Reading ebooks is simple enough, but suppose you want to create an ebook? Where do you start?
The free Sigil application is a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor that allows you to create EPUB files. Sigil is, as an application, fairly bare-bones, but with a bit of practice, you can create elaborate EPUB books with relative ease. Sigil also lets you view the underlying XHTML code of an EPUB book, allowing you to make advanced changes to your book. Even better, it only takes a few terminal command to install Sigil on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.
Here’s how to do it.
First, visit the Sigil download page and download the installer for Linux. Both 32 bit and 64 bit installers are available – be sure to choose the appropriate one for your system. The Sigil download page is here:
(Note that this may change with future releases.)
After the download is complete, you’ll need to modify the files permissions to install it. Assuming that you downloaded Sigil to the Downloads folder in your home folder, go to a Terminal window and enter this command:
chmod 755 ~/Downloads/Sigil-0.3.4-Linux-Setup.bin
(Note that the name of the installer may change as new versions of Sigil are released.)
Next, you’ll need to install a specific library for Sigil to run. Do so with this command:
sudo apt-get install libqtwebkit4
After the libqtwebkit4 library installation completes, run this command to install Sigil:
Enter your password to authenticate, and the Sigil installer will launch. Follow the default prompts, and you’ll soon have Sigil installed on your system. To launch Sigil, type this command at the prompt:
(This will launch the Sigil executable, which is located in the sigil directory in your home folder.)