Nellie McKesson

Nellie McKesson is the eBook Operations Manager at O’Reilly Media, where she focusses on maintaining and improving the digital publishing program while also overseeing book reprints and errata. She began as a print layout specialist with an expert knowledge of InDesign, and is co-author of Publishing with iBooks Author (O'Reilly). In her "off" hours, she does freelance digital and print book production, drinks bourbon, and plays drums in a band.

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Building Books with CSS3

While historically, it's been difficult at best to create print-quality PDF books from markup alone, CSS3 now brings us the Paged Media Module, which targets print book formatting. "Paged" media exists as finite pages, like books and magazines, rather than as long scrolling stretches of text, like most websites. With a single CSS stylesheet, publishers can take XHTML source content and turn it into a laid-out, print-ready PDF. You can take your XHTML source, bypass desktop page layout software like Adobe InDesign, and package it as an ePub file. It's a lightweight and adaptable workflow, which gets you beautiful books faster. Nellie McKesson, eBook Operations Manager at O'Reilly Media, explains how to build books with CSS3.