The First 5 Topics in Introduction to eBook Formatting

I’ll be teaching Introduction to eBook Formatting at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies as an elective in their editing program on March 14–16. This course is appropriate for publishing professionals, writers and authors, K–12 and college/university-level educators, and document specialists in any line of business. I thought I’d give potential students a taste of the contents by reviewing the main topics in a bit more detail than you’ll find in the syllabus.

1. eBooks vs. Print Books We’ll start the course with the tried and true method of defining our terms. We’ll discuss what makes something an eBook, types of eBooks, and the various ways eBooks (depending on their type) differ from print books.

2. Converting vs. Formatting vs. Designing vs. Redesigning eBooks People talk about “making an eBook,” but depending on how you go about this, very different types of actions could be involved. We’ll discuss the differences between and among converting files, formatting eBooks, designing eBooks, and redesigning eBooks from print editions.

3. A Variety of Ways for Creating eBooks There are many different ways to create eBooks, including a number of DIY options that may involve coding or the eBook version of WYSIWYG, as well as individuals and companies you can hire to do it for you. We’ll explore some of the top methods and their key features.

4. The Skills and Tools of eBook Creation No matter how you create an eBook, there are certain fundamental, underlying skills and tools you need to assure a high quality product. For example, you need to create content, validate your end file, and test on target devices.

5. eBook Client Issues and Tools for Client Communication Every author, writer, or other client you ever work with will have had vast experience with print materials. Depending on your work, you may encounter some who have little or no experience with eBooks, and so may have unrealistic or inaccurate conceptions of how their content will appear as eBook. Knowing about and addressing these proactively will make the process easier for everyone.

More Information and Sign Up For more information about Introduction to eBook Formatting, offered March 14–16, 2013 at the University of Chicago Graham School at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, click here.

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