Brief Self Publishing Process
EPUB Creation in SigilFormatting in SigilFinalizing an eBook in Sigil
Creating an InDesign DocumentImporting Text and ImagesFormatting in InDesignSaving your FilesExporting to EPUB and PDFCreate an Ebook Cover
Self Publishing Resources
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Inspiration Lab - Self Publishing in eBook Format   Tags: ebooks, inspiration_lab, self_publishing  

Learn to self-publish eBooks using one of three digital tools--from basic to advanced--available in VPL's Inspiration Lab.
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Inspiration Lab


Saving Your Work While in the Inspiration Lab

See our project checklist for information on what to bring with you to work on your eBook project. An edited copy of your manuscript, and a way of taking your working files with you are two essentials. Bring a USB Drive or have a Cloud Storage account that you can save to.

More information on saving files: Aspose.Words Express, Sigil and InDesign CC.

See also the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.

When working in the Inspiration Lab, it is important to give yourself enough time to save your work and exit the workstation 10 minutes before your booked time ends. Lab staff need time to prepare the space for the next booking.


Wiping your Data When Done

Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.

After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.

To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".


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, sound 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 has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

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

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.



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