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EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders

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EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders


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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9"
  • Pages: 192
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-73468-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-73468-6

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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Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and Other ereaders: Advanced EPUB Formatting

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Table of Contents

1. Using Word to Write EPUB
2. Using InDesign to create EPUB
3. Inside an EPUB file
4. Advanced EPUB Formatting



Page 17, caption of the figure:
Should be "When rotated horizontally..." instead of “When rotated vertically..."

Page 22, step 2:
Instruction should be to apply a serif font to style Heading 1, to match screenshot.

Page 26, section "Applying styles," first paragraph:
Change to "Since most of the content will be in body text (the Normal style in this example), it makes sense to apply that style first."

Page 32, first paragraph:
Change the beginning of step 1 to "Replace the tag with the code that every..."

Page 37, last code section:
Indentation should be on line “margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}", not "div.Section1".

Page 40, in the final style sheet, .MsoQuote rule:
{margin: 0 0 .83em 0;
margin-left: 1.2em;
font-size: .92em;

This should be consolidated into a single rule:
{margin: 0 0 .83em 1.2em;
font-size: .92em;

Page 41, the Grep expressions:
The second expression should not include "class".

Page 54, first paragraph:
The name of the palette is "Character Styles", not "Character".

Page 69, step 8:
It's not "Options > Anchored Object" but "Object > Anchored Object".

Page 91: There should be an additional bullet that says "convert the EPUB file into Kindle Mobi format"

Page 133, last paragraph, page 134, CSS rule:
It says that a default value is given to line-height and that can be harmful (page 134). But the final CSS rule includes the property. Please remove the line-height line from the CSS.

Page 138, step 1 and page 140 (with extra OEBPS).
"Multiple word names must be enclosed in parentheses.": This should be quotes, not parentheses.

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