I am slowly working on a project to construct a publishing system that uses a web first interface to provide an editing environment which then leads to XML that can then be exported ready to be imported into a ready prepared InDesign template.
This screencast demonstrates the building of an international recipe book with contributions from various editors.
There is no direct way to get your content out of InDesign and into iBooks Author.
Please note that as of iBooks Author 2.2 you can insert chapters from an IDML file that has been exported from InDesign
What we have to do is to make use of a number of scripts added to InDesign to break down a single document into separated files and then extract the text. Lucky for us, iBooks Author can build a chapter from a Microsoft Word document and will even respect the styles built in Indesign!
iBooks Author is Apple's free software for creating eBooks for their own iBooks reader software for the iPad and iBooks on the MAC (Mavericks only).
The software is very easy to use but does have some limitations and tries (nay encourages you), to use an existing template for your design and layout. Once you understand how you can modify a template for your own purposes then a great deal of flexibility is available to you.
We look at our Shakespeare play (A Midsummer Night's Dream), built with iBooks Author and proofed on the iPad and iBooks on the MAC.
This is a partially complete work, but gives us an opportunity to show the structure and modes of viewing the eBook. This screencast serves as an introduction to iBooks Author, the free software from Apple. The next episode shows how the Shakespeare play appears in the authoring environment, before we then explore how to build a template for a Shakespeare play.
In the previous part, we added a master page header to to every page and used this to split the ePub.
Now we are unpacking the ePub and after creating a local Dreamweaver site, we edit the various files inside the ePub package.
Note that I am using a MAC with the latest OS (Mavericks) to do this work. This makes life easier since I can view the ePub file with Apple's iBooks app.
If you are working with a PC/Windows, then you can test the ePub with Readium within the Google Chrome browser.
Addendum: To make sure that the header (originally only on the master pages), will appear above the main text, make the header text box very wide so that it is the first item reading left to right. The articles will then put things in the correct order reading from top left.
Before we export to ePub from InDesign, there are some import issues to understand. To get the best results for the ePub, we must be sure to provide appropriate tags for paragraph, character and object styles.
We do this through the 'Export Tagging' panel of each of the style dialogues. This is also where we decide how InDesign will split the ePub.
Fo our convenience we can set all of these together through the 'Edit all Export Tags Panel'.
In our InDesign document all content needs to be attached to an appropriate style element.
We can use:
We then need tags that will be mapped to those elements. They can (optionally) be the same names as our InDesign styles. They may also come from a DTD uploaded to our InDesign file in the structure pane.
With a Shakespeare play in mind we have a DTD that we can import into InDesign. This provides us with the TAGS. If we name our styles with those same tags, we can 'map the syles to the tags' very easlily.
Unfortunately, InDesign does not provide us with the automation to map object styles, so we need to add those in to the structure.
Please NOTE: I no longer recommend the use of PDFXML Inspector from Adobe and this presentation covers the use of InDesign version CS5 not CS5.5 which has significant improvements in regard to ePUB export..
You may also want to watch the instructional screencast on the same subject.
I have done something similar before but here is a fresh look at building a simple InDesign document, adding some paragraph and character styles and tags - and then building a relationship between them.