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I have seen a question here about reading .epub but I would like to create my own easily from a GUI, what is available for Ubuntu? Even if I have to download something outside the repository, as long as it installs easily and works well, I would also like the software to be able to support the use of .svg images and tables.

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Try Sigil, from here; http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

This is an excellent program for creating .epub files, works almost like a word processor

After a lot of frustration with other applications I can say this one works, has good support for .svg images and tables just code your tables as xhtml, it can easily import an existing .epub too.

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Atlantis Word Processor: http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/videos/creating_ebooks_introduction

It is a Windows software. But you can run it on Ubuntu: http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1753

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While running Windows software is possible in Ubuntu (Wine, Virtual Box, VMware), Linux software is preferred. Is there a Linux equivalent? –  Warren Hill May 8 '13 at 21:53
AFAIK, there is no Linux version. –  JJ Wille May 12 '13 at 5:24
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I'm listing three options that I've installed and run under either Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04. I'm not sure of the extent of svg support, but I believe there is svg import support. Sigil is the one I'd try first. ecub is free but not open source. Jutoh is commercial (though inexpensive if I recall, and it has a trial mode for the first 20 docs), but it might be worth looking at just because of its interesting implementation (not necessarily a knock against it). It is supposed to be feature-rich, though I found it too slow on my machine at the time.

Sigil -- A WYSIWYG ebook editor.
eCub - a simple .epub creation tool
Jutoh -- "epublishing made easy"

As was mentioned before, Calibre can also work at bridging formats. It isn't designed as an editor, just a converter, but I've used it successfully for simple documents with straightforward graphical elements.

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Sigil is the one, thanks –  dblang Jan 25 '11 at 13:20
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Do you want to use svg in epub? So epub holds vector graphic not a converted bitmap?

Well the problems may by in your epub readers. Not all of them support svg (despite of epub specs). Have you used that support svg?

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I use Calibre to read now and it supports .svg images in the reader –  dblang Jan 25 '11 at 13:19
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Have you tried Calibre? I'm not sure about the images, but I know that it converts formats very well, and as a bonus, works with my Nook.

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I nearly thought you meant the KOffice suite - you should point out that Calibre here is not the new KOffice =). Looks useful though ^^. –  RolandiXor Jan 24 '11 at 1:39
Sorry about that. It's quite useful; I've converted plenty of PDFs for my Nook with it. –  gamerchick02 Jan 24 '11 at 1:59
Calibre is a nice tool, unfortunately when converting either .odt or .pdf with vector images I do not get what I want, no images just a blue question mark for images in .odt and nothing for images in .pdf, I would have to manually edit the .epub, somethingI do not want to do. Thanks anyway calibre does well converting text based books, a partial solution. –  dblang Jan 24 '11 at 16:37
Sorry it's not working for you. I don't think there's anything that really works well for images. Glad I can help you get to a partial solution though. –  gamerchick02 Jan 25 '11 at 0:29
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