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.
Sigil is a free, open source program that lets you create and format ePub documents, like eBooks. Working files within Sigil are automatically saved as reflowable EPUB 2.0.
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.
Bring the following with you to the Inspiration Lab to start working on your eBook project:
✔ A digital copy of your manuscript that has been edited and basic formatting applied (.doc, .docx, .html, .rtf).
✔ Portable storage device to save your working files (USB, Portable Hard Drive).
✔ Backup copy of any website links.
✔ Photographs, illustrations, other graphics (.jpg, .png).
✔ Cover artwork (.jpg, .png), this can also be created using Adobe InDesign CC or Photoshop CC.
✔ Video and audio files (Interactive PDF or Fixed layout EPUB 3.0 only).
You can think of creating your eBook with the following formula in mind:
Document + Formatting software + EPUB conversion software = eBook
When deciding what software to use for your project, consider the following points:
Tech Skills: Basic
Format: Reflowable EPUB 2.0
Tech Skills: Basic to Intermediate
Format: Reflowable EPUB 2.0
Tech Skills: Advanced
Formats: Fixed Layout EPUB 3.0 or Interactive PDF
Reflowable EPUB vs. Fixed Layout EPUB3
Although the majority of eBooks are reflowable, the newer EPUB 3.0 format allows for books with fixed layouts, similar to PDFs. There are many different file formats for eBooks, but the two file types held as standard are PDF and EPUB. Each of these file formats have their own advantages and limitations, and are things to keep in mind when starting your project. Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 supports the new EPUB 3.0 format and is installed on the Inspiration Lab computers. It is also free to download and install for home use.
For a detailed listing of the many different kinds of eBook formats, see the Wikipedia comparison of file formats.
|Reflowable (EPUB 2.0.)||Fixed Layout (EPUB 3.0.)||Fixed Layout (Interactive PDF)|