Lessons 6-9 (ePUB)

Thes last few lessons were very short, straight forward and just exporting and getting the finished document ready for different ePUB devices.

Lesson 6 went over the general exporting options for ePUB documents in the “Export Options Dialog Box.” Basically I went over each sections within the dialog box, so that I would have a better understanding of how and when to use them.

One of the more important things Anne-Marie Concepcion pointed out was in Lesson 7 “Previewing and Validating ePUB files.” She said while it is important to proof read the document in InDesign, it’s even more important to proofread it on the devices others will view it on because you may have to create a separate ePUB for that specific device.

To do this, I would have to preview the export ePUB on those devices and Dropbox is the smoothest way to do this on any device.

Lesson 8 was about converting my ePUB for other ebook formats. While iBooks can open up ePUBs, Kindle opens .mobi files. To open in Kindle I would need to convert my ePUBs into Kindle Format 8, or KF8.

To be able to preview the ePUB in Kindle format, you would need the Kindle Previewer that can be dowloaded both for Windows PC or Mac.

In Kindle Previewer, just click on “Open Book” link then find the ePUB and it will compile it into mobi, or KF8 format.

In the images above, the left image is the book Robinson Crusoe’s Money that I have been working on in InDesign. After validating the document with ePUB checker then converting it to mobi, the right image shows the document in Kindle Preview.

It’s important to know that you will need to constantly stay up to date on the guidelines not just for Kindle, but other e-readers in order to successfully publish books to different outlets.