Making an ebook app just got easier

Over the past couple days I've been playing with Laker, a new ebook framework. This is a collection of of bits and peices of HTML5 that gives you a number of shortcuts in designing your own ebook app.

It's based on a number of other projects, including  Baker ebook Framework the Less CSS Framework, and it's coded in HTML5 (needed for the really cool effects). If you're into ebook development then you might want to look into the Less framework; this is the first I've heard of it and it's rather fascinating.

The Laker Framework is the work of Florian Franke, and it's a significant improvement on Baker. It has most of the navigation that Baker lacked built in,and it's set up to enable a fair amount of the formatting found in the Wired app I reviewed last week including sidebars, embedded audio and video, and action buttons.

You can't use it to copy the Wired app, no. But that's a good thing. There's enough here that you can use it to provide a custom look without copying any specific style.

Check it out.

 

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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."

12 Comments on Making an ebook app just got easier

  1. Looks nice. I was aware of Baker.. but this looks a lot better.

  2. It frakin says I need A Mac and xCode.

    • If you want to make an app, yes. But if you just want to play with it a little, you can open up the book folder and try the html files in your browser.

      • Now you tell me. I want to make an app on a PC. Guess I will have to wait on that one.

        In any case, I am satisfied making EPUBs for now using ATLANTIS WORD PROCESSOR and SIGIL.

      • Right now I’m very, very bitter because I can’t upload my EPUBs to iBooks without a Mac. And I don’t have one.

        So best I not even go here.

        I’m bitter.

        Did I say I was bitter?

        I’m bitter.

        • I’ve been there.

          Bitter didn’t get my book in the iBookstore though, so I finally decided to pick up a copy of OS X and install it in a virtual machine on my PC.

          Cost me $30 for the OS X DVD, and a couple hours to get set up and figure out what I was doing. Then I subbed to Apple and had my book accepted soon after.

          Felt ridiculous resorting to such shenanigans to get in, but I’ve made back that $30 many times over since then. And I don’t have to share my book’s earnings with Smashwords, Lulu or any other party besides Apple.

  3. The only thing with these kind of frameworks is that you’ll still need to hire a programmer to create a container for your issues unless you plan on doing what Esquire does an publish each issue as a separate app which I absolutely HATE.

    I priced around for programmers to do just such a task for Baker and it was quite expensive.

    • Hello Tablazines!

      I’m one of the developers of Baker. We are surely thinking of implementing a feature like that, but our resources are still limited (as you’ve seen by the prices you got around to add that one) and so I can’t tell you when we’ll start coding that feature.

      But that said, we also use the community feedback to prioritize upcoming features, so I can suggest to you and everyone else to give your opinion on our community page in order to help us to understand what’s needed more 🙂

      https://github.com/simbul/baker/issues

      • Thanks for the response. It’s always good to see how really involved you guys are with this project to take the time to respond.

        Makes me feel better when the time comes to utilize this that I’ve made the right choice.

      • Hello there,my nam’s abdou and i’m an IT student, and i want to make a book reader web app as a part of my graduation project…
        technically it’s a”one book reader”,i want it to read one specific book,with audio ,and translation for selected words,and search and a couple of other options,the problem is i don’t know where to start,what tools do i have to use ,and what skills do i have to learn,ebook makers are too limited for my needs,so they are not an option ,i know html5/CSS3;and i just started learning flash,but i don’t know if it’s the best way,or how much time it will take me to be able to build my own book reader in flash,if you can please tell me where to start,it would be great thanks!

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