ePubble is my consolidation of two related websites: Webbish Books and ePub Bliss.
Webbish Books focused on articles about eBooks, eBook Readers, Kindle book formatting, and resources for authors. Webbish Books also offered eBook services for authors in a quiet way on the Contact page without overt promotion. If you’d rather not do it yourself, request a quote using our Contact form.
ePub Bliss contained a simple tutorial for creating ePub files from Word documents. The steps involved were posted individually over a (too long) period of time. I am a web designer/developer who has slid gradually into eBook conversions because the Kindle and ePub formats are really just very long web pages, written in HTML or XHTML. The lure of learning to do it right was irresistible.
I’ve been a web designer and developer since 1996, starting with a website for Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville, where I was a public services librarian responsible for the federal and state depository documents collections from 1988 to 2000, and established the library web site. In May, 2000, I moved to Reno, Nevada, where I served as Web Development Librarian until the end of June 2008. I had the privilege of working on a lot of websites with many talented contributors. After I “retired,” I rediscovered the pleasures of working on my own projects, learned more about WordPress and open source tools (versus Microsoft enterprise applications), and I found myself happily engaged in web work again.
About this site
Many authors and eBook conversion services advocate creating Kindle books directly from Word or from a Word to HTML conversion. I do not. It takes some background knowledge and discipline to resist going down that road. If you know HTML, and are willing to invest some time in the process for better results, this web site is for you. If you don’t have the patience for that approach, you may find yourself in need of someone who can convert your book for you. That might be me, or one of the many professional conversion services available.
I hope that you will be inspired by at least a few of the tips on this site. I can’t give away all my trade secrets, but I am willing to share a good bit of them with others who want to learn more. The process is not tremendously complex, but there is a short learning curve with my ePub editor of choice, Sigil, and a higher learning curve for learning regular expressions. Regexes are handy for cleaning up Word files, but the same thing can be done with more effort, using search and replace in a good text or HTML editor.
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