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)

Have you heard about Adobe Muse?

Have you heard about Adobe Muse?

Sep 02

Adobe released Muse, from the Creators of InDesign, as a public beta. Muse lets anyone design and build websites without needing to write a line of code. Even if you have never created a website before, anyone who has a working knowledge of InDesign will feel right at home and should be able to create their own website very quickly. While Muse may seem like a new application, it should feel quite familiar to everyone using InDesign since some of the engineers that work on InDesign have also worked on Muse. In fact, former InDesign Product Manager Michael Ninness worked on Muse before leaving Adobe to work at Lynda.com.


If you want to see Muse in action, have a look at this video that takes you through a quick preview of the Muse Beta:

Digital Publishing Suite

Digital Publishing Suite

May 05

InDesign CS5.5 is now available! A ready-to-deploy tablet publishing solution that allows publishers to quickly publish content to the iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook or a host of Android devices. Buy and order InDesign CS5.5 at: http://adobe.ly/buyIDUS. Or take InDesign CS5.5 for a test drive by downloading your free trial to learn more about folio producer tools, eBook authoring, linked text & more: http://adobe.ly/IDTryUS.

Digital Publishing Suite

Digital Publishing Suite

InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

Mar 21

If you are interesting in create eBooks in EPUB format for Kindle and iPad, have a look in the tutorial “Lynda.com – InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad” from Anne-Marie Concepción. It shows publishers and designers how to use the software they already use to create print books and apply it to the emerging eBook market. The course shows how to prepare existing InDesign files for optimal EPUB and Kindle conversion, as well as how to design new projects for a dual print/eBook output, and apply professional text formatting, add links, and include search engine-friendly metadata. Instructions are also included for validating EPUB and Kindle files and setting up accounts at the major ebook distribution channels, including the Apple iBookstore, as well as selling ebooks directly to readers.

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.

Free Amazon Kindle plug-in for Adobe InDesign

Free Amazon Kindle plug-in for Adobe InDesign

Oct 31

Amazon has released a free plug-in that export InDesign documents and books to Kindle format. The Kindle for Adobe InDesign (Beta) works with InDesign CS4 and CS5 in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.5 (“experimental” i.e. YMMV) and 10.6. Mac users are advised to run Security Update 2010-005 before installing the plug-in.

You can download the PDF Help and Release Notes here.

Installing the plug-in adds an Export for Kindle item in the File and Book panel menus.

Kindle Plug-in

In the Kindle Export Options dialog box, you can specify TOC, cover, and title options, and choose to view the export. Click Help to download the Help and Release Notes PDF.

Kindle

Then the file will be saved in .mobi format.

To ckeck the results of your export document use the Kindle Previewer application.

Kindle Previewer

InDesign CS4 plugins

InDesign CS4 plugins

Jan 29

Você continua trabalhando com QuarXPress e tem medo de mudar pro InDesign por problemas de compatibilidade com o Quark? Pois saiba que Markzware vende um plugin (Q2ID) que converte arquivos Quark para InDesign, de maneira fácil, rápida e não muito cara para quem quer mudar de um programa a outro. A conversão permite, em um só click usando o comando de abrir documento. Este plugin converte arquivos de Quark de versões 3-8 para InDesign CS3 e CS4. É bastante preciso e raramente será necessário fazer algum ajuste.

Rorohiko também fez um upgrade no seu plugin Lightning Brain Text Exporter, e como o nome sugere, permite exportar TODO o texto em um só documento, não só um cada vez como o comando incorporado no InDesign.

Do mesmo fabricante, se pode conseguir o Color2Gray, que permite converter fotos à cores em branco e preto sem modificar o original. Quando impresso à quatro cores, essa imágem só aparecerá no filme do preto.