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InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Welcome

Shows publishers and designers how to use the software they already use to create print books and apply it to the emerging ebook market.
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 11m 0s
    1. What is an ebook?
      7m 36s
    2. Where do I find and sell ebooks?
      3m 24s
  3. 18m 44s
    1. Understanding 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
      9m 53s
  4. 51m 27s
    1. Creating chapter/page breaks via an InDesign book
      9m 6s
    2. Creating chapter breaks via a custom TOC style
      8m 58s
    3. Combining both strategies to create chapter breaks
      6m 23s
    4. Using the layout to manage content flow
      10m 24s
    5. Using XML tags to manage content
      8m 45s
    6. Naming styles and linked assets
      7m 51s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Cleaning up the text flow
      12m 24s
    2. Applying paragraph and character styles
      9m 32s
    3. Modifying nested, GREP, and line styles
      7m 12s
    4. Modifying tables
      8m 12s
    5. Converting InDesign graphics
      7m 27s
    6. Manually optimizing images
      8m 43s
    7. Creating a cover image
      7m 8s
    8. Adding a custom TOC as the first page of an EPUB file
      9m 35s
    9. Adding metadata to an InDesign file or book
      4m 40s
  6. 12m 38s
    1. Choosing general EPUB export options
      3m 23s
    2. Choosing EPUB export options for images
      3m 52s
    3. Choosing EPUB export options for content
      5m 23s
  7. 18m 17s
    1. Previewing EPUBs on your computer and devices
      5m 56s
    2. Previewing for the iBooks app
      6m 8s
    3. Validating EPUB
      6m 13s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Getting inside an EPUB file
      6m 49s
    2. Identifying parts of an EPUB
      7m 48s
    3. Choosing an EPUB editor
      7m 0s
    4. Modifying the navigational TOC
      5m 31s
    5. Adding and editing metadata
      5m 4s
    6. Creating guide sections for iBooks
      4m 9s
  9. 52m 15s
    1. Cleaning up the XHTML files
      5m 53s
    2. Cleaning up the CSS file
      11m 19s
    3. Setting spacing in the file
      5m 54s
    4. Creating drop caps
      5m 50s
    5. Creating sidebars and pull quotes
      8m 13s
    6. Setting text wrap rules
      7m 11s
    7. Creating links
      7m 55s
  10. 25m 16s
    1. Preparing your EPUB file for Kindle conversion
      8m 9s
    2. Converting with KindleGen and Kindle Previewer
      6m 55s
    3. Using the Kindle plug-ins for InDesign
      4m 8s
    4. Converting for other resellers
      6m 4s
  11. 24m 0s
    1. Getting an ISBN for each edition
      4m 26s
    2. Getting your ebook into the Kindle Store, iBookstore, or NOOKbook Store
      10m 21s
    3. Using third-party aggregators
      6m 23s
    4. Selling from your own web site or ecommerce site
      2m 50s
  12. 4m 53s
    1. Next Steps
      4m 53s

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InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad
Video duration: 0s 5h 31m Intermediate


In InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad, author Anne-Marie Concepción shows publishers and designers how to use the software they already use to create print books and apply it to the emerging ebook market. The course shows how to prepare existing InDesign files for optimal EPUB and Kindle conversion, as well as how to design new projects for a dual print/ebook output, and apply professional text formatting, add links, and include search engine-friendly metadata. Instructions are also included for validating EPUB and Kindle files and setting up accounts at the major ebook distribution channels, including the Apple iBookstore, as well as selling ebooks directly to readers. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding ebooks and ebook publishing
  • Examining the EPUB format
  • Creating linked navigational TOCs
  • Formatting with paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Optimizing graphics for the EPUB and Kindle formats
  • Streamlining production with free InDesign scripts and plug-ins
  • Creating drop caps, pull quotes, and text wraps in the EPUB
  • Reviewing best practices for book cover images
  • Using cross-platform EPUB editors and utilities
  • Validating EPUBs
  • Proofing ebooks in iBooks, the Kindle, and the B&N Nook
  • Acquiring an ISBN for ebooks
  • Distributing ebooks with resellers and aggregators
InDesign EPUB Kindle


Hi! I'm Anne-Marie Concepcion and this is InDesign CS5 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 Sigil 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 to your files, and even building custom TOCs 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 to EPUB, Kindle and iPad.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign CS5 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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