By Elizabeth Castro
Virtually in a single day, EPUB has develop into the well-liked average for exhibiting electronic textual content on ereaders. The EPUB specification is a robust procedure for developing stunning ebooks for EPUB-capable readers akin to the iPad, corner, and Kindle. regrettably, it truly is faraway from excellent, with difficult obstacles, sketchy documentation, and incomplete production instruments. This generally researched advisor to making EPUB records by means of best-selling writer Elizabeth Castro exhibits you ways to organize EPUB documents, make the records glance nice at the monitor, paintings round EPUB weaknesses, and attach universal blunders. during this crucial booklet, Liz stocks her well-deserved adventure for a way to:
* Create EPUB records from latest Microsoft be aware or Adobe InDesign records, or from scratch.
* Tweak EPUB records to take complete good thing about the facility of EPUB in every one respective ereader.
* keep watch over spacing, indents, and margins.
* Insert photos and sidebars and wrap textual content round them.
* Create hyperlinks to exterior assets and cross-references to inner ones.
* upload video to ebooks for the iPad.
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In addition, if you paste the image before the related paragraph, although InDesign won’t automatically apply text wrap in an exported EPUB, it’ll make it easier for you to create text wrap manually, as described in “Working with images” in Chapter 4. Y Tip Z It’s a really good idea to name your images as simply as possible, with no spaces or punctuation other than - or _. This will keep file names as simple and compatible as possible upon export. Placing an image The most important thing to remember when placing images in an InDesign document that will be exported to EPUB is that everything must be in a single flow of content.
Be sure to get a text editor that supports GREP, which lets you use wildcards to turbocharge search and replace, and which is essential for massaging EPUB files. I’ll show you how to perform many EPUB-specific GREP techniques in this book. It’s very important that you use a text editor, and not Microsoft Word, for the rest of the steps in this chapter. Declaring the file to be XHTML, not HTML Word creates HTML files but EPUB requires XHTML files. Luckily, the two formats are very similar. The first major difference between them is the header at the top of the document.
Every XHTML file used for EPUB should begin with the above code. Declaring the character set The next requirement of an XHTML file that Word fails to meet is that it use the UTF-8 character set encoding. Word instead uses your system’s default character set encoding, which for the English language version of Windows is Windows-1252. In the Word generated HTML, it looks like this: Change the value of the charset variable to utf-8.
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