How to Make an eBook Anyone Can Read

There's an interesting post by AJ McDonald over on the Lulu blog. He gives a thorough explanation of  how to create an Epub from scratch. All of the information is correct, and his post is easy to understand. You should go read his post if you want to learn the basic technical details of the Epub format.

But if you want to make an Epub then I wouldn't follow his instructions. His method is far too complicated, and requires far too much work. Instead, I would download calibre and do the following:

  1. drag the DOC/HTML/PDF into calibre
  2. tell calibre to convert the file to Epub
  3. set the metadata, and add the cover image

About Nate Hoffelder (11591 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on How to Make an eBook Anyone Can Read

  1. Though Calibre is a good tool for ePub creation, Sigil is another great tool for creating ePub files, and it results in fully compliant ePub files as well.

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