How to use this course

How to access this course

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The course is entirely web-based and designed to work with PCs, Macs and tablets like the iPad or Android devices. You can also access it from a smartphone.

You’ll need an internet connection, ideally with broadband for video segments. If you want to study while you’re away from the internet, you can print or save any page by using the Print or PDF button at the end of every article.


How to use the course (click headings to expand)

5 tips on how to get the most from the course

Just start at the beginning and work your way to the end by following NEXT>>.

Some quick tips to get more from this course:

  1. Have a project in mind. Relate the ideas presented here to a real project you’re planning or undertaking.
  2. Take it 15-30 minutes at a time. Don’t do too much at once. You’ll learn more if you take time to reflect on each module or topic before moving on to the next.
  3. Do the projects and exercises. We’ve included several projects and exercises. You can skip them if you like, but doing them will take you further in the long run.
  4. Take notes. Not because you’ll necessarily refer to them later, but because the process of note-taking will help you both remember and understand the ideas.
  5. Come back to the detail. We’ve tried as much as possible to put technical details into ‘accordion’ sections (like this one). You can open them to reveal the details, or easily skip them if you’re just looking for an overview of key points, returning later when you’re ready.

You can use the Contact link any time to contact the Course Tutor for help.

Course Navigation – Finding your way around

While Digital Publishing 101 for Ebooks has been designed as a complete, step-by-step course, you don’t have to follow its pre-set path. We’ve added plenty of navigation to make it easy to find what you need.

Full topic listing

Each topic is self-contained and will serve as a quick-fire tutorial to any subject you need to understand. There’s a complete menu of topics on the Course Home page.

Course navigation - There's a complete topic list on the Course Home page

Course Home

Browsing, researching or finding your way back? Start at the Course Home Page which links to every topic.

Using the breadcrumb menu to get back to the Course Home

A quick way to reach the Course Home is from the ‘breadcrumb’ link above the title of each page.


Course navigation — Members’ area

You can also locate the Course Home from the Course Navigation menu on the top right corner of the site. And each new section also has a menu of topics for quick access.


NOTE: The top Course Navigation menu is the one to use when you’re navigating courses in the members-only area of the site. The main website menu will only access public areas.

Save pages for reference or to share with colleagues

Print and PDF Copies. You can make copies of any parts of the course for your personal reference. Use the Print or PDF button at the bottom of each page to produce a formatted copy.

Quickstart: Putting it into practice.

The course is designed to put theory into practice so there are a lot of practical instructions, technical details and tips.

  • We often put this detail into ‘accordion’ sections (like this one). You can open them to reveal the details, or easily skip them if you’re just looking for an overview of key points, returning later when you’re ready.
  • There are carefully-selected pointers to products and services at each key stage to help you get started.
  • There’s additional reading to give you more in-depth treatment of topics. You’ll find links to further resources at the end of each relevant topic.
  • In fact, we’ve provided a complete Digital Publishing Resources website with handpicked links that we know will be helpful for each topic.
  • On each page, you’ll also find a ‘Feedback or suggestions for this page‘ link. Please use this to contact the course tutor with suggested updates or additional references that will help other course participants.
  • You can use the Contact Course Tutor link any time to contact the Course Tutor for help and advice. We’ll respond within 24 hours, depending on timezones.

It’s a constantly-changing landscape. We keep up with it daily so that you don’t have to, saving you many hours of research and potential mistakes.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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