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ePub format eBooks

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Building the TOC in InDesign

The table of contents (TOC) belongs to, what are normally referrer to as, the front matter. We might also refer to them as the prelim pages.

This document last edited on: 13 June 2017

Creating a Reflowable eBook

This work follows on from previous workflows in creating a Shakespeare play for print. We should already have an Indesign ‘book’ with at least 2 sections. We will export from InDesign for ePub (reflowable) and then 'break open' the ePub file and make some changes to some of the included files.

This document last edited on: 18 December 2017

Editing inside the ePUB package

When we have created a reflowable ePub by exporting from InDesign, we may find that there are some stylistic details that need tidying up, changing or even correcting. Not all aspects of our wonderfully crafted typographic design work will give perfect results in the ePub.

This document last edited on: 10 March 2022

Footnotes, Endnotes, Sidenotes and Popup Notes

These need to be separated from the main body of the text, and are best set with a smaller size and possibly event a different typeface and colour. The idea of any notes is that it is supplementary information and it is entirely optional that the reader even bothers to look, so setting in a style that does not distract from the flow of the reading experience is important.

This document last edited on: 29 May 2018

InDesign to the Fixed Layout Recipe eBook

This fixed-layout format can be considered almost the same as an interactive PDF, however, as you will see, the ePUB can have much more interactivity and, you, the designer can control the way the eBook is displayed.

This document last edited on: 30 July 2017

InDesign to the Fixed Layout ePub

The fixed-layout format ePUB3 format provides a way to deliver every single page in your print book laid out just as it was in the print version.

This document last edited on: 18 December 2017


eBook Typography

A presentation that cover aspects of my book I walk through the issues when creating reflowable eBooks.

This document last edited on: 27 February 2014

Using the Articles Panel

When we export our book to the reflowable ePub from InDesign, we have a choice about the content order. Usually we choose ‘Based on Page Layout’, but if you want to make sure that your front matter pages don’t end up at the back of the book, then you need to use the Articles Panel to organise the content.

This document last edited on: 1 February 2017

InDesign to ePub Reflowable

We take an existing InDesign document prepared for print and export to ePub. We then make some adjustments and do that again.

This document last edited on: 18 February 2017

Fixed Layout eBook Part 3

This is a Multi-part screencast (please view parts 1 and 2 first)

This document last edited on: 15 March 2020

Editing inside the ePub Package

Once we have exported the reflow-able ePub from InDesign, we can make changes by editing the CSS that InDesign has created. We want to achieve a roundtrip workflow, allowing us the potential to go back to InDesign and re-export. To achieve this we must make our own version of the CSS, that will override those generated by InDesign.

This document last edited on: 26 February 2017

Converting the reflowable ePub to a Kindle Version

Our eBook production workflow involves perfecting for the ePub3 format first by exporting from InDesign and then making minimal adjustments through our own CSS file. Once we have everything ready to go, we can then convert this ePub to the MOBI file for the Amazon Kindle.

This document last edited on: 21 January 2020

Adding Front matter pages to our Recipe eBook

We are using an InDesign book to build a recipe eBook. We have added our recipes, now we need the front matter pages. We will also need an introduction to our book; this will come after the table of contents.

This document last edited on: 24 February 2017