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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 gui 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.


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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 gui 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.

30 review for Epub Straight to the Point: Creating eBooks for the Apple iPad and Other Ereaders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I like the detailed instructions in this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alessandro Pellizzari

    Potevano intitolarlo "Making eBooks for iBooks with InDesign on the Mac". A parte un inutile capitolo che accenna a come fare con Word (con 20 pagine di screenshot delle impostazioni di Word), l'80% del resto dice semplicemente "fatelo con InDesign, poi potete correggerlo col mio libro "XHTML vattelapesca". Ricordate che per vederlo su iBooks su iPad questi sono i css supportati, queste le dimensioni delle immagini e che avete tot pixel a disposizione". Tenta di salvarsi con l'ultimo capitolo che Potevano intitolarlo "Making eBooks for iBooks with InDesign on the Mac". A parte un inutile capitolo che accenna a come fare con Word (con 20 pagine di screenshot delle impostazioni di Word), l'80% del resto dice semplicemente "fatelo con InDesign, poi potete correggerlo col mio libro "XHTML vattelapesca". Ricordate che per vederlo su iBooks su iPad questi sono i css supportati, queste le dimensioni delle immagini e che avete tot pixel a disposizione". Tenta di salvarsi con l'ultimo capitolo che almeno accenna un po' la struttura di un file ePub e come creare gli xml necessari, ma continua a ricadere nel "ma tanto lo fa InDesign per voi". Un libro quasi inutile.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    This book is about only one thing: formatting EPUB files. It assumes you have already finished your manuscript and are ready to export it from Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign (CS4 or CS5), then walks you through all the edits and changes necessary to produce an EPUB file. It is a very practical guide, but also very narrow in its focus. It also predates the release of the iBooks Author program, though this book's author promises updates on her Web site. This book is about only one thing: formatting EPUB files. It assumes you have already finished your manuscript and are ready to export it from Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign (CS4 or CS5), then walks you through all the edits and changes necessary to produce an EPUB file. It is a very practical guide, but also very narrow in its focus. It also predates the release of the iBooks Author program, though this book's author promises updates on her Web site.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Someone helpful but not a beginner's book. Her follow-up book is not complete without having read this first, and even then I had some questions. But such is the way with technology that keeps progressing. I at least appreciated some real-world help for those of us who want to figure eBook publication out. Someone helpful but not a beginner's book. Her follow-up book is not complete without having read this first, and even then I had some questions. But such is the way with technology that keeps progressing. I at least appreciated some real-world help for those of us who want to figure eBook publication out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    101 kludges to make ebooks look pretty on the iPad, which is apparently riddled with maddening stupid quirks in its ereader. Ugh. Don't think I'll be doing this, but if I ever have to, this book is very clear and detailed. p. 96 xhtml header p. 110 the manifest, the spine p. 114 document for cover p. 156 controlling header position p. 164 indents, short lines 101 kludges to make ebooks look pretty on the iPad, which is apparently riddled with maddening stupid quirks in its ereader. Ugh. Don't think I'll be doing this, but if I ever have to, this book is very clear and detailed. p. 96 xhtml header p. 110 the manifest, the spine p. 114 document for cover p. 156 controlling header position p. 164 indents, short lines

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bob Hole

    A highly useful book. Well written in a straightforward style. Well indexed too, I use it regularly as a reference. It's not in depth, but it gets you up and running in no time. Easily translates to multiple platforms too. A highly useful book. Well written in a straightforward style. Well indexed too, I use it regularly as a reference. It's not in depth, but it gets you up and running in no time. Easily translates to multiple platforms too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    While this is a bit out of date now, Castro's book gives an excellent grounding in e-production. It's also a great reference guide to draw on when practicing, and Castro has published it DRM-free, allowing readers to unzip the file and examine the ePUB. While this is a bit out of date now, Castro's book gives an excellent grounding in e-production. It's also a great reference guide to draw on when practicing, and Castro has published it DRM-free, allowing readers to unzip the file and examine the ePUB.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meril

    Unrated because I did not actually make an EPUB file successfully; instructions are geared almost exclusively to users of Word and InDesign creating ebooks for iPad/iPhone apps.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    another excellent work by Elizabeth Castro. She has long been one of my favorite authors of technical books. I highly recommend this to anyone writing, or planning to write, and eBook.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rob McB

    Liz Castro is the best for ebook creation. See her blog "Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis". Liz Castro is the best for ebook creation. See her blog "Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis".

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patti Ryan

    Studied this how-to manual, but not ready to actually use the information. But looks solid.

  12. 4 out of 5

    R. Scot Johns

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jared

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pozz Z'peab

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tony Roberts

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bruce McKay

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather Dubnick

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Germán Echeverría

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brock

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Holiday

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wahyu Arif

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Iris

  27. 5 out of 5

    billie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kosie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert LeBlanc

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