Buse, Jarret. EPUB From the Ground Up: A Hands-On Guide to EPUB 2 and EPUB 3. US: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2013.

EPUB From the Ground Up: A Hands-On Guide to EPUB 2 and EPUB 3


Published:  September 2013

eISBN: 9780071830539 0071830537 | ISBN: 9780071830522

Book description:


EPUB from the Ground Up shows you, step by step, how to develop state-of-the-art electronic publications with one of the most widely used standards in the industry. This practical guide walks you through the basics of HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript. No prior experience with markup languages or programming is needed!

You'll learn how to set up your EPUB file, select fonts, add images, and even incorporate audio, video, interactivity, and more features with EPUB 3. The book explains how to convert your file for use on various devices, including the Kindle. The most popular free software for EPUB creation, such as Sigil and Calibre, is also discussed. Detailed examples help you understand the concepts covered in this hands-on resource.

  • Learn how to use XML, HTML, and XHTML to code your EPUB file

  • Enhance the visual quality of your e-book with CSS

  • Change fonts and add colors and images

  • Create the table of contents and manage reading order using Navigation Center eXtended (NCX) and Open Packaging Format (OPF) files

  • Convert your EPUB file to Kindle and other formats

  • Discover how digital rights management (DRM) and signatures protect e-books and how to secure embedded fonts with font obfuscation

  • Learn to use EPUB 3 enhancements, including support for audio, video, and Flash files, Mathematics Markup Language (MathML), Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), and more

  • Create interactive e-books using JavaScript

All examples and source code in the book are available for download at

Jarret W. Buse is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He has been the coauthor of or a contributor to several books on certification topics. Jarret has years of experience working with e-books, including EPUB.