How to design and publish your first ebook
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How to design and publish your first ebook

Professional digital publishing on an indie budget!
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Created by Anthony Coe
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 29 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Design and publish an ebook according to industry standards
  • What software you need to create an ebook.
  • Design an effective ebook cover
  • How to copyright your ebook
  • How to determine a competitive price for your ebook
  • Know the difference between .epub, .pdf and .mobi and when and where they are used.
  • What is an ISBN and the myth behind the eISBN
  • How to obtain an ISBN for your ebook
  • How to apply for a Library of Congress Number
  • How to distribute your ebook across multiple channels
  • How to license and maintain control over your ebook
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Requirements
  • This is an absolute beginners course
  • Basic computer skills
  • How to navigate the Internet
  • How to download and install programs
  • A basic working knowledge of HTML and CSS helpful, but not required. I will show you the basic coding you will need.
Description

By the end of this course you will be able to take an existing completed manuscript and transform it into a fully validated ePub 3.0.1 digital publication. You will also know how to get your eBook published on the international market place. This course was designed for the absolute beginner. I will walk you through step by step on how to format your manuscript using HTML5, CSS3, legally free open source and commercial software.

Master the technical skill sets of publishing an Industry Standard Validated ePub 3.0.1 digital publication.

What you will know by the end of this course:

  • What is an ePub & how is an ePub different from a .pdf file.
  • You will know why you should only publish in ePub format and when you should consider publishing in another format (such as mobi or kobo).
  • What software do you need?
  • Where to find legally free and open source software for eBook creation.
  • Where to obtain legal photo, images and videos for your eBook.
  • How to prepare your document.
  • How to use HTML5 and CSS3 to format your eBook (No prior programming skills required).
  • What is an ISBN and how to obtain one?
  • You will know how to read a valid ISBN.
  • You will be dispelled about the myth of the e-ISBN.
  • How to obtain a Library of Congress Number and how to get listed with the British Book Depository.
  • You will know how to set pricing for your digital publication and why pricing is very important.
  • You will learn about copyrights.
  • You will learn how to license your publication and how to protect your rights as an author and publisher.
  • You will know how to create a professional book cover.
  • You will know how to validate your digital publication to meet current industry standards.
  • You will know how to distribute your digital publication worldwide.
  • You will know how to select the correct distribution channel for you as a publisher or as an indie author.

This is a self-paced detailed course designed to allow you the time needed to become proficient at each new skill set introduced. By the end of this course you will have complete control over the outcome of your digital publication. You will know how to protect your rights as an indie author and publisher.

Who is the target audience?
  • Fictional, nonfictional, technical, article, poetry and any serious writer
  • Published or never published
  • The entrepreneur who wants to provide an eBook conversion service
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Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
08:03:42
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Welcome
1 Lecture 05:04

Here I introduce myself and welcome you to the course. We will go over what to expect and what you will know when you complete this course.

Preview 05:04
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What is an ebook?
3 Lectures 16:29

Should you publish a digital publication, a traditional print publication or both?

Preview 07:00

We will go over what makes up an .epub container.

What is an .epub?
05:02

When to publish in .pdf format and when to publish in .epub format.

Epub verses PDF
04:27
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Setting up your system
2 Lectures 20:40

You will learn which graphic design programs you can use to create ebook covers and edit photos and images. You will also learn where to find free opens source graphic design programs.

Which graphic design programs can you use to create ebook covers and edit photos
11:22

You receive an overview on the free open source .epub creation application. This is the program I will be using through out this course.

Sigil layout
09:18
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Preparing your manuscript
7 Lectures 01:11:09

Sample public domain content used throughout the course. This content falls under the public domain so you are free to use it without restrictions.

Sample Content
00:11

How to remove unneeded formatting from your manuscript.

How to prepare your manuscript
14:00

We will go over the basic HTML5 tags every page of your .epub publication must have.

Basic HTML5 Layout
00:25

Basic HTML5 tags you will use the most

Basic HTML5 tags part 01
06:59

Basic HTML5 tags part 02
13:22

Basic HTML5 tags part 03
16:19

We will learn what is CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)

Why do we use CSS

How to create a CSS style sheet

How to connect a CSS style sheet to every page of your .epub publication

Defining your first Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)
19:52

Test your understanding of what goes into a basic html webpage

Basic webpage design
6 questions
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How to use Sigil
4 Lectures 29:30
Let's get started
02:50

Inserting text into Sigil
05:01

We will use HTML5 tags and CSS to format our chapters.

How to break up and format paragraphs part 01
10:38

How to break up and format paragraphs part 02
11:01

Test your basic knowledge on how to format text and paragraphs in Sigil.

Formatting Text in Sigil
5 questions
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Advanced CSS definition formating
4 Lectures 38:47
Reuse of Classes (portability)
04:25


I will explain what are web fonts. How to use web fonts with minimum formatting using css.I will also show you where to get web fonts which you can legally use in your publication.

How to use web fonts part 01
14:41

In this section I will show you how to use web fonts to create a drop cap. Also I will show you how easy it is to effect your entire ebook using css and web fonts.

How to use web fonts part 02
12:35
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Adding audio, videos and images to your ebook
4 Lectures 54:54

Inserting videos and audio can be tricky. We will go over how to insert them into your .epub publication.

Inserting audio files
11:00

Inserting video files
10:59

One of the main problems with digital publishing is control over how and where your images appear. I will show you how to use HTML5 and css to control how your image is displayed through out your .epub publication.

Inserting images - Part 01
16:54

Inserting images - Part 02
16:01
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Design a winning Book Cover
8 Lectures 01:21:47

Pulling images off the Internet to place in your book or place on your book cover can cause serious problems for you.

This section will show you how to find low cost and sometimes free images you can legally use.

Where to find licensed cover art?
15:39

We will review both open source and commercial software you can use to create your book cover.

Preview 07:22

I will explain what is Book Cover Pro and why I use it.

Using Book Cover Pro to create a book cover
13:56

We will go over what elements make an effective book cove.

Using Gimp to create an eBook cover part 01
08:53

Using Gimp to create an eBook cover part 02
10:53

Using Gimp to create an eBook cover part 03
13:08

We will discuss naming conventions and where to insert the cover to your .epub

How to add your cover to your .epub
04:21

Overview of ePub HTML & CSS formatting
07:35

Test your knowledge on how to design an eBook Cover

Creating an eBook Cover
5 questions
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Copyrights, trademarks, ISBN, ISSN, LCN and registering to sell in Europe.
6 Lectures 50:52

We will discuss what an ISBN is, and how to read an ISBN-10, an ISBN-13 and EAN.

What is an ISBN? Do I need an ISBN?
17:09

This is most likely the most important and valuable chapter in this entire course. It will ensure that you maintain complete control and ownership over your publication.

Preview 14:19

We will discuss what an ISSN is and when you will need one. We will also go over how to obtain one.

What is an ISSN and do I need one?
06:06

We will discuss the qualifications for applying for a LCN and how to qualify as a self publisher.

Preview 03:52

We will discuss how to copyright your .epub.

Preview 05:24

You will learn what goes on a copyright page. How to format a copyright page. How and where to place your copyright page in your .epub publication.

Setting up your copyright page
04:02

test your knowledge concerning ISBN

ISBN
4 questions
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Final touches to your eBook
4 Lectures 33:14
Add meta data to your eBook.
09:40

Create a table of content.
02:02

There are many ways to distribute your .epub. We will explore some distribution options. I will also show you how to discover additional distribution channels on your own.

How to choose the correct Distribution Channel(s)
12:40

How to read an XML and an .opf file
08:52
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About the Instructor
Anthony Coe
4.5 Average rating
1 Review
6 Students
1 Course
Graphic Designer, Web Designer

I have a Bachelors Degree in Communication. I'm a published author of both traditional print and digital publications. I'm a programmer, graphic designer, web developer and project manager. 

I produced, and directed the SpeakEasy Cabaret show. A musical recreation of the occupied France and Roaring 20's era. I've also worked as a club promoter.