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From Print Book to eBook

From Print Book to eBook

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Design and Production Techniques Where Both Print Book and eBook Are Required

This eBook uses the example of a Shakespeare Play with introductory text and images as well as some sample multimedia. The sample eBook is built 3 ways; as a Reflowable ePUB, a Fixed-Layout ePUB and a multi-touch eBook using iBooks Author.

Built with iBooks Author

Note: I recently had to change the title and subtitle to conform to title case rules with Apple. Title case rules should conform to those recommended in ‘The Chicago Manual of Style’

A typical Table of Contents page for a Chapter

Technical Stuff

Here is a chapter and section list:

  • Introduction to eBook Design and Production
  • Why this Book
  • Decisions Decisions
  • eBook Formats
  • Platforms and Distribution
  • Asset Management
  • Managing Your Assets
    • Text
    • Graphics
  • Multimedia
  • Tools and Workflows
  • Indesign
  • Text Editors
  • XML Workflow
  • Text to InDesign
    • Raw or Styled Text
    • Structure before Style
    • Text within InDesign
  • Using the Book Panel in InDesign
    • Combining InDesign Files
    • Creating the Book
  • Pages and Spreads
  • Building the Table of Contents
    • Automating the TOC
    • Cross Platform Table of Contents

    The Table of Contents in the Portrait View

  • Attention to Detail
    • Typography
    • Poetry, Verse and Song
  • Grids
    • Threads and Columns
  • Creating a Reflowable eBook from InDesign
    • Introduction
    • The Content
  • Back to Work
  • Colour
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Placing Images
  • Book Front Matter
  • Getting Ready to Export
  • Export to ePUB(reflowable)
  • How does the ePUB Look?
  • Editing the Inside of the ePUB
    • Unpacking
    • Repacking
    • How Can we Edit?
    • What Can we Edit?
    • Our First Correction
    • Test and View Our Changes
    • Roundtrip to InDesign
    • Other Changes to the CSS
    • Anything to Hide?
    • Footnote References
    • Typography and Fonts (Again)
    • The OPF Package Document
    • Landmarks

    spread show editing the ePub package

  • Creating the Fixed Layout ePUB
    • InDesign Export to ePUB (fixed layout)
    • How does our Fixed Layout ePub look?
  • From reflowable to Fixed
    • Editing the ePUB package
  • Summary
    • From InDesign to iBooks Author
    • Templates
    • Layouts
    • From ePub to iBooks Author
    • From IDML to iBooks Author
  • The portrait View
  • Summary
    • Extra Features and Enhancements
    • Adding Multimedia
    • Multimedia in the Fixed Layout ePUB
    • Ambient Sound
    • Multimedia in Apple’s Multi-touch eBooks
    • Linked and Supplementary Information
    • Animation

Lots of screen images, samples and narrated video screencasts.

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