Build your EPUBs with Eclipse, and read them too.

A lot has happened in the e-book world the past couple of years. There is an abundance of hardware for reading electronic books and the state of desktop reading systems is steadily improving. There is also a large number of electronic books available. Especially novels, but also technical material such as one of my current favorites: Pro Git. And as reading systems are improving, utilizing technologies such as SVG and CSS3; Electronic books become more suitable for publications where there are tables, figures and illustrations that must be presented correctly.

In response to this development I have in the past year worked on implementing support for putting together and reading EPUBs in Eclipse. This contribution is currently being processed and will most likely be available as a part of the next Mylyn release. One of the features of this contribution is the ability to quickly generate an EPUB from wiki markup as the video below demonstrates.

If you’re interested in creating electronic publications, from wiki markup or other sources – and you’re going to the sixth European Eclipse Conference – you may want to attend my talk about the subject. In any case I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Just locate me in the foyer.

And while we’re on the subject of EclipseCon Europe. I’m really looking forward to it. This is one of the highlights of the year. A rare opportunity to attend very interesting talks and meet the rest of the community over a beer or two. See you in Ludwigsburg!

Slides from my presentation at EclipseCon Europe 2011:

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