Re: publishing ebooks

Subject: Re: publishing ebooks
From: "Rick_Bishop" <rickbishop -at- austin -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:18:33 -0500

Hi Becca: I've published full length chaptered & illustrated books that
work in the iphone, ipad, (they are different) the nook, blackberry, generic
e-ink, Sony, Samsung, Netbook, and Kindle.

Output is to epub, mobi, rtf, pdf, txt, lit, pdb, lrf, and zip.

I get all the works ready for commercial soft-cover printing in MS Word,
then convert appropriately using Acrobat Pro, Calibre, or Mobipocket, and
then do final editing in Dreamweaver when needed.

You can get a Kindle previewer from Amazon and a Blackberry simulator from
Research In Motion. The other readers' specs are readily available to help
you determine graphic and page sizes. Most devices determine line spacing
and font size internally. It's the page breaks and chapter breaks you have
to code for. You have to build the table of contents independently for some
devices, but Word footnotes carry over very nicely in most cases.


Message: 31
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 17:09:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: publishing ebooks

does anyone here publish their manuals or other documents in eformat?
if so, what tools do you use? is your output epub only, or do you take into
consideration Kindle users and create parallel files in mobi format?

do you do things like specify fonts, line spacing, margins, and other
typological elements? or do you let the device's internal formatting
determine that stuff?
do you need to use any html other than tables of contents and internal
lists? do you have internal links, like jumps to footnotes or other sections
of the book?

(this is for a writing project for my tech writing class, but may have
professional uses as well.)

Thanks for any help you can give me!



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