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The eBook Design and Development Guide

The eBook Design and Development Guide [Kindle Edition]

Paul Salvette
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While eBook sales continue to increase around the world, the actual layout and presentation of eBooks is in a sorry state. Mangled formatting, defective images, and non-reflowable content are just a few symptoms of the problem. Many publishing houses and independent authors believe that converting an eBook directly from Word, InDesign, or another publishing program will produce a “good enough” eBook. However, poor sales and poor reviews from readers suggests otherwise.

The eBook Design and Development Guide is a technical reference for serious publishers and authors who want to produce professional eBooks with a focus on quality. This guide provides all the technical knowledge of HTML, CSS, EPUB, XML, and KindleGen that is necessary to create your eBook from a source manuscript into an eBook ready for sale at all the major eBook vendors, including the Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and the iBookstore.

No prior experience is required and the process of eBook production requires no expensive third-party software. This guide will teach you how to master the following tasks:

• Converting your manuscript into HTML
• Adding hyperlinks, bullets, and tables to your eBook
• Embedding correctly-sized images in your eBook
• Creating a clickable Table of Contents for your eBook
• Adding basic presentation and styling to your eBook with CSS such as font sizing, margins, and indentation
• Embedding fonts in your eBook
• Adding advanced styling to your eBook such as gradients, drop caps, and backgrounds
• Creating a professional EPUB eBook that validates with EpubCheck
• Creating a professional MOBI/KF8 eBook with KindleGen
• Adding metadata into your eBook
• Working with regular expressions for quickly converting an eBook

Additionally, the guide provides a step-by-step walkthrough for a sample conversion of an eBook, as well as some helpful tips on the publishing and marketing process. All HTML, CSS, and EPUB templates are available for immediate use in this guide so you can start making your eBook for Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and all the other major platforms.

This book is a follow-up to the author’s How to Format Your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, and Everything Else with much more details on HTML, CSS, and the EPUB standard. It also explains how to properly design an eBook for the new Kindle Format 8 (KF8) devices such as the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and Paperwhite.

Buy this 65,000-word guide that contains 150 images and 200 code snippets, and you will be able to create professional eBooks that really stand out from the crowd.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3021 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BB eBooks (23 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G2JMRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Currently the best book of its type 25 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What I like about Paul's book is that you can read it as a tutorial, as a reference, and as a step-by-step workflow. That's a nicely laid out book. Also, he provides some online CSS to help with all those unexpected 'features' of eBook rendering, such as the difficulty of getting text to center on Nooks and iPads.

The best book of this type I've seen. Though be warned that Paul's approach (which, essentially, is the one I use myself and recommend) is to strip manuscript text down to plain html and build up from there. If your requirements are very basic and undemanding, some authors are happy with simpler approaches, such as uploading word processor manuscript files.

Also, Paul's book is up to date where so many equivalent books are obsolete. (There's no ePUB3 description in detail, but then support is fragmentary at present)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive and great value 2 Aug 2013
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This book is the most comprehensive work I've found on formatting ebooks. The layout is clear and easy on the eye. Paul tells you how things do work rather than how they should work. There are numerous examples of traps for the unwary, example CSS for readers to use or adapt for their own ebooks and links to tutorial videos. For me, this ebook has the lot. Highly recommended!
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This manual contains a vast amount of valuable information and process about formatting ebooks. There are automated tools which promise to generate a book at the press of a button. In my experience , the results are never quite what I want. This book describes manual steps with examples to tune your book exactly as you want it.
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