Anyone working with EPUB as an output target?
Discussion started by Stephanie Lindsay , on 28 June 02:47 PM

Hi Folks,

I'm getting customer requests to provide documentation in EPUB format, from those who don't like PDFs on their readers.

Historically our authors write in Word, and I format and publish from Word to PDF via Adobe Acrobat Pro.  I started using Flare a few years ago for WebHelp files, and I will be expanding its use in the near future. However, I need EPUB as a target, which isn't supported directly by Flare at this time. 

I have not worked with EPUB before. Does anyone have experiences to share in creating that format? What tools are you using?

Thanks in advance,

-Steph

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John Sgammato
There was just an interesting thread on the Framers email list about this. Jeremy Griffith of Omni Systems posted a working general strategy for FrameMaker users, but the principle may work for Word users as well:
1. Generate HTML output as individual pages for each topic,
2. ZIP them, then
3. import the ZIP file into Calibre.
4. Convert to .mobi for Kindle and ePUB for others.
I did it and it worked very well for me, good enough to ship to customers.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:50
 
Dr. Gloria A. Reece
Hi Stephanie,

If your source format is word, you can join me at Lulu and upload your file to the publishing system (a variety of book styles to choose from--one area is designated for ebooks), and then convert directly to ePub. Lulu now offers revenue sharing among authors.

--drglo
Sunday, 16 October 2011 15:17
 
Stephanie Lindsay
Hi Neil,

Thanks for the quick input! RoboHelp isn't an option, but I will check out that book right away.

-Steph
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 17:13
 
Neil Perlin
Hi Stephanie,

Two tech comm-based suggestions...

- If you have access to RoboHelp 8 or 9, preferably 9, you can convert a project to ePub output.

- If you don't, take a look at a book called ePub Straight to the Point by Elizabeth Castro, from PeachPit Press, for a good, quick, but nicely detailed overview of the files and codes.

Regards,
Neil Perlin
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 15:07