EPUB 2.0 has become the de facto standard for eBook publishing. The relative simplicity of the format and the use of well-known standards make it practical to start publishing to platforms such as Apple’s iBookStore and the Amazon Kindle with a relatively low initial cost.
While it’s not absolutely mandatory, this class is not intended for people brand new to InDesign. If you’ve never created an InDesign document before, we’d suggest our introductory 2-day InDesign class as a prerequisite.
Creating an ePub Document to Read in iBooks
You can export any Pages word processing document to the ePub file format for reading in an ePub reader, such as the iBooks application on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Documents created in page layout templates can’t be exported to the ePub format.
Documents exported to ePub format will look different than their Pages counterparts. If you want to get the best document fidelity between the Pages and ePub formats, style your Pages document with paragraph styles and other formatting attributes allowed in an ePub file. A sample document is provided on the Apple Support site that features styles and guidelines to help you create a Pages document that’s optimized for export to the ePub file format, which you can use as a template or a guide. To learn more about using paragraph styles in Pages, see the topics under the heading “Working with Styles” in the Pages built-in help.
To read your ePub document in iBooks on your mobile device, you must transfer the ePub file that you create onto your device.
At Digital Book World, we’re always looking to find more data on our rapidly evolving industry. At the Digital Book World Conference, happening on January 23-25th in New York, we’ll be presenting lots of up to the minute data from sources like Kearney/BookRepublic, Verso, Bowker, Forrester, and others. But since the pace of change in digital has accelerated so quickly, it is often hard to see how far the industry has come. That’s why the results of Aptara’s third-annual ebook survey of publishers from 2009 to 2011, released today, provide unprecedented insight into ebooks’ real impact on book publishers’ production and business models. The survey represents over 1,300 book publishers from the Trade, Education, Professional, and Corporate markets. The report documents ebook trends, challenges, and strategies that have emerged since Aptara’s first survey in 2009
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