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Traditional bookshops are on the decline, online publishing is fast becoming the norm. The recent emergence of smartphones and tablet computers has hastened the demand for access to electronic books.

Gold Coast Libraries, offers e-books as part of its service and indeed, at the new Gold Coast TAFE Coomera Campus, the entire library is electronic.

Whether you are a writer or a reader of books, you need to understand and be able to use this exciting new medium.


This is a practical course, designed primarily for writers and trainers who may be interested in publishing their material electronically as well as those who want to be able to access, read and purchase electronic books.

This course is offered by an experienced writer and editor who is also a qualified trainer and one who uses both PCs and Macs and is familiar with both systems.

Through instruction as well as guided exercises you will learn

  • to access free electronic reading material through libraries and online bookstores
  • the considerations you need to bear in mind when developing an eBook
  • the emerging standards for electronic books including eBooks for smartphones and for tablets
  • to choose a publication format that is right for you
  • how to turn your manuscript into an electronic book (you will be able to do this as a practical exercise during class)
  • the ePub and iPub formats and where they are used
  • software for converting your document into an ePub file
  • dealing with cover pages, graphics and special features
  • eBook management software and conversion to proprietary formats
  • how to proofread your electronic book
  • options for publication.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to read and produce their own electronic books and understand their publication options.


There are no prerequisites for this course. It is assumed that participants will be familiar with MS Word; some contact with iWorks (Mac) or Adobe InDesign CS5 would be an advantage though not essential.


Those who bring their own computer to class will have the opportunity to produce their own eBook through guided exercises and an ability to read and/or produce an eBook. This is the primary evaluation.

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