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Add a unique Class Name to the Body Tag in your ePub Chapters

This GREP will help you add a class name to the body tag – like this

<body class="page3">

You know – so you can add some special CSS styles to each chapter in the eBook you just exported from InDesign.

Or maybe for each page – if you are making a fixed layout ePub.

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Posted on 13 Mar 2014 around 9pm • Tagged with: eBooks | How I do things | Permanent link to this article

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Master Page items are ignored in ePub. TOC is on the pasteboard. Rule is used with an offset to create the background grey on the heading (ACT I). This needs to be put back with the background-color rule in the CSS of the ePub.

InDesign CC for print and ePub from the Same File?

Is it possible to use InDesign creatively so that the same file will produce good quality print (PDF) output, and then, with no modifications export for ePub3?

Often times, book publishers will have their design studios working with InDesign to produce PDFs for print output. At the end of that workflow, comes the decision to create an eBook version.

It is sometimes the case that the book designer has used InDesign in such a way that creating the eBook by exporting from InDesign is impractical unless the file is re-worked, with changes to the styling rules; the removal of style overides, the choice of a different font, the anchoring of pictures etc etc.

Through work conducted with my students on a Masters programme in Digital Publishing (OICPS), I have been exploring this challenge, since their stepping through the sequence of assignments goes from PDF for print > to ePub3 re-flowable (and beyond to a fixed-layout version). Phew!

What are the pitfalls and can book designers change their habits so publishers will not need to outsource this work?

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Posted on 06 Mar 2014 around 11am • Tagged with: eBooks | Education | Publishing | Permanent link to this article

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Skeuomorphic eBooks - do you miss them?

With the latest version of iBooks for Apple's iOS7 comes the total disappearance of the 'look of the book'. No more pseudo leather look cover or page edges; no more shaded spine, nor even the wooden bookcase for your library.

Apple's decision to do this falls in to line with the re-design of iOS - making for a much simpler (minimalist - you might say) look and feel. Much of the shine and shadows on any icons and objects has gone.

When it comes to the iBooks app, there are some issues that need addressing and I am disappointed that publishers have lost some element of control. Strange things happen when you compare re-flowable with fixed layout though!

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Posted on 03 Jan 2014 around 12pm • Tagged with: Design | eBooks | Permanent link to this article

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Here is a scrollable page linked from within the fixed-layout ePub.

Non-Linear Content in Fixed-Layout ePub

Being able to link to content within an eBook package but not have that content navigable by any other means is a very useful feature supported in re-flowable eBooks within the iBooks app on Apple iOS devices.

In my book on eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks, I demonstrate this feature for tables, scrolling text and even PDFs. Unfortunately, it was not possible to use this feature in fixed-layout ePub eBooks destined for the iBooks app.

Or so I thought! I have recently discovered that the latest version of the iBooks app on iOS7 does support it even though, Apple's own documentation says that it does not!

Edit: See below - it does work on earlier versions of iBooks /iOS

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Posted on 01 Jan 2014 around 3pm • Tagged with: eBooks | Permanent link to this article

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Here we see a page from a new edition of 'eBook Typography' - yet to be released.

Balancing Long Lines in Headings

InDesign has a feature for paragraph styles; Balance Ragged Lines.

This is a very useful style attribute, because text in headings can look very uncomfortable if left to break naturally.

Unfortunatately there is nothing currently in CSS that gives us the power to balance our lines of text. I was always dissapointed to find that my eBooks did not mirror the settings in InDesign, and I was always resigned to the fact that text would break in a heading and then leave, possibly just one word on the following line.

But then I came across a post on the Adobe Web Platform blog.

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Posted on 30 Dec 2013 around 11am • Tagged with: eBooks | Typography | Permanent link to this article

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