Purpose of the Course

The pace of change in publishing is ever-increasing, not least in the creation and use of eBooks. Consumers and devices are becoming ever more sophisticated and the demands on publishers to keep up are immense.

This seminar-based course provides a great overview of the creation of eBooks, the routes to market and the changing technology available to publishers and their customers. It’s a complete introduction for those new to eBooks and a great update for those with some experience in eBook production.

Benefits of Attending

This course provides delegates with a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the creation and sale of eBooks. Delegates will gain the knowledge and tools to be pro-active in their role, better express their requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10.

Course Level

The course is aimed at those who are or would like to be responsible for the production of eBooks. It is aimed at those new to eBook production and those who have learnt ‘on the job’. This course will be useful to: production teams, editors, designers, self-publishers, authors and librarians.

Course Outline

All theoretical elements in this course are accompanied by their practical application. Each section contains a problem-solving element, to enable the attendees to gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to spot them if they do occur. The topics covered will include:

  • What XML is and how it’s used
  • The different digital workflows and the pros and cons of using them
  • The limitations of the devices that are currently on the market and their impact on eBooks
  • The difference between apps, eBooks and online products and how to select the right one
  • The pros and cons of Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • What metadata is, how to use it effectively and how this impacts discoverability
  • How to decide whether eBooks should have a bespoke design or replicate the printed version
  • What HTML5 is and when to use it
  • The different file formats available and when to use them
  • How to specify eBook requirements to a supplier
  • How to decide whether fixed format or reflowable is right for your eBook
  • What interactivity and enhancements are available and how to choose the right one

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainer

Ken Jones, Circular Software. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course

Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here.

Date and Frequency of this Course

Thursday 6th June 2024. This course will run only once in 2024.

Course Location

Online / Live Virtual Training 

Course Length

This is a full day course which will be provided online, 10am-5pm (UK time).


BIC Members £310.00 + VAT
Friends of BIC £362.00 + VAT
Non Members £420.00 + VAT

The full discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.


Register for this course here.

Please note that BIC will not schedule a further date for this course until we have a full list of delegates. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

Read BIC’s Course Cancellations & Refund Policy here.