Open Formats, Open Editors

E-books are currently quite a hot topic in the publishing world. Heck, for the past few months, it's been quite a hot topic here as well! Thankfully, digital publication doesn't have to mean proprietary formats and DRM-laden files.

If you want to delve into the world of e-book creation, you should check out Sigil. It's a cross-platform WYSIWYG tool for creating EPUB-format e-books. It supports images, table of contents, and all the other features that make e-books so powerful. If you have a book you want to convert into EPUB format, or if you just have a text file you'd like to add markup language to for e-readers, Sigil is a powerful tool you won't want to miss.

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Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.


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Not the Only Choice

CFWhitman's picture

There are Sigil packages for version 0.5.3 for various distros available. Some are official and some not, but they do exist. I doubt they will be the last versions. If anything I expect there to be more official packages available as time goes by.

The Sigil developers have probably just decided that it makes more sense for distro makers to create packages than for them to release general binaries for Linux.

Pity that Sigil seem to have

RhianG's picture

Pity that Sigil seem to have given up on Linux support, Linux users only choice for the last few releases is to build from source.

A better choice, perhaps is LibreOffice to create the masterpiece and then writer to epub plugin (writer2epub) to create the epub.

I would have thought that a better choice

MadTom's picture

now that everyone's not trying to kill javascript would be a javascript crawler to dynamically generate the indexing etc and your favourite html editor and a very small amount of active server page support.