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The eBook Design and Development Guide by [Salvette, Paul]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3730 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BB eBooks (23 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G2JMRK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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As a newcomer to eBook production, I found this an accessible and practical guide that helped a great deal in producing my first eBook. As a web developer I am already familiar with HTML and CSS, but knew nothing about the EPUB standards. With this book I could quickly orientate myself about the packaging and along the way pick up many valuable gotchas and tips.

The author is very generous in sharing his considerable expertise with the bonus of additional free resources, including various YouTube videos (mentioned in Appendix B) and the developers’ area on his company’s website - I found the templates particularly useful to get started with valid XML samples and a correct layout. Whilst the guide only covers up to EPUB 2 (and certainly it would be good to see an update covering version 3), the principles are well-established so anyone who has digested the knowledge here would be well-equipped to make the necessary adjustments.

If hand coding a web page in HTML is a forbidding prospect, then this might not be the right book, but otherwise I recommend it as a thorough introduction and reference manual. I really enjoyed it.
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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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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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I found this indispensable in formatting and publishing a non-fiction ebook from the ground up without third-party software. Okay, it took me an age and debugging files to get to validation almost drove me insane. Next time, though, I'll know better how to avoid making stupid mistakes. A prior knowledge of HTML is useful, and It would be easier with a fiction book. But using this easy-to-follow and well-structured guide shouldn't mislead anyone of the size of the task when producing a good-quality non-fiction ebook full of tables and graphics. It's like climbing Everest.
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