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Incrementing numbers in NCX

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While the EPUB 3 is slowly taking over EPUB 2 in real-world development, backwards compatibility requires the inclusion of an NCX file inside an EPUB 3 so that older reading systems can still display the Table of Contents properly. Before we start, take a look at this sample NCX file from The Book of Texas,   …Continue Reading


Changes at eBook Architects

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Effective January 1, eBook Architects will be closing our Austin office as we transition away from eBook development services and re-focus on tools, teaching, and consulting work. Our core staff, myself included, will continue our work within the Firebrand organization, and FlightDeck, our ground-breaking EPUB testing and validation tool, will remain in active development. When   …Continue Reading


Low-budget eBook Development Tips

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eBook creation is complicated, but many publishers and authors have pretty small budgets set aside for their eBook development projects. While we always recommend that you plan your eBook development as part of the larger book creation budget, that is sometimes still not enough to pay for high-quality eBook creation. If you are stuck in   …Continue Reading


Why eBook Conversion is Complicated

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It is still surprising to many people that eBook development is a complicated process. The increase in the number of eBook creation tools over the last 3 years has led to many claims that eBook development is as easy (or should be as easy) as pressing a button. Despite these claims, nothing could be further   …Continue Reading


The Incrementor

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We use many open source tools in our day-to-day operations here at eBook Architects; tools like Gimp, Inkscape, Perl, and Python form integral parts of our process and allow us to keep our costs down. To say thanks, eBook Architects has been looking for ways to give back to the open source community, such as   …Continue Reading


KindleGen 2.5 update

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Sorry for the long hiatus… Things are really busy here at eBA! Just wanted to give my thoughts on the updates released in KindleGen 2.5 today. The release notes include more items, but these are the ones that are most important to me: Improved transparent PNG conversion: Transparent PNG images (now converted to JPEG) will   …Continue Reading


Backwards Compatible Poetry for KF8/Mobi

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One of the most enjoyable, and at times most frustrating, things about eBook development is learning new systems and formats when they are released. The new Kindle Format 8 (KF8) comes with some great changes to the design capabilities on the Kindle platform, but one of the main challenges in using it is creating Kindle   …Continue Reading