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.epub Simplified

Zipped Website Container/Organizer for the eReader

If the book you are writing were a web site, it would have parts like:

  • Words
  • Pictures
  • Fonts
  • Links

So ..., "yourbook.epub" could be opened in an Apple iPad, for instance, as a book container with all those parts inside (and maybe more).

Storyist Software REVIEW and DISCOUNT

Initial Review:

Professional .epub Authoring

Imagine a world where authoring your book was fully supported in an all-in-one writer friendly software program. Forget everyday word processors and text editors that sit there and stare back at you during writer's block episodes.

Enter Storyist

At its core, Storyist Software is tailored for the professional novelist, screenwriter, and stage-play author by opening the program with industry standard templates for each. The creator of Storyist takes great care to explain the industry standards conventions for the print novel and scriptwriting industry.

Story Development Tools

  • Corkboard with support for photos and index cards.
  • Collage view to visualize the relationships between your story elements.
  • Flexible, color-coding outliner.
  • Customizable plot, character, and setting sheets
  • Goal Targeting

Storyist Creating ePub for iPad Video

Import Formats

  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)—Storyist can import text, formatting information, headers, footers, and style sheets. Use this format if possible.
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)—Storyist can import text and formatting information.
  • HTML (.html)—Storyist can import text and formatting information.
  • Text Only (.txt)—Storyist can import text information.
  • Final Draft Converter Format (.fcf)—This format is used by Final Draft®, a screenplay formatter published by Final Draft, Inc. Storyist can import text and screenplay element information.
  • Final Draft XML Format (.fdx)—This format is the default file format for Final Draft version 8. Storyist can import script text, script notes, a screenplay element information

On Leopard, Storyist can import the following additional formats:

  • Microsoft Word (.docx)—Storyist can import text and formatting information.
  • Open Document Text (.odt)—Storyist can import text and formatting information.

EZEPUB Template

Here's a Customized Storyist Template specifically for the iPad iBooks.app.  EZEPUB Storyist Template DOWNLOAD  NOTE: That this Custom Template uses some of the standard fonts that the iBooks.app currently supports. Once downloaded, open the template in Storyist and immediately do a "Save As Template..." to have Storyist place it in its Templates folder.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Macintosh computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4
  • 500MHz or faster processor
  • 20MB of available disk space
  • 512MB of RAM (1G recommended)
  • 32MB of video RAM

Notes of interest:

  • Inline graphics should have names without spaces for Snow Leopard users, meaning that drag-and-drop is preferred to pasting in place from a clipboard. It seems that Snow Leopard generates a file name that has a space for pasted from clipboard graphics, resulting in .epub exports with broken graphic placement code. Developers are working on it as we speak.
  • The current Storyist version uses the font Courier (think IBM Selectric typewriter) for the built-in templates. This font is a mainstay of the print publishing and script authoring industries; in other words, this is the font you want to use for those industry submission tasks. The Export option does not embed fonts in the resulting .epub file, so you can write in whatever font you like.

Feedback request:

We request that authors who have any issues with publishing submissions using Storyist to take screen shots of any errors they get and contact us to help pass that info along.

Discount Coupon Code

Use the Discount Code: EZEPUB to get 25% off now through 9-15-2010.

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Every quality word processor should have an 'Export' or 'Save As' feature for the .epub file extension and structure.

Apple's iWork Pages software is ideally suited to this export feature evolution because it already works well with the XML code that .epub uses.

MS-Word has an excuse for being slow to adopt the Export as EPUB feature because of their .docx court case setback.

More in the future ...