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InDesign CS5.5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Welcome

Shows publishers, designers, and production staff how to use the software they already use to create print books—InDesign—for the emerging ebook market.
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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 11m 0s
    1. What's an ebook?
      7m 36s
    2. Where do I find and sell ebooks?
      3m 24s
  3. 20m 42s
    1. Examining the EPUB file format
      4m 28s
    2. How does an INDD file become an EPUB file?
      4m 23s
    3. What can and can't be converted from INDD to EPUB
      11m 51s
  4. 49m 14s
    1. Creating a navigation table of contents (TOC) with a TOC style
      6m 31s
    2. Creating a navigation TOC with an InDesign book
      3m 27s
    3. Using a TOC style in combination with an InDesign book
      2m 38s
    4. Creating chapter breaks based on a paragraph style
      3m 33s
    5. Managing page layout order
      6m 24s
    6. Using layout order to manage content flow
      5m 31s
    7. Using the Articles panel to manage content flow
      12m 19s
    8. Using XML tags to manage content flow
      5m 37s
    9. Naming styles and linked assets
      3m 14s
  5. 1h 24m
    1. Maintaining text frame spacing
      4m 37s
    2. Fixing EPUB text issues with Find/Change
      7m 59s
    3. Applying paragraph and character styles
      7m 59s
    4. Mapping paragraph styles to CSS tags
      7m 28s
    5. Modifying tables
      5m 49s
    6. Converting InDesign objects to images
      9m 52s
    7. Manually optimizing images or using the Object Export options
      14m 13s
    8. Creating a cover image
      6m 39s
    9. Adding a custom TOC as the first page of the EPUB file
      7m 31s
    10. Adding metadata to the InDesign file or book
      4m 58s
    11. Adding alt tags to images in InDesign
      7m 6s
  6. 19m 52s
    1. Choosing general EPUB export options
      5m 37s
    2. Choosing EPUB export options for images
      7m 12s
    3. Choosing EPUB export options for content
      7m 3s
  7. 19m 16s
    1. Previewing EPUB files on your computer and devices
      5m 56s
    2. Previewing for the iBooks app
      6m 8s
    3. Validating EPUB files
      7m 12s
  8. 41m 41s
    1. Getting inside an EPUB file
      5m 49s
    2. Identifying parts of an EPUB file
      8m 55s
    3. Choosing an EPUB editor
      10m 31s
    4. Modifying the navigation TOC
      4m 53s
    5. Adding and editing metadata
      5m 41s
    6. Creating guide sections for iBooks
      5m 52s
  9. 51m 42s
    1. Cleaning up the HTML files
      11m 14s
    2. Editing the CSS file
      13m 20s
    3. Setting spacing in the file
      6m 51s
    4. Creating drop caps
      5m 3s
    5. Creating sidebars and pull quotes
      7m 21s
    6. Setting text wrap rules
      7m 53s
  10. 28m 12s
    1. Exploring the Kindle portal
      5m 26s
    2. Preparing your EPUB file for Kindle conversion
      12m 47s
    3. Converting with KindleGen and Kindle Previewer
      3m 26s
    4. Converting for other resellers
      6m 33s
  11. 24m 0s
    1. Getting an ISBN for each edition
      4m 26s
    2. Getting your ebook into the Kindle Store, iBookstore, or NOOK Store
      10m 21s
    3. Using third-party aggregators
      6m 23s
    4. Selling from your own web site or ecommerce site
      2m 50s
  12. 5m 0s
    1. Next steps
      5m 0s

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InDesign CS5.5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad
Video duration: 0s 5h 56m Intermediate


In this course, author Anne-Marie Concepción shows publishers, designers, and production staff how to use the software they already use to create print books—InDesign—for the emerging ebook market. Beginning with an overview of digital publishing for the ebook marketplace, the course demonstrates how to prepare existing InDesign files for optimal EPUB and Kindle conversion. The course covers applying professional text formatting, validating EPUBs, and incorporating search-engine friendly metadata, as well as setting up publisher accounts at the major ebook distribution channels and selling ebooks directly to readers through an e-commerce site.

Topics include:
  • Understanding ebooks and ebook publishing
  • Examining the EPUB format
  • Creating customized navigational TOCs
  • Using layout order, the Articles panel, and XML tags to manage content flow
  • Formatting with paragraph and character styles
  • Creating a cover image
  • Optimizing images
  • Exporting InDesign content to an EPUB
  • Including drop caps, pull quotes, and text wraps
  • Acquiring an ISBN for ebooks
  • Converting an EPUB to Kindle, iBookstore, and Nook formats
  • Distributing ebooks with resellers and aggregators
InDesign EPUB Kindle


Hi! I'm Anne-Marie Concepcion, and this is InDesign CS5.5 To EPUB, Kindle, and the iPad. This course covers the complete eBook workflow for getting your InDesign contents into a number of devices and EPUB reading software. From determining which format you're planning on using, then setting up the original InDesign file to make it EPUB- friendly, to tinkering with the final EPUB in a variety of utilities like TextWrangler and oXygen Author, to putting the final file out there for publication through Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBookstore, and plenty of third-party sites and options.

I'll show you some specifics like setting up the images and other graphics for best presentation in an EPUB, adding and editing metadata and alt tags to your files, and building custom table of contents and covers for your final presentation. eBook publishing is a great way to get your work to your waiting audience. So let's get started with InDesign CS5.5 To EPUB, Kindle, and iPad.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign CS5.5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad .

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Q: There is a problem with preptext.jsx mentioned in this course in the Chapter 4 movie named "Applying paragraph and character styles".  Is there a fix or does Anne-Marie address this somewhere?
A:  Please refer to the post on Anne-Marie's web site regarding this issue, which can be found at





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