Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video What is an ebook?, part of Creating Photography Ebooks.
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What is ePub? ePub is electronic version of a publication. It's optimized for screen viewing and sharing over commercial outlets, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. At this time, it is not optimized for design. An epub title will look one way on one device and another way on another device. Users can control not only the size of the font but the font style itself. In many ways it is a designer's nightmare.
With all its limitations it's like being back in the early days of the web when all we had was html. Having said this, ePub is very flexible. Images and text are re-sized automatically to fit he space available on the display device. A photo will display at one resolution and one size on say, an iPad, and re-size automatically to fit a small iPhone. Text will also reflow relatively, so ePub is limited in some ways, flexible in others, and ultimately its great because its easy to create and easy to solve.
Get this, Amazon just a know for the first time ePub books are outselling all their print books combined. As a freelance photographer I'm always looking for new revenue streams. For many years I've posted my images on the web and shared my work for free. My traditional books were a large part of my income. Well, times have changed and now it's possible to repackage my old book material, whose rights have reverted back to me from the publisher, and offer the material for a price on various distribution channels, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Once I learned how easy it was to create e pub books I wanted to share what I've learned what my fellow photographers so they to can benefit from the exciting possibilities of e pub creation and distribution. I hop at the end of this workshop you'll not only be able to create your own e pub books but you'll make some money selling them as well.
- What is an ebook?
- The process in a nutshell, from start to finish
- Creating and designing an ebook in InDesign
- Adding hyperlinks and a table of contents
- Exporting to the EPUB format
- Publishing and marketing your ebook