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Old 11-21-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I'm glad to see this forum is still here, I haven't been here in a while.

After a long (13 months!) search, I finally found a job last April. My background is in print production, which is why it took me so long to find work. In the words of Bruce Springsteen, "these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back."

I finally landed at a company called Zinio LLC. We do digital books and magazines. My job is largely traffic which, oddly enough, I enjoy, though I do miss doing hands-on production.

Anyway, my job is all about getting reflow text onto the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Zinio has proprietary software that does this, more or less.

In my "real" life, I need to produce an ePub using InDesign CS5. Does anyone here have any experience with this? I have questions...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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michelen: After a long (13 months!) search, I finally found a job last April.
Congrats!!!! and welcome back...'-}}

I don't know anything about ePub but I'll bet someone does...

Happy Turkey Day to you too...

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Old 11-22-2010, 04:03 AM   #3
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I am presenting working on getting my print edition books into epub format. I am working on doing the second book. So far I was able to get it into .html format using Expression Web. I considered using Dreamweaver which is by Adobe, but I have a preference from Expression Web because of using Word 2007 for the print edition books.

I tried some of the instant reformatting software but found that extraneous codes were still in the file when I uploaded to W3C inspector, so I opted to remove all the formatting from the .docx files and then format in .html from scratch using Expression Web.

One thing I found was that when removing the entire formatting one should move the original .docx file into Notepad ++ or any other .txt program. This really strips off any extraneous codes and allows you to begin with a completely code-clean file.

Then you can set up the formatting in Expression Web or Dreamweaver or even Indesign, even though I do not use Indesign.

By the way Microsoft’s equivalent of Indesign is Publisher.

The problem that arose for me once I got the file reformatted was the index. In order to index a book one has to bookmark and hyperlink every individual entry.
That is the only part which takes patience and huge amount of attention but if you need no index,then that consideration is out. All the devices like Kindle and Nook have bookmarking features which the reader can use to create their own markers, so perhaps an index would be superfluous, all depending on the particular book.
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There was an earlier thread on this forum about this, which included links to an Adobe "How-to" guide.
From what I can remember, you need to divide each chapter into separate documents (perhaps within a "book"); just have one big text frame with everything in it, including images embedded in the text.
No headers or footers.

"Microsoft’s equivalent of Indesign is Publisher"
That's stretching the boundaries of equivalence, isn't it...?
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"Microsoft’s equivalent of Indesign is Publisher"
That's stretching the boundaries of equivalence, isn't it...?
In a way it is but that is their equivalent. And unless it is something real technical, it does do the job. If you just need a ruler then a micrometer might be too much.

Pretty much an eBook file is a single web page, while a .pdf for print is several pages of a book. Page numbers are all but irrelevant in an eBook file.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:56 AM   #6
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IIf you just need a ruler then a micrometer might be too much.
Conversely, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail...!
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Conversely, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail...!

so true
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Conversely, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail...!
Or in my fumble fingered case, everything looks like a thumb. (-:

   
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benwiggy: There was an earlier thread on this forum about this, which included links to an Adobe "How-to" guide.
Thanks for mentioning that as I'd forgotten and I did a search and found the thread--scroll down the postings to find John Spragen's post with the Adobe how-to links:

"The making of an e-Book"

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