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Digital Publishing Fundamentals
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Who is an ebook for?


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Digital Publishing Fundamentals

with William Everhart

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EBook apps are generally used for any publication that has multiple issues, like a magazine or newspaper. That is not to say that an eBook app would not suit a single-issue publication. These publications could certainly benefit from the advanced interactive features and rich media content that eBooks are famous for. Let's take a look at the list of candidates for whom the EPUB app is a good choice. As I mentioned earlier, digital magazines and newspapers are prime examples of eBook apps. You will also find many children's books and cookbooks using this format.

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Digital Publishing Fundamentals
1h 8m Appropriate for all Sep 28, 2012

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Devices like the Apple iPad have changed the way the world consumes media, and now anyone can adopt a digital publishing model and share their content with an audience. This course clearly defines the terms and types of digital formats, including EPUB, iBooks, ebooks, "enhanced" EPUB, and PDF, as well as their pros and cons, and helps you decide which media type best matches your content now, and which type you might want to migrate to in the future. The course also provides an overview of a typical digital publishing workflow and the software setup you'll need to get started.

Topics include:
  • Is print dead?
  • Understanding digital publishing terminology
  • Comparing an EPUB to a fixed-layout EPUB
  • Publishing with PDFs
  • Understanding the benefits and shortcomings of ebook apps
  • Working with InDesign, Word, and iBooks Author
  • Understanding distribution options
  • Selecting a publishing format
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing
Author:
William Everhart

Who is an ebook for?

EBook apps are generally used for any publication that has multiple issues, like a magazine or newspaper. That is not to say that an eBook app would not suit a single-issue publication. These publications could certainly benefit from the advanced interactive features and rich media content that eBooks are famous for. Let's take a look at the list of candidates for whom the EPUB app is a good choice. As I mentioned earlier, digital magazines and newspapers are prime examples of eBook apps. You will also find many children's books and cookbooks using this format.

Promotional materials like product brochures that contain a lot of content could certainly benefit from the features of the eBook format. Currently, textbook publishers are offering eBook apps along with the printed versions. The interactive features, rich media support, accessible text, and annotations, along with chapter reviews make an eBook app the obvious choice for textbooks. Perhaps, on a smaller scale, self- help books too can benefit from the offerings of an eBook app.

eBook apps have a lot to offer the digital publisher, but care must be taken to make sure it's the right format for your publishing needs. If those needs include multiple- issue publications, a large degree of interactivity, and high-profile distribution channels, then perhaps, an eBook app is exactly what you're looking for.

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