One of the great things about technology is the way it has democratized the publishing world. Today, anyone can publish an ebook on iBooks and Amazon, whether as a freebie or a commercial book. Creating an ebook isn’t difficult. If you’ve written your book in Pages, you can export to EPUB–the format needed for iBooks–direct from the app.But as I found out when I came to create my own ebook, generating an ebook that looks attractive on all of the different devices available is a rather tougher challenge. That’s the job the Mac app Vellum claims to do this.
Vellum – create beautiful book
Vellum is an eBook-generating tool that lets you easily create an eBook from a text manuscript or from scratch within the application. Choose the appropriate style from several options, view instant previews of the finished product, and easily generate and regenerate eBooks with a single click to avoid disaster upon finding mistakes.
Vellum assumes your source book is a Word file. If it isn’t, pretty much any writing software you might use can export as a .docx file. Just open the Vellum app, go to File > Open and select your Word document.
Vellum attempts to intelligently parse the file as it is imported. If you have a table of contents, Vellum should recognize this and mirror the structure. In my case, I’d written my technothriller in scenes rather than chapters, so Vellum had few headings to go on. It picked up the page-breaks in my pre-amble, and decided these were chapters, and also split the story itself into three.
- Searching from Vellum’s Help menu is more responsive
- Long URLs will now wrap rather than extend into margins of the book
- Kindle devices in the Preview show hyphenation, if enabled
- You can now restore an upgrade from Vellum Ebooks to Vellum Press
- Intel, 64-bit processor
- OS X 10.11 or later