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Epub Straight to the Point: Creating eBooks for the Apple iPad and Other Ereaders

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Almost overnight, EPUB has become the favored standard for displaying digital text on ereaders. The EPUB specification is a powerful method for creating gorgeous ebooks for EPUB-capable readers such as the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. Alas, it is far from perfect, with frustrating limitations, sketchy documentation, and incomplete creation tools. This extensively researched gui ...more
ebook, 191 pages
Published July 28th 2010 by Peachpit Press
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Elisabeth
Mar 18, 2011 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the detailed instructions in this book.
Alessandro Pellizzari
Jul 26, 2011 Alessandro Pellizzari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manuali, e
Potevano intitolarlo "Making eBooks for iBooks with InDesign on the Mac".

A parte un inutile capitolo che accenna a come fare con Word (con 20 pagine di screenshot delle impostazioni di Word), l'80% del resto dice semplicemente "fatelo con InDesign, poi potete correggerlo col mio libro "XHTML vattelapesca". Ricordate che per vederlo su iBooks su iPad questi sono i css supportati, queste le dimensioni delle immagini e che avete tot pixel a disposizione".

Tenta di salvarsi con l'ultimo capitolo che
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Ken
Nov 06, 2012 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ken by: John Rodzvilla
This book is about only one thing: formatting EPUB files. It assumes you have already finished your manuscript and are ready to export it from Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign (CS4 or CS5), then walks you through all the edits and changes necessary to produce an EPUB file. It is a very practical guide, but also very narrow in its focus. It also predates the release of the iBooks Author program, though this book's author promises updates on her Web site.
Jamie
Apr 23, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone helpful but not a beginner's book. Her follow-up book is not complete without having read this first, and even then I had some questions. But such is the way with technology that keeps progressing. I at least appreciated some real-world help for those of us who want to figure eBook publication out.
Cara
101 kludges to make ebooks look pretty on the iPad, which is apparently riddled with maddening stupid quirks in its ereader. Ugh. Don't think I'll be doing this, but if I ever have to, this book is very clear and detailed.

p. 96 xhtml header
p. 110 the manifest, the spine
p. 114 document for cover
p. 156 controlling header position
p. 164 indents, short lines
Bob Hole
May 28, 2014 Bob Hole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly useful book. Well written in a straightforward style. Well indexed too, I use it regularly as a reference.

It's not in depth, but it gets you up and running in no time. Easily translates to multiple platforms too.
Kait
Nov 25, 2015 Kait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a bit out of date now, Castro's book gives an excellent grounding in e-production. It's also a great reference guide to draw on when practicing, and Castro has published it DRM-free, allowing readers to unzip the file and examine the ePUB.
Meril
Unrated because I did not actually make an EPUB file successfully; instructions are geared almost exclusively to users of Word and InDesign creating ebooks for iPad/iPhone apps.
Wayne
Apr 12, 2012 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another excellent work by Elizabeth Castro. She has long been one of my favorite authors of technical books. I highly recommend this to anyone writing, or planning to write, and eBook.
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Studied Spanish, Catalan, and Basque at University of Pennsylvania and University of California at Berkeley. Moved to Barcelona in 1987, found job in computer company translating documentation and software. Started Página Uno in 1990: publisher of Mac related books in Spanish. Moved back to US in 1993 to edit 5th edition of The Macintosh Bible. Wrote first edition of HTML Visual QuickStart Guide i ...more
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