FlightDeck helps you more quickly prepare eBooks for sale. It includes a comprehensive report detailing whether your file will be accepted by the major retailers and explaining everything you need to fix.
Use FlightDeck to Test Your EPUB. Your readers deserve it.
FlightDeck delivers clear, actionable information to get your EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files ready for sale. From validation and best practices, to retailer-specific information and metadata editing, FlightDeck reduces your Quality Assurance workload and helps you fix file issues quickly.
EPUBCheck is only the beginning. FlightDeck interprets and explains the standard errors and warnings, helping you understand what to fix and how to fix it. In addition, FlightDeck performs many other validation tests that you won't find anywhere else. [more]
Helpful Best Practices
FlightDeck's Best Practices help you create better reading experiences. Get feedback on potential issues that impact the quality of your EPUB file. [more]
Do you regularly have to crack open your EPUB files just to add an ISBN or other metadata? FlightDeck has a built-in metadata editor that allows you to edit and add common metadata fields with ease. [more]
FlightDeck provides a list of important and interesting information about your EPUB file to help you and your team delve deeper into your eBook creation, including data on external links, embedded fonts, image dimensions, and more. [more]
Power at Your Fingertips, No Coding Required
Not a developer? Not a problem! Anyone can use FlightDeck and benefit from the power it provides to the QA process. The output is human-readable, and we give examples and tips for hard-to-understand errors. Every report can be exported as a PDF, allowing you to easily pass along the output to your development team or conversion vendor.
We are constantly adding new features and adapting to the changing eBook environment to help you create better EPUB files. Have ideas or requests? Contact us!
Who are we?
FlightDeck is developed and maintained by the the team at Firebrand Technologies. The team has many decades of combined eBook development experience, and FlightDeck draws on the breadth of that experience.
Derek Kurth, the lead software architect on the FlightDeck project, has a long history with eBook development. Derek has a bachelor's in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been a software developer in the publishing space since 2003, developing tools and processes to create and sell eBook files more efficiently.
Joshua Tallent, the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand, has been an eBook developer, teacher, and quality advocate since 2002. He serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches at industry conferences year-round.
I want to thank the creators of FlightDeck. I had one title of a book I authored and published in print. However, I needed an eBook version. I set out to create it myself. I exported the InDesign file to an ePub format, but resulted in loads of validation issues that only FlightDeck helped me solve. I'm a graphic designer not a coder, but I know enough to be dangerous. FlightDeck spelled out, in simple terms, and let me know what line the issues occurred and gave direction on how to fix them. My eBook is complete and validated throughout all reader platforms. Thanks! —J.R. Steele