How to Create and Publish an E-Book Using Sphinx (The Book + Leanbook Template)
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How to Create and Publish an E-Book Using Sphinx

A Step-by-Step Guide by Vimalkumar Velayudhan

About the Book

  • Do you wish to create and publish an e-book?
  • Do you use a Linux desktop?
  • Are you willing to learn basic reStructuredText?

If you answered yes to all those questions, then this book is for you!

In 5 steps, I will walk you through the process of creating and building an EPUB 3 format e-book, which you can publish on 15+ digital book stores, including Leanpub, Draft2Digital (Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and more), and Amazon KDP.

To save you time, this book includes “Leanbook” — a quick-start Sphinx project template as a downloadable zip file.

With Leanbook, you get 3 font themes, live-preview, sample copyright page and a glossary, a book cover template, and more.

If you are new to reStructuredText, you can consult the sample chapters in Leanbook. For a step-by-step approach, you can get my beginner’s guide: “reStructuredText for Sphinx”.

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Vimalkumar Velayudhan
Vimalkumar Velayudhan

I write step-by-step guides for using Linux and open source software

Table of Contents

  • About this book
    • The 5 steps
    • What you will need
    • Quick-start template
  • Step 1. Install software
    • 1.1 Install using Software Manager
    • 1.2 Install using the command line (optional)
  • Step 2. Create book
    • 2.1 Download template
    • 2.2 Run the setup command
    • 2.3 Preview the book
    • 2.4 Configure the book
  • Step 3. Write content
    • 3.1 Add a new chapter
    • 3.2 Organize chapters
    • 3.3 Fix syntax errors
  • Step 4. Build EPUB
    • 4.1 Add a cover image
    • 4.2 Make an EPUB file
    • 4.3 Check the quality of EPUB
  • Step 5. Publish your e-book
    • 5.1 Publish on Leanpub
    • 5.2 Publish on Draft2Digital
    • 5.3 Publish on Amazon KDP
  • Appendix
    • A. Resources
    • B. Software versions
    • C. Other Linux distributions
    • D. Fix non-standard font messages
    • E. Create a Sphinx project

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