ePub Training Courses
Broaden your reader base, add interactivity to your publications, and expand your work to mobile devices and tablets using cutting-edge techniques and software. Use InDesign to create an interactive publication with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, create a basic ePub using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 or hand-code your own advanced ePub book for eReaders. These courses are developed using real world production techniques to maximize your digital presence.
Creating ebooks with the most advanced features that modern ebook readers are capable of requires hand-coding and a knowledge of HTML and CSS. But with that knowledge, premium ePubs can be created with advanced typographic styles, custom layouts and on some devices, video and audio. The advanced layout and type control techniques taught in this class are mainly aimed at the following ebook readers: Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Kobo Vox. Please note that not all devices noted support every technique taught in this class. This class does not cover fixed layout ePubs or speak-along ePubs, but this class is a prerequisite for C2's Creating fixed layout ePubs or Creating speak-along ePubs classes.
Several modern ebook readers allow for fixed layouts books that more closely mimic traditional books that rely heavily on design and illustration. Fixed layout ePubs are an excellent choice for things like children's books, comics, cookbooks, photography books, travel books or any volume where the imagery, illustration and layout are critical to the purpose of the book. There are currently 4 ebook readers on the market (Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Kobo Vox) that allow for fixed layout content and unfortunately they use 3 different techniques to achieve this. This class will instruct students on how to take illustrative content and format it for all 4 popular readers.
Several modern ebook readers (Apple's iBooks, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Kobo Vox) allow for narration to accompany the ebook reading experience and Apple's iBooks even allows for word-by-word speak along with content (please note Amazon's Kindle does not support any narration at this time). This admittedly specialized technique is most frequently used in children's books (and in the case of Barnes & Noble, limited only to children's books) but can make for a delightful, premium experience for readers when properly implemented.
Learn to use InDesign to create a basic ePub for reading on Apple iBook, Kindle, Nook and other mobile readers. You will learn how to layout, format and add images to your ePub layout, then export and test using Adobe's Digital Editions software. We will also explore basic CSS editing to add features to your ePub after exporting from InDesign.