AAUP 2014

Advice for Ebook Complexities and Quality Control

Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Marriott

AAUP Design and Production Committee
Carol Stein, ASCSA, chair
Kenneth Reed, Princeton

Joshua Tallent, Chief eBook Architect, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua Tallent has been an ebook developer since 2002 and is a well-known ebook expert and teacher. Joshua advocates for beautiful, functional, accessible ebooks, and focuses much of his attention on the practical implementation of solid ebook development practices. He and his team provide ebook design and consulting services to publishers and authors, specializing in complex and enhanced ebook projects and grand ideas. website / twitter

Creating EPUB files can be frustrating work. Sometimes the process works and you can push out a file with little or no hassle, but other times you spend hours banging your head against the wall trying to figure out why that table just won't behave.

In this workshop, we will talk about some of the most frustrating and confusing aspects of ebook development. You will walk away with solid, practical information about:

  • When an ebook design might need to deviate from the print design, and when it can be the same.
  • Handling images in ebook files, including advice on file type, size, dimensions, and more.
  • Designing tables to look good and function properly across devices.
  • Working with foreign languages, and getting special characters to behave on different systems.
  • When to consider fixed layout and iBooks Author as opposed to (or in addition to) reflowable ebooks.
  • Workflow adjustments you can make for digital-first and digital-only books.
  • Considerations when choosing between EPUB 2 and EPUB 3, and advice on converting to Kindle Format 8.
  • Quality control steps and tools that actually work.

Come prepared to learn about the deeper side of ebook production. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer if they wish to try their hand at various techniques. It is recommended that all participants be comfortable with creating, opening, and manipulating EPUB files.

The registration fee for this workshop is $200 for AAUP Members, $225 for non-Member nonprofits, and $250 for non-Members. Space is limited. Register here >