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Making eBooks

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

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