E-book improvements favour professional publishers

Creating an e-book is easy. Creating a professional-looking, classy e-book that stands out from the crowd takes skill and effort. And as e-book formats improve and start to offer greater flexibility and complexity, you’re going to need advanced skills to really exploit their potential. Not that long ago, Apple introduced …

The Kindle pricing problem

When you publish on the Kindle, you set your own price. But some customers will end up paying much more. All self-publishing platforms allow you to set your own price, and this is important because control over pricing is key to your whole marketing strategy. Alas, when it comes to …

Publishing workflow: e-books are easier with paragraph styles

Defining appropriate styles in your word processor or DTP software not only makes the production process faster, it helps avoid problems later, whatever technology you’re using to produce the final document (print or e-book). Although our workflow is largely centred around InDesign, what we’re about to discuss is highly relevant …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 3)

In this final instalment, we look at editing the table of contents file, toc.ncx, part of the ePub file package, as well as taking a quick look at CSS. Our examples are based on the files created for our recent free e-book, Make Do & Cook: Savvy Shopping. Editing toc.ncx …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 2)

In this second instalment, we look at editing the content.opf file – part of the ePub file package. Our examples are based on the files created for our recent free e-book, Make Do & Cook: Savvy Shopping. Editing content.opf The content.opf file is the main metadata file describing the publication …

Fixing Adobe InDesign CS3’s ePub files (part 1)

At WebVivant Press, we use Adobe InDesign CS3 for producing both print books and ePub format e-books. InDesign (ID) is a great piece of software for laying out magazines and books. And for creating e-books it’s … well, broken. When you use the ‘Export to Digital Editions’ option from InDesign …

Zipping Epub files

The ePub file format can be an intimidating beast. But in essence it’s quite simple – a bunch of XHTML pages plus accompanying metadata in XML files all bundled up in an ordinary zip file. That’s good news because it means you can unzip the file, hack away at the …