This is a design book, not a set of software tutorials. It is assumed you know how to use InDesign CC. Graphic designers are often appalled by what they see in ebooks. PDFs are no real problem, as they work with them all the time. But ePUBs and MOBI versions seem like a weird type of book with the limits of Web design, plus no real possibility of typographic control.
It is true that ebooks have been a mess until the past couple of years. In some ways, they still are. However, InDesign CC has truly solved most of the problems. It always did export the best PDFs. Now it exports very good ePUB FXLs (fixed layout), reflowable ePUBs, and Kindle books (though it still takes a bit of work to fit Amazon's requirements).
Wonderful that all our problems are solved, right? Well, you know better than that. Each format requires a redesign to make it work well. But that is never going to change. This book shows you how to make the redesigns efficiently.
You never will be able to automatically repurpose a document for print, PDF, ePUB FXL, ePUB Reflowable, and Kindle book with excellence. Automation can only produce average quality. But you can quickly redesign your styles.
This book will show you how these books are put together. It will explain the format limitations. Then it will talk about what is possible and give you the freedom to add excellent typography within those parameters.
The book covers the creation of:
• Downloadable PDFs: These are also the basis of Kindle’s Textbook, or Print Replica, version
• Fixed layout ePUB FXLs: How they differ from PDFs, plus who accepts them & who does not
• Reflowable ePUBs: with embedded fonts or not, what does not work, and what you can do
• Kindle KF8: and Amazon’s new KFX format with Enhanced Typography
This book will tell you, who already know how to produce an excellent book design for print, how to convert that design to a downloadable color PDF, an ePUB FXL version, a reflowable version with embedded fonts, another without fonts, and a dumbed down Kindle version for those things Kindle can't handle yet.
The design portion is up to you. This book is written to provide solutions to those irritating ebook production problems, so you can design more freely.