Simple to use ebook editing utility which helps export EPUB formatted books
In addition, you can also use Sigil to quickly create EPUB documents by simply entering a piece of text into a new document and saving it to your hard drive as EPUB.
Moreover, Sigil is designed to help you format books for your own use or if you want to make some touches to books for publishing.
Sigil comes with numerous basic and advanced features. You can edit text in either Book View or Code View. The Book View is a simple word processor with various formatting options such as paragraph transformation, add bold, italics, underlined, etc.
Inbuilt ebook collection browser and preview for rapidly checking the resulting ebook
Furthermore, the Code view enables you to directly edit the HTML formatting if you want complete control over your ebook. A Preview window is also included for checking how the text would look like.
Sigil also includes a Book Browser that provides access to all the files in your EPUB: text, styles, images, audio, video and more. You can quickly browse and edit them from the Book Browser panel.
Another important feature is the ability to search and replace text. You will be able to find and replace in one file or in all files concurrently. Also, the searches can be saved to your hard drive for later usage.
Also allows you to effortlessly modify your ebooks’ metadata information with the help of a built-in editor
If you want to change book details such as author, title, language, year, etc. you can use the Metadata Editor. It can be accessed via the Tools menu or by hitting F8.
Moreover, Sigil also shows the table of contents of your EPUB in a separate panel on the right side of the main window. You can use it to jump to specific chapters or generate a new table of content according to headings.
All in all, the Sigil app is the only tool you need if you want a large enough collection of ebook editing tools designed from the ground up to provide you with complete control over the content of your books.
Reviewed by Sergiu Gatlan on September 29th, 2014
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- The big new feature Kevin has spearheaded is plugin support. This has been long requested and it’s finally here.
- Plugins support is a revision one at this point. We have plans to expand it out in the future. The system is designed to be flexible and allow for a lot of new features. Plugins are standalone and don’t hook directly into Sigil in term of UI changes. They’re mainly for advanced processing at this point.
- Currently Python 2 and 3 are the only supported languages for Plugins. The system is designed to be able to add other languages in the future quite easily. The decision to focus on Python for this release is due to the amount of existing Python code for ebook manipulation that is currently available.
- Sigil does not currently bundle Python but relies on Python being installed (this could change in the future). In preferences you’ll need to specify the Python executable location. If you’re on OS X it’s already installed with the OS and you just need to use the auto button to have it auto detected. Linux can also use the auto button. Most likely it’s already installed if you use Linux. For Windows user’s you’ll want to install something like Active State’s ActivePython (community edition is free).
Application descriptionSigil is a free, open source, multi-platform ebook editor, designed to edit books in ePub format.