SfEP conference 13-15 September 2014. Proofreading e-books. Gareth Haman.

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Published on September 30, 2014

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Interested in proofreading e-books, but not sure what it entails? This slide deck provides an overall introduction to the topic. It includes the various formats of e-book you might encounter and where they;re used, suggestions as to the hardware and software you'll need to take on this work, and of course what clients may expect you to do when they ask you to proof e-books (and what you shouldn't be expected to do!). Proofreading content in this format is different to proofreading material in other formats; in what you should be looking for, how you'll have to work, and the various ways you may be asked to record what you find.

PROOFING EBOOKS Gareth Haman

WHAT WILL WE COVER? • Hardware and software you'll need • Files, formats and useful resources • What to look for and how this differs from 'regular' proofreading • What you shouldn't have to do... • Unless you want to offer extra services!

WHY DOES IT MATTER? The case of the Casual Vacancy… View slide

HARDWARE View slide

HARDWARE (VIEWING ON A NATIVE DEVICE) • Amazon Kindle range • Apple iBooks device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) • Kobo, Nook, Sony... • ...and of course (if you want to offer more services) a Mac or PC

DO I NEED THEM ALL? • No! (Phew!) • Best single option for hardware proofreading: iPad • Can use software tools to plug gaps: • KDP Previewer & others (Amazon's KDP tools page) • ebook format conversion software such as Calibre (calibre-ebook.com) • ...or book creation tools themselves • BUT ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR CLIENT!

SOFTWARE & FORMATS

MAIN FORMATS ARE: • EPUB (open standard) • IBA (iBooks Author) • AZW/KF8 (Amazon - same as Mobi, different DRM) • MOBI/PRC (open standard, but older and now less popular - PRC the same but with DRM) • PDF • TXT • HTML (EPUB and MOBI are basically HTML) • Wikipedia page on ebook formats is a great resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats

SOME POPULAR EBOOK CREATION TOOLS/SITES • KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing: kdp.amazon.com) • Smashwords (www.smashwords.com) • BookTango (http://www.booktango.com) • Kobo Writing Life (http://www.kobo.com/writinglife) • Blurb (www.blurb.co.uk) • iBooks Author (www.apple.com/uk/ibooks-author) • ...and about a million others!

SO WHY DO SO MANY SITES JUST ASK FOR MS WORD? • Simplicity, BUT… • This is simplicity for the author • …but this is where you come in (if you want to!)

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO LEARN? • Trial and error - cut & paste some text, convert it, see what you get from various sites • Good tips on creating EPUB files on: http://www.agentquery.com/how_to_create_e pub_file.aspx

GOING INTO MORE DEPTH • Many ebook formats are essentially self-contained websites • For real control, get hands-on with HTML • Some errors in 'meatgrinders' just won't go away - conversion is imperfect

ISSUES

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR? • Formatting is usually the biggest problem - in the original and in the end product(s) • Function also needs to be checked - hyperlinks • Remember, ebooks are dynamic - you need to check the same thing at different sizes • Tools have their own issues - the same source file can create different errors in different formats

STYLES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

DEMO TIME!

HOW DO I MARK IT UP? • Varies by client but can present its own issues - some ideas are: • Spreadsheet • PDF sticky notes/markup • Comments in Word file (if you have one) • Hardcopy as a last resort! • Use a two-screen setup • Remember: ebook are dynamic - page numbers are meaningless!

REMEMBER • The simpler the formatting, the more likely you’ll get a clean conversion - if in doubt, strip it out • Make notes by Chapter/subhead etc. - not page number as it’s meaningless for ebooks • Give it a go! People pay for expertise, so become an expert!

“Touchscreen e-readers will never catch on” –Bill Gates (1998)

THANKS!

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