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Understanding ebooks


Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM (BST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
Morning ticket: Demystifying ebooks
BookMachine Members will receive a code for £25 off. There are limited discount codes available.
Oct 20, 2017 £75.00 £0.00 £15.00
Afternoon ticket: Coding for ebooks
BookMachine Members will receive a code for £25 off. There are limited discount codes available.
Oct 20, 2017 £75.00 £0.00 £15.00
Morning and afternoon, with lunch
Ticket includes access the course 10-1/2-5 and lunch. BookMachine Members will receive a code for £50 off. There are limited discount codes available.
Oct 20, 2017 £150.00 £0.00 £30.00

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Event Details

Morning 10-1: Demystifying ebooks / Afternoon 2-5: Coding for ebooks

(lunch included for anyone attending both the morning and afternoon workshop)

Faber Academy, Bloomsbury, London

Do you want to be an ebook expert? Do you want to thoroughly understand the market; plus have the practical skills to code your own ebooks? Join industry expert Ken Jones for this two-part one-day course. In the morning session Ken will present an overview of the ebook market today, giving you insights into which formats work on which devices; and making sure you are up-to-speed on the latest debates around DRM. The afternoon session will be a hands-on course for coding ebooks.

If you are joining in the afternoon you will receive a package of exercises to download onto your laptop. These exercises will be used on the day, so please bring your own device.

Morning Session - Demystifying ebooks

  • What exactly is an ebook?
  • Ebook formats - EPUB2 vs EPUB3 vs MOBI vs KF8 vs EPIB vs iBA vs ePDF
  • Comparisons of Book apps, eBooks and online products
  • Fixed layout vs reflowable and which is right in which situation
  • Fixed layout EPUB3 zooming vs KF8 zooming and the limitations of KF8
  • The limitations of devices and how this impacts eBooks
  • Adding interactivity and enhancements
  • Read-aloud media overlays vs text to speech
  • Accessibility in ebooks
  • The pros and cons of DRM
  • Who are the IDPF, the W3C and how are they linked
  • What Readium is and what can it be used for
  • The future of ebooks, beyond EPUB and beyond ebook devices

Afternoon Session - Coding for ebooks

  • Explanation of HTML, CSS and XML the foundation languages of ebooks.
  • Unpacking an EPUB
  • Understanding the structure of an EPUB
  • Finding and changing content in a reflowable EPUB
  • Adding new content to a reflowable EPUB
  • Opening and amending a fixed layout EPUB
  • Repacking an EPUB successfully
  • Validating an EPUB and understanding validation errors and warnings
  • Converting an EPUB to a MOBI for Amazon
  • Where to go for more practice and information

Ken Jones is a publishing software expert with over ten years experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to improve how publishers produce their illustrated print and digital books.

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Faber Academy
74-77 Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM (BST)

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