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Step-By-Step Guide to ePub creation
#1  ghostyjack 03-24-2009, 11:19 AM
I'm interested in learning how to manually create ePub format books but am having difficulty in finding information on what exactly I need to do.

I've looked through the forums to see if anyone has created a guide, but I can't see one.

Can some point me in the direction of a guide.

I know there are tools (like Calibre) but I would like to be able to understand what they create as I will need to customise them after creation.

Also I enjoy the manual work needed to create them. I always find more satisfaction in doing the work myself.

Any help is appreciated.
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#2  AnemicOak 03-24-2009, 11:37 AM
Don't know if any of this will be of help or not...

Here is the format spec...
http://www.openebook.org/2007/opf/OPF_2.0_final_spec.html

Here is the packaging spec...
http://www.openebook.org/2007/ops/OPS_2.0_final_spec.html


Here's a write up done on Teleread that might have some useful info...
http://www.teleread.org/2007/10/31/experimenting-with-epub-creation/


Also the Mobil Read Wiki has some good info...
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EPUB



I know it's not really the step-by-step guide you asked for, but I don't think I've seen one.
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#3  jgray 03-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Something I originally posted on TeleRead some time ago:

http://www.zianet.com/jgray/articles/Teleread1/index.html
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#4  Jellby 03-25-2009, 08:36 AM
What I used when I started with ePUB: http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/tutorial.asp

And little by little I've added some tweaks to my ePUB files. You can unzip one of them ("The Prince and the Pauper" is a good one, since it has embedded fonts too) and see how it's done. They are all hand-written, so everything there is is there because I added it (not because it's the default of some program).

The only thing missing is creating the final zip file. I pack the mimetype file without compression (zip mybook.epub -0 mimetype) and then add the rest of the files (zip mybook.epub -rDX9 META-INF OEPBS).
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#5  ghostyjack 03-26-2009, 05:35 PM
Thanks guys,

That lot looks to be able to provide me with a fair bit of info and if I reverse engineer an ePub file, should get enough info.
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#6  gernblanston 09-28-2009, 12:36 PM
Quote Jellby
What I used when I started with ePUB: http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/tutorial.asp

And little by little I've added some tweaks to my ePUB files. You can unzip one of them ("The Prince and the Pauper" is a good one, since it has embedded fonts too) and see how it's done. They are all hand-written, so everything there is is there because I added it (not because it's the default of some program).

The only thing missing is creating the final zip file. I pack the mimetype file without compression (zip mybook.epub -0 mimetype) and then add the rest of the files (zip mybook.epub -rDX9 META-INF OEPBS).
This is a very useful post, as I'm just starting to figure out epub. Do you have a link to a 'perfectly' tagged ebook, or a sample that you've created? I'm creating a book that has few images and strait text.

Thanks!
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#7  Jellby 09-28-2009, 01:22 PM
Try this: The Prince and the Pauper.
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#8  gernblanston 10-02-2009, 02:47 PM
Quote Jellby
Try this: The Prince and the Pauper.
This is very useful - thanks - esp. how to center the image. I'm using ID and I can't get my images to anchor in the correct spot on the epub page after conversion -- it always ends up at the end of the chapter! And so does the cutline/caption!

Anyone else having this issue?

Jellby -- is the tag that you used treat the image like text?

Thanks
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#9  GeoffC 10-14-2009, 12:49 PM
Quote Jellby
What I used when I started with ePUB: http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/tutorial.asp

And little by little I've added some tweaks to my ePUB files. You can unzip one of them ("The Prince and the Pauper" is a good one, since it has embedded fonts too) and see how it's done. They are all hand-written, so everything there is is there because I added it (not because it's the default of some program).

The only thing missing is creating the final zip file. I pack the mimetype file without compression (zip mybook.epub -0 mimetype) and then add the rest of the files (zip mybook.epub -rDX9 META-INF OEPBS).

anyone having problems with the link - i've been trying to access the tutorial without much luck ...
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#10  Jellby 10-15-2009, 10:28 AM
I just tried now, it works for me.
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