E is for Book has the first part of a series on how Elizabeth O. Dulemba created a Nook picture book from her book app Lula’s Brew.  Here’s a snippet:

I recently converted my picture book app, LULA’S BREW, into a .pdf for download to The Illustrated Section and various electronic devices… including a Nook color picture book. It isn’t an exercise for everybody, but it can be done if you have the right software, some ease around technology, and a good deal of patience.

The first step was formatting the files. I suggest keeping your picture book files in layers so that artwork can be moved around and text adjusted as needed for various devices. (Lots of space needs to be reserved for text and large, simple images tend to work well.) Since I’d already sized my book down for the iPad/iPhone, I didn’t have to do too much tweaking. Vertical layouts work best on most of these electronic devices, despite Apple’s rotating features, to keep text readable and allow the greatest visual impact. Think single pages rather than double page spreads – eBooks really aren’t the same thing as a traditional book, despite the debates.


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