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Ebooks are a photographer's dream. Easy to create and publish, they provide a simple and inexpensive way for you to share your images with the public and generate some revenue at the same time. Follow along with veteran photographer Mikkel Aaland in this course as he turns his book County Fair Portraits, published in 1981, into an ebook. Along the way learn how to select, organize, and process your images with the EPUB format in mind, how to lay out and design your book, and how to prepare it for the appropriate ebook format. Plus, see how to set up publishing relationships with Amazon and other online retailers to distribute and sell your finished product.
In this video, I'll go over the tools and content I'll be using in this workshop. First, the content. Many years ago, in 1981, my book, County Fair Portraits, was published. I was very satisfied with the work, but it's long out of print and the rights have reverted back to me. Recently, I was approached by a curator to create a special limited edition of 25 original prints from the book. I wanted to create a catalog of the portfolio.
And for that, I naturally turned to the e-pub format, so I could easily distribute and even sell the catalog. So for this workshop I'll be using the orignial material from that Epub book, you'll find the actual images and content in the resource file, feel free to use the material for personal use but it's copyrighted and you're not allowed to distribute the material in any other shape or form. And the tools.
I'll primarily use Photoshop and Bridge for image preparation. And Indesign 5.5 to actually create the document, and then convert it to the e-pub format. Most version of Photoshop within reason are okay but I highly recommend using indesign five point five which is available as a standalone or part of the creative suite package you can also download it and use it for free for thirty days from the Adobe site, I'm also going to use Adobe digital additions. Let me show you how I get to that.
I have to export my file to open that up. And make sure this is checked. You E-pub after exporting. So I use this. It's a free E book reader from Adobe. And I also use the Amazon Kindle previewer which is shown here, to preview my document. So again, we have PhotoShop, Bridge and InDesign 5.5. Hopefully that's the highly recommended version of InDesign that you should be using.
And there you have it. With these tools, you are on your way to creating and publishing an ePub book.
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