame of about 4.25 × 6 (11 × 15 cm). &quote;
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InDesign CS5 has a new feature that can automatically divide a book into individual files for each chapter upon export to EPUB. This is important for two reasons. First, each file in an EPUB should be less than 300K (not counting embedded images). Second, individual files in an EPUB document always begin on a new page, and there is currently no other way to create page breaks that work in the iBooks app. &quote;
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nothing that exists on an InDesign Master Page is exported with the EPUB file nor is the specific location of a bit of text on a given page ever passed on to EPUB. &quote;
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