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Scrolling Text Frame in Fixed-Layout ePub

From Indesign

First things: I am not using the overlays feature of InDesign.

It is not possible to add scrolling text fields in a reflowable ePUB, but with the fixed layout format we can add a text box on a page and include (almost) as much scrolling text as you like.

Here are the instructions to create a vertical scrolling text for the ePUB(Fixed Layout).

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Filed Under: Making eBooks

Duration: 00:10:27

From Reflowable to Fixed-Layout ePub with Bells and Whistles

Lets add some animation and multimedia

We can add a few compleling details to our fixed-layout eBook. Animation and image sequences are useful additions.

We know that we can add multimedia (audio and video) to our reflowable eBooks, but in this screencast we add audio that is invoked when we click or touch an object.

If we are keen to add video, then we show how to change the poster image from another location within the video.

Note: The recipes and some content in this sample eBook work is NOT my own and I am only using for demonstration purposes.

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Filed Under: Making eBooksReflowable to Fixed eBook of recipes

Duration: 00:16:59

From Reflowable to Fixed-Layout ePub

We did the reflowable recipe book, now lets look at the fixed-layout options.

We have already been through making a reflowable eBook; digital native, no intention to make a print version. This meant that we worked in InDesign on single pages, no spreads, and we set the pages up to simulate an iPad view of the finished eBook.

If we now want to consider the fixed-layout version, what are our options for this format?

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Filed Under: Making eBooksReflowable to Fixed eBook of recipes

Duration: 00:21:42

InDesign to iBooks Author (part 2)

Part 2 of the 2 part screencast

Now we have created seperate IDML files from InDesign we need to import these into an iBooks Author template.

We need to understand something about the structure of an iBooks Author file and how this relates to the structure of the content we have in InDesign.

This screencast is almost 30 minutes long.... sorry!

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Filed Under: Making eBooksInDesign to iBooks Author

Duration: 00:29:06

Ambient Sound in Fixed-layout eBook

Just for Apple iBooks

When we place audio on the page of a fixed-layout eBook, we cannot expect it to contiunue to play when the page is turned. Simply, each page is a new XHTML document, so audio (or any media) will stop on leaving that page.

If we want to get audio to continue to play as we turn the pages, we need to modify the markup inside the ePub package after we have exported from InDesign.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking eBooks

Duration: 00:11:09

From ePUB reflowable to Kindle

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.

We may learn that there are some shortcomings and we may still need to return to the ePub for some adjustments before (once again) using a conversion tool.

Amazon make available the tools for the conversion on the web site here.

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Filed Under: Making eBooks

Duration: 00:11:40

Edit the ePub after Export from InDesign

Once we have exported the reflowable ePub from InDesign we can edit the CSS. First we need to unpack the ePub file and use a text editor to edit the main CSS file.

The objective is to get out own version of the CSS file so that we can use this later when we re-export from InDesign.

This screencast uses Textwangler to edit the ePub. Look back through the screencasts and you can see how we can use Dreamweaver to do something very similar.

We edit the CS to add a background to a heading and remove the forced page break that is generating a blank page.

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Filed Under: CSS and HTMLInDesignMaking eBooks

Duration: 00:11:27

Web First Workflow System for Publishing

a work in progress

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.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking eBooksXML

Duration: 00:20:12

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 4 Ways

We view 4 different versions of the Play on the iPad

Edit: Please note that Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite is NO longer an option since this has now been replaced by a different product.

Here is a big decision.

You want to turn Shakespeare's Play A Midsummer Night's Dream into a fancy digital product for the iPad (and other tablet devices possibly).

What are the choices?

Let's have a look at some different versions on the iPad.

I provide a table below the screencast with the various options explained.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking eBooks

Duration: 00:15:16

From InDesign to iBooks Author

Episode 3 of an introduction to iBooks Author

There is no direct way to get your content out of InDesign and into iBooks Author.

[edit] 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!

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking eBooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:18:18

Using iBooks Author - episode 2

We look at creating the Shakespeare play with iBooks Author

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.

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Filed Under: Making eBooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:09:45

Using iBooks Author - episode 1

Introduction using a work in progress on the iPad

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.

Please note that since this Screencast iBooks Author no longer refers to a Portrait View, but rather a scrolling view which can be invoked in either landscape or portrait view on the iPad with iBooks.

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Filed Under: Making eBooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:08:04

Building a Fixed-Layout ePub3 from InDesign (part 2)

We Use Dreamweaver to edit the ePub Package files

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.

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Filed Under: CSS and HTMLInDesignMaking eBooks

Duration: 00:25:10

Building a Fixed-Layout ePub3 from InDesign (part 1)

I am using InDesignCC 9.2

We start with a Shakespeare play (Midsummer Night's Dream) set up in InDesign with pages good for print and previously exported as a reflowable ePub3.  

We make use of master page items to split the document into separate HTML documents and use the Articles panel to order the content on export to ePub.

The next part of this screencast will cover editing the insides of the ePub package so that it will conform to the ePub3 Fixed-Layout format.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking eBooks

Duration: 00:22:41

eBook Typography

A presentation that cover aspects of my book

I walk through the issues when creating eBooks.

  • Can you embed fonts?
  • What Space is available?
  • What is the Page?
  • Special Effects
  • and more

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Filed Under: Making eBooks

Duration: 00:37:31

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