What to expect after exporting to epub
After you’ve created a basic epub from InDesign, there’s more to do to make a good, sellable epub. You will:
- extract the contents of the epub file
- add a cover
- add all fonts to the manifest
- make images resizable
- check the order of book parts
- add page breaks, remove span-related spaces, fix non-breaking spaces
- correct the titles of the chapters
- add ADE page-template file
- check that the Table of Contents works
- add metadata
- edit CSS
- embed video/audio files if necessary
- optionally: replace head tags with structured HTML head tags
- zip the contents of the epub up again (in the right order)
- test the epub.
To do this you’ll almost always have to work a little with the epub’s code. We go through this in detail below.
Note: When we say ‘Book’ with a capital B, we mean an InDesign Book, which gathers documents into an .indb file. When we say ‘book’, we mean the title you’re working on.