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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.