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Knowledge base

The Electric Book Works Knowledge Base contains reference material on digital publishing that we’ve developed over time. A caveat: it’s not comprehensive, it can go out of date quickly, and we don’t claim it’s best practice or silver-bullet info. Like most things in digital publishing, it’s a work in progress.

ABCs

Arthur Attwell 2 July 2011
This information is more than two years old, and may no longer be accurate.

If you’re new to digital publishing, here are a few useful things to start with. … Read more

Building and maintaining websites

Arthur Attwell 25 June 2012
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Some tips and guidance for beginners on building and maintaining websites. … Read more

Creating PDF ebooks

Arthur Attwell 8 September 2020

Most designers create PDFs for printing. These PDFs contain high-res images and printer’s marks (for cropping, bleed, registration, colour, and page info). … Read more

Creating epub from InDesign

Arthur Attwell 17 February 2010
This information is more than two years old, and may no longer be accurate.

There are many ways to create epub files. One of these is via InDesign. Since most books move through InDesign at some stage, this is likely to be a popular route for many designers and production teams. Unfortunately, this isn’t yet a simple process. I hope that one day these notes will stand as a testament to how hard this used to be. … Read more

Designing for Digital: What print-book designers should know about ebooks

Arthur Attwell 5 November 2010
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This short book is for designers, editors and production managers in book-publishing companies. Most publishers are looking to use their content in ebooks or on websites, and this practical introduction helps production teams understand how to work in ebook-friendly ways, even when their books are destined for print. … Read more

Digital decisions: What book publishers should know about ebooks

Arthur Attwell 16 February 2010
This information is more than two years old, and may no longer be accurate.

‘Digital decisions’ is a day-long course for publishing staff. We paint a picture of the digital publishing landscape, and take the unfamiliarity out of key digital-publishing concepts. We range from big concepts to workflow nitty-gritty. … Read more

Embracing digital: Changes and opportunities in educational publishing

Arthur Attwell 2 July 2011
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This is the ebook version of our full-day workshop for publishers, editors and production managers in educational publishing we ran in 2010. … Read more

Epub production tips

Arthur Attwell 20 October 2010
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We’ve got a lot of info on making epubs in our section on creating epubs from InDesign. We also post tips and guidelines for epub production here. … Read more

InDesign best practice for print and ebooks

Arthur Attwell 21 October 2014
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This course is for editors and designers who work in InDesign and need to set up documents for reliable export to epub. It is included in condensed form in ‘Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS’. … Read more

Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS

Arthur Attwell 21 October 2014
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‘Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS’ is an in-depth, practical crash course in ebook production, ideal for editorial and production staff familiar with InDesign. The aim is to provide your organisation with in-house technical expertise for quality assurance and production-process decisions. We teach basic HTML and CSS (stylesheets) to enable participants to create, evaluate and fix basic epubs, and to know how to tackle problems when they arise. Participants work mostly in Sigil and a little InDesign, learning how best to edit content and control layout. … Read more

Multi-format editing: Preparing content for a print-and-digital world

Arthur Attwell 1 July 2018

This is a one-day course for publishing and editorial staff, and curious authors, on how to edit content for multi-format output. Increasingly, we’re producing content that will be read on paper and on devices large and small, fast and slow, online and offline. How do we make sure our content makes sense in these different contexts? … Read more

Other resources

Arthur Attwell 27 August 2010
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This is a constantly evolving list of digital-publishing links and resources we find useful and/or interesting. … Read more

Self-publishing

Arthur Attwell 9 March 2015
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Tips and guidance on self-publishing for beginners. … Read more

Simple-ebook operational issues

Arthur Attwell 4 May 2010
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Selected guidelines for specific operational issues when making and selling simple ebooks. … Read more