Ebooks 101 for editors

Posted on: 31 March 2014

Saturday 31 May 2014, 9.30 AM to approx. 4.30 PM

Workshop presented by Sarah JH Fletcher

SA Writers Centre
187 Rundle Street

Do you want to start learning about ebooks, but don’t know where to begin? This is the course for you. Through a mixture of demonstration, presentation and small-group discussion, you will explore key editorial questions about ebooks:

  • What is an ebook?
  • What is the role of the editor in ebook publishing?
  • How are books created?
  • How do you assess the quality of an ebook?
  • How are errors in ebooks corrected?
  • How can editors best work with technical staff and outside suppliers?
  • What are some of the big-picture issues affecting ebook publishing?
  • What's next?

 After the course, you will be given access to an ebook and some optional hands-on correction exercises to try using free software.

Content note

This is a beginner-level course, designed for editorial staff with little (or no) experience with ebooks or code.  

This course focuses on the most popular ebook type: reflowable and text-focused. We will mention illustrated and fixed-format ebooks, but not discuss them in depth.

About the presenter

Sarah JH Fletcher began her editorial career inhouse at trade publishers before establishing herself in the rockstar freelance lifestyle. A longtime consumer of digital publishing, Sarah brings her editorial perspective to the development and testing of quality ebooks.

Workshop outline (sessions of 1.25 hours with refreshment breaks in-between)

Session 1: Definition of terms; devices and ebook markets; the role of the editor.       
Morning tea
Session 2: Ebook creation; workflows.
Session 3: Quality assurance and ebook correction; metadata.
Afternoon tea
Session 4: Working with technical staff and outside suppliers; digital publishing issues; what’s next.

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The coordinator will aim for no more than 20 attendees at her workshop.

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