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- 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: #205,221 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.
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.
I stumbled on to Henkel's eBook formatting posts and was delighted to find that formatting my own eBooks was only a matter of knowing some HTML and CSS. Having grown up hand-coding HTML and CSS for websites during the dark ages of Web 1.0, I knew I could do the job, but just needed a CSS refresher and a.
This is probably not the best guide for someone not versed in the backend of website design (if looking at lines and lines of HTML with encoded characters makes you quake in fear or gives you a headache, probably you should look into a program), and it would be nice if his instructions were given in a simple "step by step" summary at the end of each chapter, but for me, a starting indie, it's been helpful and invaluable!
It lets me dive in to the nitty-gritty and I feel like I understand what my files are made of and what's going on in them. To me, that's a feeling of confidence and security in putting my product out there.
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