Creating epub from InDesign
There are many ways to create epub files. One of these is via InDesign. Since most books move through InDesign at some stage, this is likely to be a popular route for many designers and production teams. Unfortunately, this isn’t yet a simple process. I hope that one day these notes will stand as a testament to how hard this used to be.
There are two routes to epub to consider here.
- If the book is already typeset, consider carefully whether it is worth your time reworking the file in InDesign for epub export. It may be quicker and ultimately cheaper to send the file, and/or a PDF, to a conversion company (usually in India).
- If the book is not yet typeset, make sure the book is designed and typeset with epub export in mind.
We’ve included advice for working from InDesign CS3, but really, really you want at least CS4 for this.
The advice given here doesn’t yet cover CS5, we wrote this a while ago. Since then, the best guides around for CS 5 and 5.5 are probably Liz Castro’s guides, which you can buy from her for money well spent.
You can also read the course notes from the training we used to offer on:
- Preparing to prepare InDesign documents
- What to expect after exporting to epub
- Working in InDesign
- After InDesign export to epub
- Get inside the epub
- Add a cover
- Add fonts to the package, manifest and CSS
- Check the quality of the images
- Check the order of book parts
- Page breaks
- Check the epub Table of Contents
- Add ADE page-template file
- Check metadata
- Embedding multi/rich media
- Change heading tags to structured HTML (optional, CS3 only)
- Zip the epub again
- Test the epub
- General tips and resources
- Mapping book features to HTML elements and classes