Pub Crawling: ePUBbing Your Book the Easy Way

As you know, we at FAB are terrible slackers; we look for the easy way to do everything! That being said, what follows here the most helpful bits of info and videos we’ve culled from our recent ePub Crawl.

Carl Lyman uses Pages to create his epub. You can find a March 2011 tutorial on he did called ePub – creating in Pages on a Mac.m4v, on youtube. Carl talks fast because he really knows what he’s doing so you may have to watch it a few times.  Carl also has his own channel with a couple other epub videos on it.  If you use Pages, you may want to check it out.

Sigil is program that’s free from Google. It’s HTML editor that supports ePub reading and editing, simultaneously. It runs on mac, pc, or linux, so it’s worth a look. The official Sigil site is a little intense.  For the down and dirty how to use Sigil in real life, watch the how to video by Mark Harmon, of epubandebookhelp.com  Mark uses Microsoft Expression, too.

Literature and Latte’s Scrivener is a pretty amazing program ($45) for Mac (OS: Tiger or above), but it’s being released in a Windows version soon, in fact Scrivener for Windows is currently in public beta. So maybe try it out.

View the video tutorial to see how Scrivener allows you to write your book, then export it as Amazon Kindle or ePub.  And, yeah, enjoy the British accent!

For InDesign, Mark, of epubandebook.com, has a video how to put together an epub from a single file (like we do at FAB!). Again, like Carl, he talks very quickly, but it’s all good info, as is all of what’s on the epubandebook.com site (as well as the ebookarchitects.com com site) and you should read it all.

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Summing up

We found Mark’s InDesign video most useful, but only because we already own InDesign and our books were in a format that just required adjusting a few parameters to enable export as ePub. We have yet to try it out, but  we believe it will work out to be the best option for us.

For people that don’t want to create files for print books, and that’s probably most of you, Scrivener is probably the better choice. It allows you to create Kindle and ePUBs: $45. Amazing.  If we can’t make Adobe ID work, we’ll go Scrivener. We’ll also be recommending this to authors as their software of choice.

Looking for someone to do your conversion for you? Mark Harmon of epubandebook.com, like Joshua Tallent of ebookarchitects.com, is available to take your project.  And don’t forget to check out Joshua’s Kindle Formatting pages if you go it alone.

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