Creating a Successful eBook (PePcon 2011)

By Ron Bilodeau
May 24, 2011

After my presentation on "Creating a Successful eBook" at PePcon, I got lots of requests for the GREP expressions that I used to clean up my ePub files, so here they are:

(Note: GREP expressions may need to be tweaked slightly depending what program is running them. These are optimized for use in Oxygen)

Some of the expressions were not displaying properly on this page, so I decided to save them as a text file that you can download.
Click here to download the text file.

I have also included an updated version of my PDF handout for this session that you can grab here.

And if you are interested in checking out my updated presentation on Setting up your InDesign files for ePub export (updated for CS5.5), you can grab that PDF here.





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