Electric Book Works has from time to time designed training courses for publishing teams. Most of our notes are published on our Knowledge Base. We use this site to publish notes for some courses using the EBW Book Framework.
Designing for Digital is a short book, originally created as notes for a practical course on ebook-friendly book production. You can get the PDF version from our Knowledge Base.
This short book is for designers, editors and production managers in book-publishing companies. Most publishers are looking to use their content in ebooks or on websites, and this practical introduction helps production teams understand how to work in ebook-friendly ways, even when their books are destined for print.
Starting out with HTML and CSS is a practical introduction to the building blocks of all websites and ebooks. You’ll learn how to write basic HTML and make it look great with CSS stylesheets, even if you’ve never seen computer code before. Whether you work in writing, editing, publishing or sales, knowing the basics of HTML and CSS will open up a whole new world.
This material is included in condensed form in Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS.
This course is for editors and designers who work in InDesign and need to set up documents for reliable export to epub. It is included in condensed form in Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS.
Making ebooks with Sigil, HTML and CSS is an in-depth, practical crash course in ebook production, ideal for editorial and production staff familiar with InDesign. The aim is to provide your organisation with in-house technical expertise for quality assurance and production-process decisions. We teach basic HTML and CSS (stylesheets) to enable participants to create, evaluate and fix basic epubs, and to know how to tackle problems when they arise. Participants work mostly in Sigil and a little InDesign, learning how best to edit content and control layout.
This course includes condensed versions of Starting out with HTML and CSS and InDesign best practice for print and ebooks.
Participants must be regular ebook users themselves, so that they are already familiar with the products they are learning to create.
Digital Decisions is a closely facilitated workshop for middle and senior managers. We cover a range of nitty gritty issues, including:
The workshop can be held over one or two days, depending how much time you can devote to these issues, and how much depth you need your team to get into. Over one day, the workshop is a useful introduction to the many issues your team has to consider when making digital decisions.
Over two days, the workshop can serve as a strategy session, getting everyone on the same page. For the two-day version, we include a second facilitator to keep notes of key discussions and decisions and write up a report for you of key decisions, issues for further investigation and action points from the workshop.
Developing books for the digital age is a closely facilitated, one-day workshop for your in-house authors and commissioning editors on planning and compiling books that will become both print and digital products. We guide participants through a range of key issues, encouraging them to develop their ideas for developing a next generation of an existing series. This lets us build on existing material, while re-thinking the way that that material might be recast for digital use. It also lets participants think about both frontlist plans and what could be done with backlist titles.
For teams new to digital concepts, our process includes:
Print-oriented sales and marketing teams can struggle with digital products: hardware, software, competition and customer needs are different. Even when you’re training teams in-house already, an outside perspective helps teams appreciate the new, broader ecosystem they’re now part of. Our short kick-off workshops for sales teams aim to boost their confidence and identify deeper training needs. In a two-hour session, we cover two areas: