eBook 201: eBook Production Intensive WEBcasts

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Joshua TallentAn Intensive WEBcast series, presented by Digital Book World.

Spinning out of our introductory eBook 101: Designing for Kindle and ePub WEBcast, we’re excited to offer the following eBook 201: eBook Production Intensive WEBcast series, taught by Joshua Tallent, Founder/CEO, eBook Architects.

INSTRUCTOR: JOSHUA TALLENT

Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002, and is an expert on formatting eBooks in the variety of formats on the market, including Kindle/Mobipocket and ePub. His book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most helpful and thorough explanation of formatting great-looking eBooks for the Amazon Kindle. eBook Architects, his eBook conversion and consulting business, provides services to individual authors and small publishers. Joshua lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters.

DBW Intensive WEBcasts

ON-DEMAND – eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for ePub (Sony, Nook, iPad)

An in-depth primer on how to convert and format books in the ePub format:

  • Converting your file from its source (PDF, Word, InDesign, etc.) into XHTML
  • Cleaning up the XHTML and get it into a workable form
  • Breaking the XHTML content up for the ePub
  • Creating the OPF, NCX, and other key files, and zipping up the contents properly
  • Running ePubCheck, including explanations of common errors
  • Testing your ePub
  • Automation techniques, conversion programs, and WYSIWYG ePub editors
  • Additional information on converting an ePub file into the Kindle format

Tuition: $50/session or $125/series (all 3 sessions)
–> DBW Members: $30/session or $75/series (all 3 sessions)

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ON-DEMAND – eBook 201: Converting and Formatting for the Kindle

An in-depth primer on how to convert and format books for Amazon’s Kindle format:

  • Converting your file from its source (PDF, Word, InDesign, etc.) into HTML
  • Cleaning up the HTML and get it into a workable form
  • Styling the Kindle book, inlcuding tips on problematic formatting issues
  • Information on formatting images, tables, sidebars, pull quotes, indexes, footnotes, and more
  • Instructions on creating the Mobipocket file, including creating the NCX file for waypoint navigation and embedding the cover image
  • Using Amazon’s Digital Text Platform (DTP)

Tuition: $50/session or $125/series (all 3 sessions)
–> DBW Members: $30/session or $75/series (all 3 sessions)

DOWNLOAD NOW // BECOME A DBW MEMBER

ON-DEMAND – eBook 201: Formats, Devices, and Distribution

A comprehensive overview and analysis of the current eBook formats, devices, and retailers:

  • The most popular eBook formats, their pros and cons, and their usefulness in the market
  • The most popular eBook devices, what formats they read, and how they are being used
  • An overview of the primary eBook retailers and distributors

Tuition: $50/session or $125/series (all 3 sessions)
–> DBW Members: $30/session or $75/series (all 3 sessions)

DOWNLOAD NOW // BECOME A DBW MEMBER

NOTE: On-Demand WEBcasts are available in n M4V (Mac) or WMV (Windows) formats.

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7 thoughts on “eBook 201: eBook Production Intensive WEBcasts

  1. Joshua,

    Following up on my question about the future of epub in the face of media companies going to Flash/Flex + TLF (Wired) or, in Penguin’s case, what I’m guessing is at base HTML + Javascript without OPF and internal references instead of a spine. As quoted in Publisher’s Lunch, Penguin’s Makinson said they “will be embedding streaming audio, video and gaming into everything that we do” [and not using] epub, which “is designed for narrative text but not this cool stuff that we’re talking about now” and “for the time being at least we’ll be creating a lot of our content as applications.” There’s still a lot of narrative text to publish but that can be done via routes other than ePub as well, and perhaps done better. I’ve just been looking at a tech book from O’Reilly provided in epub format and none of the ereaders that I have on my machine displayed it with what I consider minimally acceptable typesetting. and some made me remember Mosaic 1.0.

    Lindsey Martin

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  5. Joshua,
    Got your ebooks for The Nurses Story and Rusty’s Story but when I asked Createspace if we could use those scans for POD as well as the ebooks, they told me they’d have to be done again because they used a special conversion technique. Is this true or should I be able to use yours. Also, can I put Kindle on my website so people can download it from there? And what about IPAD? Is mobi for smart phones?
    Thanks so much. The stuff you did for me was wonderful.
    Carol Gino
    aaha! Books
    starwater.com

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