Creating ePub like a Pro with Sigil

Learn how to build professional looking epub that is compatible with different ebook readers (Kindle, iBook, Nook, etc)
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Great to have you in this course. These are the things we will cover in this course:
I created this course because I've seen a lot of authors and publishers disregard the design of their ebooks. There are just very few tools that supports creating epub and most of them have a high learning curve to use.
In this course, I will guide you how you can create professional looking Amazon Kindle Books, Apple iBooks or Google Books and Nook books with the use of a FREE tool - Sigil.
Most publishers just use plain MS WORD to create their books but the problem with that is when it is coverted into a digital book like epub or mobi format, it messes up a lot and it DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!
I have developed my own way of creating these epubs like a pro using SIGIL. I have even created templates which I will share to you in this course! 
So if you're ready to step up your publishing business and make professional ebooks, then click the ENROLL in this course button on the right! Let's do it!

What are the requirements?

  • You should already be familiar and have done self-publishing. A little knowledge about HTML and CSS is a plus but we'll cover it in this course. Don't worry, we'll only use what we need!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create professional looking epub using a Sigil as a FREE tool
  • Create bundles and box sets easily
  • Develop a theme for your brand and pen name
  • Insert Images and text into your epub
  • Export your content from MS word and other word processing program
  • Create HTML and CSS files
  • Add links and images in your document
  • Format your epub like a pro
  • Validate your ePub to make it compatible with different Platforms like Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Nook, etc

Who is the target audience?

  • I created this course to help self-published authors and publishers to build professional looking Kindle books. The ePub that you are creating is also compatible and has been the format of choice for most publishing platforms like Amazon KDP, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Books, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, etc.
  • I have seen a lot of publishers publishing their books and uploading them online and not providing much attention to the formatting. This course is not for you if you're looking for a drag-and-drop content and everything is formatted for you automatically. Although this is possible by creating a template. But if you want more flexibility in your design, this course is for you!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Intro
Before you start in this course
Section 2: Let's setup your Tools and Software
Installing Sigil
Installing Calibre - A Digital ebook Library and Previewer
Installing Amazon Kindle Previewer
Section 3: Getting Started with Sigil
The Sigil Interface
Understanding the HTML View
Why Error Validation is Important
Section 4: Let's get it on - Working with Sigil

I know you're excited to paste your already-formatted document in MS Word. I would probably disappoint you because we won't copy the formatting from MS Word. Believe me, there is a benefit of doing that. I will discuss it in this video.


OK. Here's an easier way to create new pages based on the text you copied from MS Word.

Here's the shortcut: CTRL+ENTER. Probably CMD+RETURN on Mac?

Renaming the HTML files
Creating Table of Contents
Adding Internal and External Links
Adding Images
Section 5: Let's Make Beautiful ePubs - Using CSS and Images
Creating and Linking Stylesheets.
Adding Margins and Text-Indent
Adding Paragraph a Text-Justify Alignment
Padding - Adding space between paragraphs
Section 6: More Stuff you can DO
Creating a Well-Designed TOC

So you want to rise above the competition? Here's one way to do it - embed a lovely font! I'm pretty sure most of the self-published authors and publishers don't know how to do it. Other tools and applications doesn't allow you to do it. But here in Sigil, I will teach you to EASILY do it!


Most self-publishing platforms like Amazon KDP allows you to upload a cover for your ebook separately. This cover is added automatically as your book cover. Most of the time this is displayed in the sales page of Amazon. But when people are buying these ebooks, the cover isn't showing automatically. Well, we can add our own interior cover so it will be like part of the book itself. This is optional but it's a good addition to make our epubs looking like a pro!


So we want to replace our Title page by an image. The problem is, we don't want to remove it because we are going to use it in our TOC. Well, here's a solution for you, hide that text so the TOC generator would still be able to detect it and display it!

Adding Image Headings and Quotes

You think this is only possible in paperback? You're MS Word can create one but it seems messing up after uploading it in KDP? No problemo. I'll teach you how to create a dropcap correctly.

Adding a Publishing logo
Section 7: Reporting Feature

This section will give you a summary about your epub - from the word count to the file sizes of any files (images, html, css) you have included in your epub. This is a powerful feature!

Section 8: Let's Fix some Errors!
Easy Fix for Common Errors
Copying content within Sigil and another Sigil file
My Best Strategies in Fixing Errors in Sigil
Section 9: Some Extra Stuff You'll find Helpful
Setting up a start page location
10 - Extracting Individual files
10.1 Extracting the Whole Epub

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Instructor Biography

Richie Salvador, Freelance IT support analyst and Top Kindle Publisher


I have been working with large US-based companies as Technical Support for the past 5 years, I developed a customer-oriented skills that helps businesses provide a better customer experience.

I have been involved in Zendesk setup and customization, integration and building documentation and knowledge-based articles.

I also worked as a software tester and wesite QA. I have been working with various project management and development tools such as Attlassian-Jira, Basecamp, Zoho Projects, Asana and various Software Testing tools. Using these SaaS tools, I was able to work independently and increase my productivity.

Now I am ready to go for a next level success with Kindle Publishing which I do on the side. It has never been this easy. This business can run on auto pilot once you already have a system setup.

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