Introduction

With the announcement on January 27, 2010, of Apple’s iPad, and its support for the EPUB format, the world of electronic books, or ebooks for short, took a quantum leap into the future. According to IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), ebook sales in the U.S. in January and February of 2010 were $60.8 million, $5 million more than the entire fourth quarter of 2009 ($55 million). The iPad is not responsible for all of the excitement, but it sure isn’t hurting things.

This book is for people who want to create their own EPUBs, and publish them for the iPad in particular, but also on other ereaders, like the Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and desktop ereaders like Ibis and Stanza.

In this chapter we’ll talk about:

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