Length: 2 Days

Cost: $975

Time: 9am - 4pm

Free Retakes: 8 Months

Upcoming Dates:

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Adobe InDesign ePUB: Creating and Publishing eBooks

  • Feb 23 - 25
  • May 11 - 13
  • Aug 3 - 5


Unavailable: Adobe InDesign CS5.5 ePUB: Creating and Publishing eBooks

Class Description

This 2 day class will teach you to use Adobe InDesign to create ePubs for iPad and Kindle. Setting up paragraph and character styles, working with CSS, creating links and the entire process of creating ePubs will be covered. You will also learn how to work with XHTML, XML and CSS files.

Class Prerequisites

Adobe InDesign Level 1 or equivalent experience.

InDesign ePUB: Creating and Publishing eBooks

*Students should have InDesign skills prior to taking this class

What is EPUB?

  • Differences and similarities between different electronic books
  • Using Adobe InDesign to create EPUB’s
  • Understanding the Unique Identifier Metadata Field

The art of repurposing content for ePub

  • The technical side: Basic HTML, XHTML and CSS
  • Understanding how InDesign generates code for ePub
  • A publishers approach to learning basic code

Using Adobe InDesign to create EPUB’s

  • Utilizing InDesign styles for EPUB
  • Setting up Presets
  • File structure of an EPUB
  • Understanding the continuous flow of text and images
  • Importing graphics and the importance of JPG and GIF files over PNG
  • Adding images and links
  • Developing navigational Table of Contents
  • Using Table of Contents stylesUnzipping an EPUB
  • Understanding files that make up EPUBS: Mimetypes, META-INF
  • Working with XHTML, XML and CSS files
  • Writing and editing the content.opf file
  • Maximizing searchability

Advanced EPUB Formatting

  • Zipping and testing files
  • Understanding CSS
  • Ensuring readers are taking advantage of your CSS
  • How InDesign Paragraph and Character Styles map to CSS Styles
  • Cleaning up the InDesign XHTML
  • Controlling text alignment and keeping elements together
  • Creating sidebars, borders and backgrounds
  • Adding links and tables
  • Accommodating for different screen sizes
  • Creating an index
  • Incorporating video into your EPUB
  • Automated Chapter Breaks
  • Creating hyperlinks and cross-references
  • Using XML to define the reading order


  • Validating your EPUB file
  • Differences between publishing to iPad, Android, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
  • Getting the EPUB to the iPad and Kindle