What is SPAB!?
At long last I’m posting a new version of SPAB! For those not in the know, SPAB! is a simple utility for authors to take a markdown-formatted book and transform it into quality-formatted, ready-to-publish files that can be uploaded to kdp.amazon.com, smashwords, and the like.
Here’s what SPAB! now produces:
- An epub file to be used at Barnes and Noble’s pubit, and just about anyone else that’ll take an epub.
- A smashwords specific epub.
- A zipped html file to be used at kdp.amazon.com.
- An 8.5 x 11 printable pdf.
- A 5.5 x 8.5 pdf for paperback interior at createspace, lulu, shopmybook, or lightning source.
I need some help testing this, making sure that the files produced actually work at the various self publishing sites, and making sure that the output looks good. And of course I”m open to any other suggestions as well. If find any issues you can contact me by commenting here, or shooting me an email “bryce at storyhack.com”
Bugs that I Know About
Bold and italics are not always working correctly in the pdf outputs. Fixed in the 3.0.1 Beta Book interior images not always working in the epubs. (cover is working fine)Fixed in the 3.0.1 Beta
So you know exactly how to use SPAB!, I’ve written up a couple of tutorials as part of my online book on self-publishing. Sorry, for now you’re on your own for creating a cover.
- What is Markdown?
- Getting your book into markdown
- Preparing your Markdown-flavored book file to use in SPAB!
After that you just open up SPAB!, select your book file, then click publish.
Note: Make sure that your image references are correct if your book has pictures. Otherwise, SPAB! will just freeze with no indication that something has gone wrong. Someday I may build in useful error messages. Today is not that day. Stop whining, this is free software.
Download SPAB! v3.0.1 Beta now (Windows Only – 4.7 mb)
What? Windows only? But I’m a super-hip Apple addict!
Now, for you pobrezinhos who don’t have a windows machine – this has been written with cross-platform functionality in mind using the python programming language. Someday I will make you a mac installer, and probably go ahead and release the source code. Today is not that day.
If you find this little program useful and you wish to see development continue, or you just want to say thanks, feel free to leave me a tip via the donate button below.