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20. desember 2016

How to make an ebook – for dummies

Ok, this will be the simple version: Write you text in Google docs, then export to epub.

This will only give you text and images, but it can not possibly become any easier.

Google doc to the left. The epub-file, shown in iBooks, to the right.
The question soon becomes. Why should I make an ebook? That is a really good question, and a little hard to answer. Most people who think they should make an ebook will be much better off with a webpage, e.g. using or similar simple and efficient publishing tools.

You may need an ebook if your users will be offline, or if you are trying to set yourself up with a business selling copies of you text.

The "google docs"-approach works fine for simple texts with a floating layout. Floating is nice. You will not want fixed layouts unless it is for very specific purposes. However, you will need to be able to include sound and video. Again, you are probably looking for a webpage, but if you really want to make an ebook, you can take your epub-file (exported from google docs) into an editor, like iBook Author.

You can not open an epub-file directly into iBook Author – select "import epub" from the file-menu. You will probably experience that you have to shuffle the images around a bit, but that is what an editor is for.

IBook Author
The we come to the part where you will add a video. Once again you will meet one of the limitations, this time it is about the file size of videos. Every video adds to the size of your book, unless you link to it online. But then you have to be online anyway, and the point of making an ebook vanishes. So, we want to include a video. 

You can convert videos using various software. Mpeg Streamclip is a good, free tool that gives you the ability to tweak different parameters. However, the easiest way is to upload your video to YouTube and then download it as a MP4-file:

Insert the video, and iBook Author use some time to optimise the video:

Then the final touch is to export the file as an ebook, with the included video ....

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