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Chris Hayden Calculating status...
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Jul 3, 2010 6:41 AM
For those interested in writing ebooks for the iPad directly through the Apple iTunes contract: There is an article with a workaround workflow so that most of the formatting and inline graphics could be carried over into an .epub document.


The article describing the Pages-to-EPUB workaround workflow is in the "How to Articles" at http://ezepub.com . Other free Author and ePublisher resources are there as well.



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  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 7:27 AM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    Another possibility, which will work even better in iOS 4 (and not just for pages), is to simply print your document to a PDF file and transfer that to the iPad. Today, you can use various approaches to installing and reading the PDF on the iPad - email, GoodReader, various PDF-specific tools, etc. - and in iOS 4 the iBooks app will handle PDF files natively.
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 10:07 AM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    aren't yet able to submit the .pdf format for sale


    I would point out that Steve Jobs didn't say for sure that we will be. He never said "sell PDFs in the ibookstore" (although I devoutly hope that comes to pass), only "read PDF in ibooks".
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  • tasslehawf Calculating status...
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    Jun 21, 2010 1:55 PM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    This is so frustrating. We have three text books that are print-on-demand through Createspace. We have demand for ebooks but that means having convert A LOT of tables of data to images to make it work in the ePub format. And the PDF files (screen resolution) are under 4 mb.

    I really wish Apple would allow the sale of PDFs in it iBookstore.
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:05 PM (in response to tasslehawf)
    I really wish Apple would allow the sale of PDFs in it iBookstore.


    Use the feedback channels to tell them:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

    iBooks 1.1 will have pdf reading capability.
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:11 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    iBooks 1.1 will have pdf reading capability.



    It does right now.
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  • tasslehawf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:21 PM (in response to Barbara Brundage)
    I guess if we wanted to, we could sell them for download from another site to be read on iBooks. But it would be nice if Apple support them for sale..
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:55 PM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    The question was about reading pdfs. You can certainly read them, albeit in a limited way, since ibooks 1.1 is out. I wasn't addressing selling. I also wish this were available, but reading is better than nothing.
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 3:20 PM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    But are you saying that if you buy, say, a Take Control ebook , it won't work in ibooks? I haven't tried it myself, but I haven't heard anyone say that, only that the formatting gets shot to pieces for some pdf files that various authors/publishers have tried. Is there a restriction?

    (I would presume that if there's DRM on it, like an adobe editions ebook, it won't work, but there's plenty of sold content, including everything from my publisher, that doesn't have any.)
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Jun 21, 2010 5:12 PM (in response to Chris Hayden)
    I'm still confused. I was originally merely replying to Tom Gewecke's post saying that with the 1.1 update you could read PDF books. That is now, and that's what I said.

    I merely point out that just because you can't sell a pdf book in the bookstore, that doesn't mean you can't read one in ibooks. There are many, many publishers selling pdf books already through other outlets, and I'm not sure that the bookstore is some kind of panacea for getting the word out (it's not like the app store where you can't use it if it's not from there), so I guess I don't quite follow the idea that you HAVE to get your book into the bookstore to get sales for it. O'Reilly does okay without.

    Personally, I think that unless one is quite comfortable with XHTML and CSS, epub is really best suited for a novel at this point, or you should hire someone who knows what they're doing for production of a more complexly formatted book, if you aren't willing to dive in and learn all about divs and spans and all.

    If it were me, I would save an iteration of my book document with a name variation indicating that it were intended to end up as an epub. I would then open the copy and scroll through until I came to a table. I would then use the keyboard shortcut "shiftcontrol+command4" to give me crosshairs to take clipboard captures of my table, then set my blinking cursor inline with the text flow and paste the clipboard image (command+V), followed by deleting the active table. I might set the image in its own paragraph and center that.


    The biggest problem I see with this workflow is that it means your tables will be relegated to images and completely not searchable, which may or may not be a major issue.

    It is true that pdf doesn't scale well, but then so far I've not found anything much in the bookstore with heavy formatting that doesn't break pretty severely if the reader plays around with the font size–captions and headings moving to the next page and so on. So I guess it's six of one, half a dozen of the other at this point.
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