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Advanced eBooks: Fixed Layout eBooks from InDesign

Prerequisites: Success in this course depends on students having this knowledge before beginning this class.

Prior experience working with Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or a similar image editor is strongly encouraged.Students should have already taken eBook Creation and Publishing and InDesign Advanced or be able to complete the tasks described in those course descriptions.
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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: eBook Design & Production, eLearning & mLearning, eLearning / mLearning / Courseware, ePublishing & Digital Publishing, InDesign, Mobile Design, Writing & Editorial

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Picture books. Full-page image children’s books. Fixed lay­out ebooks. These are all the same type of ebook (see exam­ples below), and their impact in the mar­ket is phe­nom­e­nal. Apple’s iBookStore sells fixed lay­out ebooks like hot­cakes; read­ers can’t get enough. Most peo­ple, how­ev­er, are com­plete­ly mys­ti­fied about the tech­niques of their cre­ation. This course will solve that, tak­ing you hands-on through the cre­ation of fixed lay­out ebooks for sale in the iBookStore (and, in the near future, oth­er ebook sell­ers’ stores and devices). You will learn the process and tech­niques of cre­at­ing ful­ly illus­trat­ed (full-page image) pic­ture books and children’s books using indus­try stan­dard desk­top lay­out soft­ware Adobe InDesign. We’ll also use Photoshop to pre­pare images for pub­li­ca­tion.

The fol­low­ing are exam­ples of fixed lay­out ebooks. By the end of this course you will be able to make ful­ly illus­trat­ed ebooks just like these.

Image cred­its: Image 1 from the ebook Plug & the Paddywhacks by Scholar & Saint. Images 2, 3, and 4 from the book The Secret Museum of Mankind, design by Pariah Burke. Image 4 from The Cat in the Hat ebook by Oceanhouse Media.