How to Make an eBook Anyone Can Read with ePub
How to Make an eBook Anyone Can Read with ePub?
An eBook in PDF format doesn't means that it can be read on any e-reader or other mobile device, because a PDF is a static or unchangeable image, it's page can't be resized to fit the screen of any given divice, while the text in ePub format can be changed and reflowed:
"Many new authors might make the mistake of thinking that if they have a portable document format (PDF) of their book it means that it can be read on an e-reader or other mobile device. While in many cases the PDF can be opened, the text is far too small because it is a static or unchangeable image. ePub makes it so your text is resized to fit the screen of any given device. Since the text in ePub format can be changed in terms of size, font and color, reading an ePub book becomes a much more personal experience for the reader. "
What is an ePub, and how can you convert my manuscript to Epub on your own?
It might help you understand better what an ePub is by looking into an ePub file. This Epub Tutorial is a great place to start. You may try to download the sample .epub file by following the links, and rename the .epub extension to .zip, open the Zip file and look inside the file. What's inside may surprises you, because you can extract files and directories, and open these files in any text editor or Web browser. Actually, the .epub is a standard for eBooks created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It consists of basic XHTML for the book content, XML for descriptions, and a re-named zip file to hold it all in. Anyone can make these eBooks, and since they're essentially just XHTML, anyone can read them.
After you have basic knowledge of IDPF Specifications, that is:
- Allowed Mark-up reference for included XHTML files
You can make ePub files with just the programs that came with your operating system, a text editor and a tool to make a .zip file, then rename it to .epub.
Of course, it will be quicker to use a tool specially for making and converting a manuscript to a .epub format eBook. Below is a list of free tools and resources to help you convert a variety of file types into the Epub format:
Calibre: Free tool for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux that allows you to convert to ePub from a wide variety of formats. Calibre is reported to be one of the better conversion tools for preserving styles and formatting of source documents.
eCub: eCub is a cross-platform tool for creating EPUB and MobiPocket books. eCub offers a convenient way to import text and XHTML files and create all the necessary components of an EPUB file.
Sigil is a multi-platform WYSIWYG ebook editor. It is designed to edit books in ePub format.
eScape is a free Open Office Writer to ePub creator. It lets you instantly and effortlessly turn Open Office Writer documents (ODT) into perfect ePubs ready to share with your friends.