exPRESS: a Print to e-Book Workflow

Designer Eisler, originally uploaded by Folded Word.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be documenting our process of converting a highly formatted literary book from print to .epub to .mobi in one smooth workflow. Why? Because we don’t want our weeks of headbanging to be repeated needlessly by our fellow indie publishers.

Our method generates most line, stanza, and page breaks in predictable locations that you (for the most part) will be able to control. You will also not be at the whim of the built in presets of whatever e-reader your audience decides to use. Not sure why you need to bother? Try downloading some free e-books that include poetry and you’ll see the mess we’re trying to avoid.

Before we jump into the tech-speak, we thought we’d show you
a set of photos on Flickr to demonstrate the finished product that’s possible. Next week we’ll begin the actual how-to, using Mel Bosworth’s When the Cats Razzed the Chickens as an example. It has yet to go through the .epub conversion process, so you’ll get to walk through it with us. We’ll even provide practice files if you’re a hands-on learner.

Please let us know if you would like to be emailed as soon as each tutorial session posts. We’d also be happy to set up a discussion/support site if there’s enough interest. Simply email J.S. at editors [at] foldedword [dot] com with the subject line of “exPRESS.”

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    Wow, this looks fascinating and useful. Looking forward to reading the series.
    beth@shimmerzine.com

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  2. grayestone says:

    Thanks! Will definitely want feedback on whether the units address too much or too little at a time.

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  3. Karyn says:

    Those words look familiar! So nice to see them here 🙂

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  4. Jessie carty says:

    I definitely know some other indies who will be very excited to learn about this! Including my non fiction editor who might be doing some e versions of Referential best of!! Great work J2 🙂

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  5. Bryan Borland says:

    Yup – I’m very interested! Thanks Jessie for alerting me to this!

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