Guidelines to create Amazon’s Kindle Publishing in InDesign

Guidelines to create Amazon’s Kindle Publishing in InDesign

Sep 05

Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines for Kindle Plug-in for Adobe InDesign 0.93Amazon has released a document called the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines for Kindle Plug-in for Adobe InDesign 0.93. It has detailed guidelines, with screenshots and clear instructions, on how to optimize your InDesign files for the Kindle file format (MOBI) prior to uploading to the Kindle store for sale.

Technically, the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines for InDesign document is actually a how-to guide for using their free and recently updated Export to Kindle plug-in for InDesign, which works with CS4, CS5, and CS5.5. The plug-in appears in the File menu as Export for Kindle and also in the Books panel menu, if you want to export an entire InDesign book (INDB) to Kindle format.

The plug-in is smart enough to convert InDesign page breaks (the special character you insert from the File > Insert Break Character menu) to chapter breaks in the Kindle book it exports. The guidelines even suggest that you use the Keeps setting of “Start on Next Page” in a paragraph style so you don’t have to enter the break character manually, and the plug-in will follow through. InDesign’s own EPUB export can’t do that.

It’s the same plug-in for CS4 through CS5.5,  so other than the special tricks added by the plug-in itself, it uses the lowest common denominator of CS4’s INDD > EPUB features for the heavy lifting. For CS5.5 users that means the Export to Kindle plug-in ignores the Articles panel and Object Export Options settings. If you want to use those features, you’ll need to export to EPUB first, then use other free software from Amazon (KindleGen or Kindle Previewer, links below) and third parties (such as Calibre) to convert the stand-alone EPUB to MOBI.

But remember, the Export to Kindle plug-in is still in beta, and you are most welcome to chime in to the Kindle Direct Publishing forums with your thoughts about its feature set and usability.

To get more information from Amazon:

• Kindle Direct Publishing portal (for authors and small-medium publishers)
• KDP Forums• Discussion thread about the new 0.93 Export to Kindle plug-in• Kindle Publishing Guidelines (general), a PDF
• Kindle Publishing Guidelines for InDesign/the Kindle plug-in, a ZIP file
• Bookmark this page: Kindle publishing software downloads (includes links to the plug-in)

InDesign-to-eBook Books

InDesign-to-eBook Books

Nov 01

Many of us are now beginning to create eBooks from InDesign—either for ourselves or for our clients. It feels a little like a being on a new frontier. You’ll be happy to know that there are some new resources available on creating eBooks from InDesign. There are two new eBooks (one also a printed book) you should definitely know about.

Rufus Deuchler’s How to Create an eBook with Adobe InDesign

Rufus Deuchler’s How to Create an eBook with Adobe InDesign

Rufus Deuchler is a world-class designer who was recruited to be a Senior Worldwide Evangelist for Creative Solutions by Adobe. Now working independently, he has published this eBook available for Kindle from Amazon.com which just became available a couple days ago. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read this on Kindle for Mac, Kindle for Windows, or Kindle on the iPhone or iPad!)

Rufus brings to the task a designer’s perspective and a deep knowledge of InDesign. So it’s strongest on how to use InDesign’s features to prepare a document for eBook publishing. For example, he has strong sections on creating hyperlinks and cross-references, how (and when) to use XML tagging to determine export order, graphic export formats, and what’s new in InDesign CS5 (the main focus of the book). He recommends an open source application called Sigil for editing the resulting ePub files. The eBook is very up-to-date and covers InDesign CS5 7.0.3. It discusses only InDesign, and not other ways of creating eBooks.

Elizabeth Castro’s EPUB: Straight to the Point. Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders

Elizabeth Castro’s EPUB: Straight to the Point. Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders

Elizabeth Castro is an author of computer books on HTML, XHTML & CSS and other computer languages. She published an eBook in August available from her website (ePub) and also as in Kindle format or paperback from Peachpit Press available from Amazon.com and other sources.

The strengths of Elizabeth’s eBook/book are that it provides a great deal of information about the CSS and XHTML which is exported by InDesign, and also how these can be modified. She provides sample InDesign and ePub files on her website which are helpful for viewing to see how she accomplishes various formatting tasks. She covers working in Microsoft Word as well as InDesign. She has a bias toward preparing ePub files for the iPad and the iBook application, and provides technical information about their requirements not available elsewhere. She gives instructions on using the Macintosh Terminal application for rezipping ePub files after modification.

iBooks Store da Apple escolhe o formato standard ePub

iBooks Store da Apple escolhe o formato standard ePub

Jan 29

Steve Jobs anunciou esta semana o lançamento de um novo produto: iPad. Você pode ver o iPad em ação e ler mais sobre os seus detalhes na página web da Apple. Esse produto só estará a venda em aproximadamente 2 meses.

Para mim que sempre trabalhei na área editorial, houveram 3 notícias interessantes, a primeira é o lançamento da aplicação iBooks que roda no iPad:


A segunda é o iBook Store (parecido com a Apps Store) onde você poderá baixar publicações digitais e ler à cores no programa iBooks.

E a terceira é o fato de que os iBooks serão em formato ePub.

O formato ePub (do inglês para electronic publication) é um formato standard e open source para publicações digitais e o mais popular que existe, sendo suportado por editoras como Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan e Hachette Book Group. Além disso, pode ser criado com Adobe InDesign.


Para se ter uma idéia de como criar uma publicação em ePub, um bom lugar para começar são os 3 guias da Adobe chamados Producing EPUB eBooks from InDesign.