book reviews

Making ePubs from scratch

If you want to find out how to create an ePub by writing the code and compiling it yourself, here are a couple of useful references. The eBook Design and Development Guide, by Paul Salvette. Available on Kindle.

Also, the related website, BB ebooks.

Build a digital book with EPUB, by IBM.

And a wonderful tool, the ePub checker, from Pagina online.

Warning - it's a painful process and takes time. If you don't want to write code, this isn't for you! However, if you are comfortable with html and css, I recommend learning how to do it yourself. Once you have repeated the steps a few times and worked out your own templates and processes, you'll be rewarded with messages like these:

Kindlegen message: mobi file created successfully

epubcheck message: no errors detected  Amazon message: file upload successful - no spelling errors

 

Cloth of Life - poems about the devastation of Alzheimer's disease

This is the first release online of a collection of poems written by Frances Vadla about caring for her Norwegian husband, Lars. The poems are often humorous and always honest and moving. They open a window on a life of love, family and friends, weaving and homesteading in Alaska. Cloth of Life free download page

Book review - Your Book Publishing Options, by Euan Mitchell

If you're thinking about writing and publishing in Australia, I highly recommend this book: Your Book Publishing Options: How to make and market ebooks and print books - Euan Mitchell, Overdog Press, 2014.

Euan Mitchell gives clear and authoritative advice about how to negotiate the maze of options in the Australian publishing market, from writing the first draft of a book to publishing and marketing it. He explains how to publish an ebook or print book, print-on-demand, or a combination of these options.