Medea, a performance history

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Seen in iBooks on MAC

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iPad with thumbnail TOC

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Adobe Digital Editions

I created this ePub eBook for the APGRD.

Most of the original construction was done in iBooks Author but then I unpacked, deconstructed and rebuilt for ePub3 Fixed layout.

There are lots of multimedia components in the eBook with interactive galleries and enlargable images. The ePub works well on Apple devices but also Adobe Digital Editions version 4.5 and Readium for Chrome browser.

You can download the ePub version for free from here.


Some notes

The ePub was developed on a MAC.

The iBooks Author file was deconstructed and assets removed for use in the ePub version. Image assets were sourced back to their original so that they could be enlarged.

Adobe InDesign CC was used to gather the material into seperate chapters which in turn were single pages landscape, but optimised for the iPad proportions.

Once the chapters and front matter was combined in the book, the styles synchronised, the TOC build, the eBook was exported out as document layout type fixed-layout.

Some post processing included corrections to the javascript and toc. Furthwe work was on image optimising, video compressing and sound levels synchronising across all multimedia assets.

Posted on 10 Oct around 3pm


Extra words from Anne-Marie Concepcion:

Wow. But ... why? Why did you need to redo it as an FXL? Wasn’t it already an FXL of sorts in landscape mode ... and now the reflowable nature of .ibooks’ portrait mode is lost. I’m curious. For Amazon Kindles maybe?

Also curious about how you handled the interactive features in the iBooks version. Were there any that weren’t reproducible in ID?

Posted on  10/10  at  04:28 PM

Extra words from Chris Jennings:

There was no scrolling mode in the IBA version.
The reason for doing this was to support PC users through Readium and ADE 4.5
We were not able to support Kindle (no javascript) nor Google Play books (size limitation).

Images are enlarged with javascript
galleries are multi-state objects
I was not able to get glossaries in the ePub version (this needs a fuller explanation!)

One could argue that going around the other way (ePub first, iBooks Author last) may be a more efficient workflow, but for this one - it is what it is!

Do download it!

Posted on  10/10  at  04:48 PM

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