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InDesign CC: EPUB Fundamentals

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Welcome

Take any InDesign file and turn it into an EPUB that can be read on multiple devices, like the Kindle, Kobo, iPad, and Nook.
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  1. 10m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
    3. About the InDesign CC 2014 update
      4m 17s
    4. Comparing the previous and updated EPUB Export Options dialog boxes
      3m 11s
  2. 28m 32s
    1. Understanding the difference between an ebook and an EPUB
      6m 32s
    2. Cracking open EPUBs on Mac and Windows
      5m 52s
    3. Looking at the components of an EPUB file
      9m 21s
    4. Choosing between EPUB 2 and EPUB 3
      6m 47s
  3. 22m 3s
    1. Understanding the InDesign-to-EPUB workflow
      4m 35s
    2. Creating an EPUB workspace
      5m 46s
    3. Installing scripts
      5m 32s
    4. What is and is not included in an InDesign EPUB export
      6m 10s
  4. 49m 26s
    1. Learning the basic prep steps for most InDesign files
      3m 18s
    2. Anchoring images
      7m 53s
    3. Managing the sequence of content: Layout order
      8m 20s
    4. Managing the sequence of content: Articles panel
      9m 20s
    5. Creating a navigation TOC
      5m 14s
    6. Creating chapter breaks
      6m 1s
    7. Working with InDesign book files
      5m 14s
    8. Adding metadata to the InDesign file or book
      4m 6s
  5. 54m 5s
    1. Maintaining text frame spacing
      5m 37s
    2. Cleaning up text with Find/Change and the FindChangeByList script
      5m 28s
    3. Converting local formatting to styles
      7m 18s
    4. Using free scripts to automate text formatting
      6m 36s
    5. Mapping text styles to HTML and CSS tags
      6m 59s
    6. Preparing tables for optimal conversion
      5m 26s
    7. Adding a custom TOC as the first page of the EPUB file
      6m 46s
    8. Including a linked index
      4m 14s
    9. Using Typekit fonts
      5m 41s
  6. 57m 35s
    1. Adding alt tags to images and objects
      5m 36s
    2. Converting InDesign objects to images
      5m 47s
    3. Specifying image resolution and appearance
      6m 48s
    4. Setting image position controls
      9m 5s
    5. Creating wrapping text
      6m 32s
    6. Customizing image sizes with CSS
      4m 14s
    7. Using object styles for EPUB attributes
      6m 23s
    8. Creating a cover image
      6m 35s
    9. Adding video to the EPUB
      6m 35s
  7. 12m 42s
    1. Choosing general export options
      2m 51s
    2. Choosing export options for text and CSS
      3m 18s
    3. Reviewing object and image-conversion options
      4m 4s
    4. Reviewing options for JavaScript, metadata, and viewing apps
      2m 29s
  8. 21m 27s
    1. Previewing EPUBs on your computer
      6m 21s
    2. Previewing for the iBooks app
      7m 47s
    3. Validating EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files
      7m 19s
  9. 29m 1s
    1. Exploring the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) portal
      5m 41s
    2. Using the Kindle plugin for InDesign
      11m 34s
    3. Converting with Kindle Previewer
      6m 39s
    4. Optimizing EPUBs for specific devices
      5m 7s
  10. 5m 49s
    1. Next steps
      5m 49s

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InDesign CC: EPUB Fundamentals
Video duration: 0s 4h 50m Beginner Updated Jun 26, 2014


Publishers, designers, writers, and production staff: Learn how to use the software you already use to create print books—Adobe InDesign CC—to create ebooks. Start here with the fundamentals. Anne-Marie Concepción takes a close look at EPUB, the standard format for ebooks, and shows you how to set up and work with InDesign to create, edit, and export them. Learn what's hidden inside an EPUB, what the EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 standards mean for you, and how InDesign can be the fastest road to an EPUB, with its ability to automatically convert your files into the necessary HTML and CSS. You'll also discover how to optimize text, graphics, tables, and videos in your existing layouts, and tailor your EPUBs specifically for the Kindle, Kobo, and Nook ereaders. Anne-Marie also reviews the ebook features exclusive to InDesign CC, such as object style mapping, pop-up footnotes, Typekit integration, and linked indexes.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the difference between an ebook and EPUB
  • Creating an EPUB workspace in InDesign
  • Managing the sequence of content
  • Creating a table of contents for navigation
  • Adding metadata
  • Cleaning up text formatting
  • Optimizing images for EPUB export
  • Previewing and validating EPUB files
  • Converting EPUBs to Kindle MOBI format
InDesign EPUB


Welcome to InDesign CC: EPUB Fundamentals. In this course we'll take a close look at EPUBs, the standard format for ebooks today, and how we can use Adobe InDesign CC to create them. I'll start by showing you what is inside an EPUB file using free scripts for Mac and Windows. We'll learn what the ePUB 2, and ePUB 3 standards really mean. And how InDesign converts files to the standard HTML and CSS they require.

You'll see how to optimize your text, graphics, tables, and videos. I'll show you how to use new ePUB features, and Indesign CC like object style mapping, pop-up footnotes, and linked indexes. See how you can create sophisticated and interactive standards-compliant EPUB files with a streamlined workflow, and then proof them on your eReader. We'll also cover how to use InDesign to optimize files for exporting eBooks specifically for the Amazon Kindle, and other eReaders like the Kobo and the Nook.

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Q: This course was updated on 6/26/2014. What changed?
A: The author added and revised movies to reflect the June 2014 updates to InDesign's EPUB handling features, including fixed-layout support and EPUB exporting options.





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