Creating an eBook?

August 27, 2012

By Janet Dodrill

The two major formats of an eBook are EPUB for Apple’s iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and other eBook readers, and Kindle (Mobipocket format) for the Amazon Kindle devices. The PDF is also considered an eBook format for an iOS or Android device, however it is has display limitations on digital devices.

There are many ways to create an eBook. Most designers may be turning to Adobe InDesign and Adobe’s Digital Publishing Software (DPS), and the release of Adobe CS6 has the necessary tools built in. According to Smashing Magazine, Apple Pages software has an EPUB export option ($20). Additionally, Calibre, a free download, can convert a file from a standard format such as Microsoft Word to the top eBook formats (EPUB and the Kindle’s Mobipocket format).

Sources:
How To Make An eBook http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/29/how-to-make-an-ebook


Get a Users Group

July 29, 2011

By Janet Dodrill

Do you belong to a computer users group or attend relevant training presentations or seminars? It is a great way to meet other industry professionals and keep your skills sharp. I attend regularly, and have made strong contacts in the local graphic design and publishing field. Plus, I enjoy the diversity of people and topics. This month I learned about producing digital sound recordings on a laptop using Garage Band and about other recording applications and equipment. Next month I will see an Adobe Creative Suite presentation with 4 Adobe speakers, and gain tips on running a successful business at another upcoming event. Some of my favorite groups include:

Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) www.cdpug.org

Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) www.gcpcug.org

CDPUG/GCPCUG Web SIG www.clevelandwebsig.org

The Web Association www.webassociation.org

Simplex-IT Lucheanars www.simplex-it.com

Check the calendar for area meetings at Cleveland Tech Events www.clevelandtechevents.com