The Publishing Project

Quick and dirty ebook creation script

After creating all the content for an ebook there is still more work to do and I can’t always remember the exact commands to run to finish the book. I do remember that I have to do the following:

  • Delete the existing version of the book (if any) to make sure that changes are picked up in the final product
  • Delete all .DS_Store directories created in my Mac. This may not always be necessary but avoids epubcheck errors if you forget to remove the directory from one of the files being compressed
  • Zip all files to the zipped epub container
  • Runs epubcheck on the resulting epub file

[code lang=bash]

#1. removes the existing epub file (if any)
rm -rf mybook.epub
echo "book file deleted"

#2. Remove .DS_Store file
find . -type f -name '*.DS_Store' -ls -delete
echo "deleted mac specific files"

#3. Zip the necessary files and directories
zip -r -X mybook.epub mimetype META-INF OEBPS

#4. Run epubcheck on the resulting file from step 3
java -jar /usr/local/java/epubcheck/epubcheck-3.0/epubcheck-3.0.jar mybook.epub

#5. All Done 🙂
echo "All Done"

#open mybook.epub