I'm converting a print document to an e-book (no hyperlinks, yet) to sell through my web site. I am using some fonts that I am fairly sure other computers won't have. Is there a way to embed only the characters used in those font sets so that the user will be able to see exactly the same layout I do? I am having trouble finding information about this. Thankyou.
There is no simple answer to that question. Different eBooks handle embedding differently, and there can often be issues of whether the fonts you're using are licensed to be embedded an EPUB file.
You might read some of Liz Castro's posts on her blog—Pigs, Gourds and Wikis: Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis
OK, I guess I need to back up. I went to Pigs, etc. and saw EPUB. And then I found Adobe Digital Editions for EPUB.
Someone please take me to the beginning to the first step of making an e-book. Is it software? Alas, I know nothing.
That is NOT something that be answered in a simple reply.
You need to do some study. Here are my two best sources.
Elizabeth Castros eBooks about EPUB: Formatting ebooks - EPUB Straight to the Point
And Anne-Marie Concepcion's videos on Lynda.com.
And it would be helpful to learn about CSS as well.