Episode 10: Creating an eBook with InDesign (Part 1)
November 11, 2009
eBook publishing is becoming increasingly popular. More and more publishers are providing content in the eBook format. Major bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders are selling thousands of eBooks every day. And as more people become savvy with eBook readers, eBooks will become even more popular. This new and different way of distributing and accessing book content expands the opportunities for reading, just as the MP3 file did with digital music.
Adobe InDesign lets you create eBooks in the EPUB (electronic publication) format, which is an open eBook standard that was designed to enable content to adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions. With more publishers, bookstores, and developers supporting the EPUB format, there is no better time to start exploring the world of eBook publishing. In this episode, I start by introducing you to the EPUB file format. Then I show you some best practices for setting up an InDesign file that can be accurately converted to an EPUB file.
You'll learn how important it is to apply paragraph and character styles to all the text in your document and you'll learn a trick for speeding up that process. Then you'll discover how to control the position of all the text and graphics in an EPUB file. I also talk about master page elements and how they are handled when a document is converted to an EPUB file.
In Episode 11, I'll continue from where I left off and finish preparing the document for export. I'll also show you how to export the final EPUB file.
If you would like even more in-depth information on creating EPUB files, check out my article in the October/November 2009 issue of InDesign Magazine.
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