Learn about other ebook courses in the library, and learn about relevant online portals, blogs, and conferences.
- [Instructor] Thank you so much for watching this course, and hopefully it gets you excited about creating eBooks in the wonderful world of becoming an ebook designer, developer, and publisher. Now, this is not enough though, there are lots more that you need to learn. That's what I want to talk about in this video, where and how can you learn them. I'll show you a few of my favorite sites and resources, and then tell you about some other courses that I have here in the online training library that I think should be your next step. I've talked about the MobileRead forum off and on in various videos.
Again, go to mobileread.com, click on forums, and down here you'll find tons of users, just like yourself, who are working with Calibre, and Sigil, and EPUB, and Kindle trying to make things work. Free to sign up, free to post, wonderful wonderful resource, I've been using them for years. I publish a bunch of different blogs, along with my business partner, David Blatner, and one of them is epubsecrets.com. Laura Brady, who is an Ebook developer in Canada, is the current Editor-in-Chief, and she's doing a fantastic job of posting wonderful links, and very geeky kind of stuff about doing pagination with reflowable epubs, and how to prep an InDesign file for EPUB, it's excellent.
So check out epubsecrets.com. There is another site that I guess you could call it a competitor to epubsecrets, but these people are huge, and they've been around a while, they're wonderful folks. Digitalbookworld.com, they have an Ebook Production FAQ, as you can see. It's a membership site, they do webinars, they have a conference. Digitalbookworld's all about Ebooks. Now, they're not the only people to do a conference, I also run a conference with David Blatner called, CreativePro Week, and it is three of our top conferences back to back in the same location.
PePcon is the one I want to mention that's the print in Epublishing conference. It'll be on this screen June 6-8, in 2018, in New Orleans. Might be different, go to creativeproweek.com when you watch this video, but this is a conference just for people who are doing publishing to print pdf and Ebooks. Check that out. One of my favorite resources for day to day questions is the eprdctn, standing for Ebook Production, hashtag on Twitter. Even if you do not have an account on Twitter, I'm a huge Twitter fan, but I know most people are not.
It's useful to bookmark this url, and I'll have it in the pdf resources. It's a hashtag for eprdctn and what that allows you to do is to see everybody who's posted a tweet, and included that hashtag, so that's how you can create a conversation or join a group, quote, unquote, on Twitter, which is normally not possible. You don't have to follow any of these people, they don't have to be your friends, whatever. You just include that hashtag in your Tweet, and you can see that it's kind of like a big cafeteria of a bunch of people working on their own Ebook projects, and they pick their head up, and they yell across, "Hey mate, how do Kindle mobile apps handle the user margin "setting?" So, you could just jump right in here, and ask your question, and get answers.
This is how I got to meet Laura Brady, the publisher for epubsecrets, and I've met and hired freelancers here, and I've been hired. It's a wonderful resource, it's been going on for many years. The eprdctn hashtag, there is a similar group on Facebook as well. If you're not a Twitter person, there's a eprdctn group on Facebook, just search for the same hashtag. And finally, I have a bunch of courses, I know I've mentioned them a few times, but if you go to my author page, and scroll down, you'll see a whole pile of great resources for you.
If you are having trouble with InDesign, especially if you're using InDesign to create EPUBS, I have a bunch of different versions, and I'll be continuing to update that course. I also have courses on creating fixed-layout EPUBs. So, check those out as well. That's about it. There is a ton more to learn, and using these resources will help keep you ahead of the curve.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author