An ePub Tutorial

Introduction

This is a step-by-step tutorial, with example, of making a standards-compliant ePub book by hand.

We’ll be using the public domain (in both illustrations and text) book The Velveteen Rabbit. It has the following good qualifications as a tutorial example:

  • Small.
  • Exists in HTML form in the public domain.
  • Tiny table of contents, but a table of contents still exists.
  • Images.

At the moment, whenever I create a Mobipocket book for the Kindle, I start off with creating the ePub version, because things are a bit cleaner that way.

While there are existing ePub tutorials out there, they’re usually not thorough enough to avoid a lot of *headdesk* moments. Currently the best by far is Harrison Ainsworth’s Epub Format Construction Guide, which is referred to by this tutorial from time to time.

If you want to follow along, here’s the final ePub of this process: the_velveteen_rabbit.epub

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