This article is part of a series about creating and publishing reflowable electronic publication (EPUB) documents from InDesign files. Reflowable EPUBs are the most popular e-reader format for digital books and magazines, allowing the reader to optimize the content depending on the display device.
As you create a reflowable EPUB from your finished InDesign file, the most important thing is to make it navigable and to make sure that pictures and other elements travel along with their accompanying text instead of getting orphaned somewhere that makes no sense.
There are a few ways you need to prepare your InDesign document for EPUB export:
- First, always use InDesign’s Paragraph, Character, and Object styles. These are the signposts that EPUB export uses to make your document unified, consistent, and navigable.
- Second, decide on the order of your elements. Keep stories connected, flowing from frame to frame and from page to page.
- Third, anchor every image to its related text so it moves correspondingly as it reflows. No text wrap can be applied in EPUB, so use not Text Wrap specs in the document you are preparing to export.
If you are going to publish a book with multiple chapters, consider making each chapter a separate file and then merging all of the files into a single InDesign book file. A book file is a collection of documents that can share styles, swatches, master pages, and other items. When exported, each book becomes a separate chapter, with an easy-to-configure table of contents. InDesign books will be discussed later in this blog series.
In our next article, Creating a Table of Contents Using InDesign Paragraph Styles, we will discuss how to create a table of contents in InDesign using Paragraph Styles. Upon export, the EPUB will use the Table of contents you created.
To learn more about InDesign books, see Working with InDesign book files in lynda.com’s InDesign CC 2015: EPUB Fundamentals with Anne-Marie Concepción (lynda.com subscribers only).