- File Size: 1605 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing (May 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KJAH4HS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Zen of eBook Formatting: A Step-by-step Guide To Format eBooks for Kindle and EPUB Kindle Edition
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Where many people may find Guido's book more useful is he utilizes Calibre to do the html conversion into the different eBook formats while Paul utilizes command line utilities that may turn people off. I think both ways are valid. I'm comfortable with command line work, so I don't mind using Amazon's KindleGen compiler.
Guido puts his css information right in his html file, which I feel makes the html file more cumbersome and difficult to read. When you go to make changes, and you WILL have to go back and make changes, it's much easier if you're looking at a much smaller file without a lot of styling information getting in the way. He also builds one large html file, while Paul suggests breaking your files down by chapter. This makes sense to me, again, because when you go back to make alterations, you have less mess to wade through. Paul suggests this method also makes for faster loading times for eReaders. That may be becoming less of an issue (which might be why Guido doesn't subscribe to it) since eReaders are capable of more, but it's possible some of the folks who buy your book are still rocking a first or second gen Kindle.
It might sound like I completely prefer Paul's book over Guido's but when it comes down to it, both are highly valuable. I would get both, read them each twice - carefully, and then pick and choose from each book which advice you wish to follow. Paul provides some boiler plates for css you may wish to utilize, while Guido goes into greater depth on fancy characters (like drop caps). Both are very strong in the areas of stripping out extra white space and adding in special formatting (like italics) to your word document and text files. I hate sounding like a weasel and saying "get both", but in this case I honestly think both have much to offer folks just learning to format eBooks. Neither is expensive, so you may as well have access to all the information and choose which method(s) you like best.
Did you know you don't have to give up your smart quotes? Did you know that the Kindle conversion software may not be generating the output you think it is? Did you know your eBook may not be readable on a significant percentage of e-readers? Did you know that if you're relying on a single tool to generate your output, your output will not be optimal?
Like the description says, this is a greatly expanded version of his online series, covering more situations you'll undoubtedly run into. Guido Henkel lays things out in an easy-to-understand way. He takes a potentially complex and arcane subject and breaks it down into manageable and comprehensible chunks.
Stop relying on conversion services to generate your output! Take pride in your product! Take control of your output!
You owe it to yourself to read this guide. No...you owe it to your future readers.
There are a very few things that every self-publisher MUST perfect in order to produce quality products: the book text itself, cover art, blurb writing, and BOOK FORMATTING. Unfortunately, ebook formatting requires knowledge that isn't necessarily commonplace (such as basic HTML). The magic of this book is that the author takes you step by step through the process, telling you every single thing you need to know to take full control of your book's presentation. He teaches the basics of HTML and ebook creation so that anybody who can operate a mouse and keyboard can follow along with ease. And most importantly, this book doesn't just help you produce a quality product--it helps you produce a quality product EVERYWHERE. So you don't have to worry about your book looking beautiful on one company's device while falling apart on another.
Don't be discouraged by the book preview. If you want to DIY and publish your work as ebooks, this book is worth every penny a hundred times over. (And I'm absolutely unaffiliated with the author.)
I am very impressed with the way Guido structured the book, and with the way he thoroughly describes each concept. He not only clearly describes each, but also gives a great background on the why. Understanding why has always helped me understand a concept more quickly.
I had tried ebook formatting using Adobe Indesign with passable results, but really not understanding what I was doing. Using HTML directly this way just seems like a much better approach. Highly recommend this book.
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