- File Size: 8550 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BB eBooks (September 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009G2JMRK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The eBook Design and Development Guide Kindle Edition
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I bought The eBook Design and Development Guide as part of my quest for the arcane knowledge that has to be summoned in various bits and pieces via Google if you're going to put together an ePub or Kindle file (or in my case, both) that works.
After 10 exasperating days trying to create an ePub file that would make it though the ePub verifier, I first turned to Sigil but found that while it made a lot of things much easier it also inserted all sorts of strange <div> tags that reappeared as soon as you deleted them. I wanted to create a book using clean HTML--not ready-made, Save As Weenie-type shortcuts that might lead to problems later with some platform or other.
I then happened upon this book, and things started looking up. 10 days later, I had not only an ePub file that was successfully verified, but a Kindle file, too, that worked as well as a Kindle file can be expected to.
This book's biggest pluses are its conciseness and comprehensiveness, and the fact that it is still hot off the press, meaning it's packed with totally up-to-date information. The author takes you through EVERY aspect of ebook production--right through to the marketing--with links to resources here and there if he thinks you might need to know more. The author even links to his excellent ebook-dedicated YouTube channel in the superbly practical appendices (that go all the way up to P!) for a further offering of well-thought-out hands-on tuition.
The book includes basic tuition on HTML and CSS for those that need it, and with a gentleness of touch that will calm and before long empower even the least code-savvy types.
One of my favorite things about this guide is the author's style. It is some of the sanest, most level-headed and likeable writing I think I have ever encountered in a book of this kind. That style is a very big factor in getting you through the thicket that the process of ebook creation is, helped enormously of course by the logical and intuitive order of the book, and the lucidity of the explanations and advice.
I am very grateful for this book for helping me produce good-looking ebooks by hand that work. I cannot recommend it highly enough.