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Joshua Tallent

About Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent, the Director of Outreach and Education at Firebrand Technologies, is dedicated to helping publishers around the world create better books. In addition to heading up training and outreach efforts within Firebrand, Joshua serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches at publishing conferences year-round. He also leads the development of FlightDeck, the most robust EPUB quality assurance tool available. Website: http://www.firebrandtech.com; Twitter: @jtallent, @firebrandtech.

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Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

If you have been doing ebook development for any amount of time, you have heard a lot about XML workflows. These conversations, sometimes in hushed tones of trepidation and other times in hopeful anticipation, usually tend to end in the conclusion that an XML workflow is just not possible, is too costly, or does...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 2

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 1

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Ebook Production 101: The Copyright Page

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Copyright Page, Part 2

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Cover Image

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Cover Image

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the next few installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I would like to delve into some best...

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How to Add a page-list to an EPUB

Navigation is an important part of every ebook file, and one navigation option that many publishers often forget when creating their ebooks is page numbers. “Wait… There are page numbers in ebooks?” you might ask. Yes! Page numbers are actually very useful for ebook files and can be a helpful addition to navigating the...

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Seven Ways to Get Ebook Production Training

My colleague and fellow ebook developer Laura Brady wrote recently about the challenging job prospects facing would-be ebook production professionals. As she pointed out, learning how to create ebooks is neither an easy process nor a cheap one. But Brady also noted that there’s still a range of ways to acquire production training—to which...

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Why Proprietary Ebook Formats Work

As someone who has been creating ebooks for more than a decade, I am often asked whether I think Amazon will someday let go of its proprietary Kindle format and switch to EPUB. My response has been the same since the question was first posed to me in 2009: I don’t see any reason...

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The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows

Many publishers and ebook creation companies strive to create a single EPUB file they can deliver to all of the different retailers, rather than producing different files for each one. While there are pros and cons to this approach to ebook production, my own view is that the pros outweigh the cons. But first,...