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Creating a Reflowable eBook

This work follows on from previous workflows in creating a Shakespeare play for print. We should already have an Indesign ‘book’ with at least 2 sections. We will export from InDesign for ePub (reflowable) and then 'break open' the ePub file and make some changes to some of the included files.

This document last edited on: 18 December 2017

Editing inside the ePUB package

When we have created a reflowable ePub by exporting from InDesign, we may find that there are some stylistic details that need tidying up, changing or even correcting. Not all aspects of our wonderfully crafted typographic design work will give perfect results in the ePub.

This document last edited on: 1 March 2018

InDesign to HTML and CSS

HTML is the language for the web; delivering content for our various types of screens. InDesign is a *page layout* tool; presuming for the printed page, but we can still generate HTML from our content and with some attention to detail, we can can get good HTML markup ready for further styling and attention to a responsive design.

This document last edited on: 15 January 2020

InDesign to the Fixed Layout ePub

The fixed-layout format ePUB3 format provides a way to deliver every single page in your print book laid out just as it was in the print version.

This document last edited on: 18 December 2017


Using the Articles Panel

When we export our book to the reflowable ePub from InDesign, we have a choice about the content order. Usually we choose ‘Based on Page Layout’, but if you want to make sure that your front matter pages don’t end up at the back of the book, then you need to use the Articles Panel to organise the content.

This document last edited on: 1 February 2017

The Basics of HTML and CSS

This screencast is for beginners only! It just explains the relationship between the language of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and the stylesheet language called CSS (cascading Style Sheets).

This document last edited on: 29 January 2018

InDesign to ePub Reflowable

We take an existing InDesign document prepared for print and export to ePub. We then make some adjustments and do that again.

This document last edited on: 18 February 2017

InDesign to HTML

We can generate good quality, sensible HTML(5) markup from InDesign so long as we make some adjustments to the way the HTML tags are mapped from our styles.

This document last edited on: 19 January 2020

Get Atom Software and Install on a MAC

This screencasts explains how to install Atom from an instance that I provide. Although Atom is free to download, I have installed all of the various packages to help write blog posts with markdown.

This document last edited on: 18 January 2020

Fixed Layout eBook Part 3

This is a 3 part screencast (please view parts 1 and 2 first)

This document last edited on: 20 March 2016

Editing inside the ePub Package

Once we have exported the reflow-able ePub from InDesign, we can make changes by editing the CSS that InDesign has created. We want to achieve a roundtrip workflow, allowing us the potential to go back to InDesign and re-export. To achieve this we must make our own version of the CSS, that will override those generated by InDesign.

This document last edited on: 26 February 2017

Converting the reflowable ePub to a Kindle Version

Our eBook production workflow involves perfecting for the ePub3 format first by exporting from InDesign and then making minimal adjustments through our own CSS file. Once we have everything ready to go, we can then convert this ePub to the MOBI file for the Amazon Kindle.

This document last edited on: 21 January 2020