Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Why so many formats?, part of Creating Ebooks for the Kindle.
In this movie I'd like to have a look for a moment at the range of formats applicable to publishing to Kindle devices, and why you'd use them. Progress of course is the main reason we have a choice. Things have moved on, and this is after all an evolving phase of the publishing medium. We've got two formats in practical terms. We have EPUB2, which is repackaged as the Mobi7 format on Kindle, and that's supported by all Kindle devices.
And then we have the newer EPUB3, some people call it the fixed layout format, which can be republished in the KF8 format. But that only works on the newer devices. So, if you're writing a novel or a piece of text with supporting images or figures, then EPUB2 is the route for you to go down, and it's also the easiest of the two to deal with, plus, of course, you have the potential larger audience that that gives with both kinds of devices.
If you're looking at a fixed layout publication, then your only choice is EPUB3. And this would be really suitable for something that's quite graphical in terms of layout like a coffee table book or maybe a children's book perhaps. So there you are, and in this movie you discovered which format is suitable for which device or devices, now let's take a look at the tools we can use to work on them
- Reviewing ebook formats
- Converting to EPUB from Word and Pages
- Converting HTML/XHTML to EPUB
- Adding a cover image
- Editing metadata
- Building a TOC
- Adding and editing links
- Publishing to Amazon
Skill Level Beginner
InDesign CC 2014: EPUBswith Anne-Marie Concepción4h 50m Beginner
Ebooks: Distributing and Marketingwith David Wogahn3h 16m Intermediate
1. Formats and Tools
2. InDesign Workflows
InDesign CS4 to CC2m 47s
3. Word, Text, and HTML
4. Tools of Choice
5. Editing Your EPUB with calibre
6. Editing Your EPUB with Sigil
7. Publishing to Amazon
Where to go from here1m 36s
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