First, we will begin with a rudimentary EPUB 2.0 document and examine the specific files to bring everyone onto the same page and ensure we are all using the same language. This will be a trip down memory lane for some and an introduction to EPUB structure for others. It will include a brief overview of Mimetype files, Meta-inf, and OEBPS. Beginners should feel welcome, old hands should feel nostalgia.
Second, we will turn our simple EPUB 2.0 document into an EPUB3 on the most basic level. We will introduce the package document and how the mechanics of the two files differ.
Third, we will introduce new features that were not possible with the old structure. Some of these are multimedia, font control, text-to-speech functionality, aural renditions, media overlays, and scripting. We will introduce them individually and answer questions as they arise to ensure everyone understands how they work, what they can do, and what they imply for the ebook.
Fourth, we will build a complicated EPUB3 together that takes advantage of all of these new functions. Attendees who bring laptops will be given the files and programs needed to follow along or try on their own at home.
Finally, we will open the floor to questions and discussion.
Seattle-born, techy, book nerd, and perfectionist, Amanda received Master’s degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University. A lifelong obsession with art, marketing statistics, and digital trends led her to realize the potential for ebooks to entertain and inspire readers instead of annoying and frustrating them in the way they often do. Partnering with design-savvy tech guru Tom McCluskey, Amanda co-founded Digital Bindery to solve digital publishing problems with particular attention to the artisan aesthetic.
Tom has been involved in publishing as an editor, lead designer, and ebook guru both in the Pacific Northwest and on the East Coast. He received his Master’s Degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University in 2010, founding the Digital Content Department of Ooligan Press while still a student.
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