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Inspiration Lab - Self Publishing in eBook Format

Learn to self-publish eBooks using one of three digital tools--from basic to advanced--available in VPL's Inspiration Lab.

Self-Publishing Lab Software

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, recording studios, video editing and self-publishing software. 

The Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab has these tools installed on each workstation:

  • Aspose.Words Express
    Basic document conversion software that converts to reflowable EPUB 2.0
     
  • Sigil
    Basic/Intermediate formatting and conversion software. Working files are saved as reflowable EPUB 2.0
  • Adobe InDesign
    Advanced/Professional design software. Options to convert to fixed layout interactive PDF or EPUB 3.0.

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library to help you create and experiment with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours. However, the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library.

  • The recording studios can be booked for a maximum of three hours per day.
     
  • Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be booked up to three hours per day, but a Creation Station or Digitzation Station session may be extended at staff discretion if time is available and other library patrons are not waiting to use it.
     
  • Bookings of studios, Creation Stations, and Digitization Stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, Creation Stations, or Digitization Stations.