ePub Samples

Here is a small sampling of some books that I recently converted to ePub.

Note: All of these books were initially designed and laid-out (using Adobe InDesign CS4 or CS5.5) for the purpose of traditional printing. Using those same files, I exported to ePub, created custom stylesheets (CSS), and cleaned up the code using Oxygen.

The very nature of the ePub format is to allow enough flexibility so that the books can be read on any size/type of device/reader that can read ePubs. Because of this, the files may look slightly different when compared from one device to another. However, great care has been taken so that the content looks good and is legible on all ePub-compatible readers/devices.

With that said, these ePubs have been optimized for the iPad (since it is by far the most popular ePub reading device). So, the sample images that you are about to see are screen grabs from the iPad.


Art Space Tokyo

Ashley Rawlings & Craig Mod, Pre/Post
(Adobe InDesign CS5.5)

AST Table of Contents

Art Space Tokyo cover and TOC (Horizontal view)

AST chapter start

Sample chapter start with Title and Map (Vertical view)


Map zoomed in to fit the screen (Horizontal view). (You can double-tap images in iBooks in order to zoom in)

AST Interview

Start of Interview section with intros (Vertical view)

AST Interview

Sample Interview section (Horizontal view)


Google SketchUp Cookbook

Bonnie Roskes, O’Reilly Media
(Adobe InDesign CS4)

GSC Table of Contents

Google Sketchup Cookbook cover and TOC (Horizontal view)

GSC spread

Sample spread with images and Note (Horizontal view)

GSC spread

Sample spread with image (Horizontal view)

GSC sample page

Sample page with image and sidebar (Vertical view)


The Geek Atlas

John Graham-Cumming, O’Reilly Media
(Adobe InDesign CS4)

GA Table of Contents

Geek Atlas Table of Contents (Vertical view)

GA page

Section start with title and map (Vertical view)

GA spread

Sample spread with sidebar and image (Horizontal view)


Building the Perfect PC, 3e

Robert Bruce Thompson & Barbara Fritchman Thompson, O’Reilly Media
(Adobe InDesign CS4)

BPpc Table of Contents

Building the Perfect PC cover and TOC (Horizontal view)

BPpc sample spread

Chapter start (Horizontal view)

BPpc sample spread

Start of Hardware Design Criteria section (Horizontal view)

BPpc sample spread

Sample spread with Warning (Horizontal view)

BPpc sample spread

Sample spread with images (Horizontal view)

BPpc sample page

Sample page with table (Vertical view)



    1. Hi Alex,
      My float/block elements work fine in ADE.

      I just ready your post on Liz’s blog and here are my thoughts:
      While ADE (1.7) is still one of the most popular computer screen ePub readers (especially for proofreading), it is also one of the oldest and most out-of-date.
      By now, the majority of the popular devices (iPad, Nook, Kobo, Android tablets, etc.) have far better ePub support than ADE.
      Adobe has been working on an updated reader that will hopefully be available soon.
      But until then, I suggest downloading and trying ADE (1.8 beta):

      In my testing, I have also found that this beta version of ADE is much closer to what you see when using the Nook devices (if not exactly the same).

      So keep an eye out for the next version of the Adobe reader. But, until then, I hope this helps.


      1. Thanks for that Ron, I hadn’t thought of trying the beta and can’t afford to keep buying e-readers! It would be good if there were reliable emulators around – the Kindle one is not bad actually (though not identical to the hardware version I have). Do you use ADE beta for most of your testing? The eBooks above are beautiful, well done.

      2. I hear that, Alex. Those things get expensive quick.
        I agree that there needs to be better emulators out there for testing, but it is hard to keep up with all the constant changes to eBooks.
        For my testing purposes, I use ADE (1.8) for general ePub and Nook testing. I also use Kindle Previewer for the Amazon devices. For iPad, I test directly on my device once I have worked out any major issues using ADE. Recently, I have also started using the Reader for Mac (Sony), which seems pretty good.

        Thanks for the kind words about my samples. Much appreciated.
        I have a bunch more that I want to post, once I find the time.


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