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EPUB: Creating eBooks with Adobe Indesign Training Course Synopsis

This InDesign to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad, shows publishers, designers, and production staff how to use the software they already use to create print books—InDesign—for the emerging ebook market. Beginning with an overview of digital publishing for the ebook marketplace, the course demonstrates how to prepare existing InDesign files for optimal EPUB and Kindle conversion. The course covers applying professional text formatting, validating EPUBs, and incorporating search-engine friendly metadata, as well as setting up publisher accounts at the major ebook distribution channels and selling ebooks directly to readers through an e-commerce site. While not required to attend we strongly suggest that students bring their personal e-reader such as an iPad or Kindle to test projects on.

InDesign eBooks Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Prerequisites for this EPUB Training Course

While it’s not absolutely mandatory, this class is not intended for people brand new to InDesign. If you’ve never created an InDesign document before, we’d suggest our introductory 2-day InDesign class as a prerequisite.

What You Will Learn in This EPUB: Creating ebooks with Adobe Indesign Training Course

  • Understanding ebooks and ebook publishing
  • Examining the EPUB format
  • Using layout order, the Articles panel, and XML tags to manage content flow
  • Formatting with paragraph and character styles
  • Creating a cover image
  • Optimizing images
  • Exporting InDesign content to an EPUB
  • Including drop caps, pull quotes, and text wraps
  • Acquiring an ISBN for ebooks
  • Converting an EPUB to Kindle, iBookstore, and Nook formats
  • Distributing ebooks with resellers and aggregators

EPUB: Creating ebooks with Adobe Indesign Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Enrollment in EPUB: Creating ebooks with Adobe Indesign

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

EPUB: Creating ebooks with Adobe Indesign Locations

We have training centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for EPUB: Creating ebooks with Adobe Indesign

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Lesson 1

  • Making Your First eBook
  • Exporting an EPUB (the main eBook file format)
  • Previewing the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions
  • Creating a table of contents
  • Anchoring Images into the Text Flow
  • Anchoring images to control their position in the eBook
  • Setting custom object export options
  • Anchoring images with captions Issues when anchoring groups
  • Controlling the rasterizing of anchored objects

Lesson 2

  • Cover Art, Book Metadata, & Expanding EPUBs
  • Adding important metadata about the eBook Adding cover art
  • Expanding an EPUB to see inside Viewing an EPUB in iBooks for Mac
  • Creating Chapter Breaks with Paragraph Styles & Books
  • Splitting an EPUB based on multiple paragraph styles
  • Splitting an EPUB with the Book feature Creating an InDesign Book & adding chapters
  • Creating Links (Internal & External)
  • Creating links to external websites Creating internal links using cross-references
  • Creating internal links using hyperlink destinations
  • Styling (Font/Size) & Structure (Headings/Paragraphs)
  • Defining how styles translate into
  • HTML tags
  • Fonts & type size
  • Font licensing for eBooks

Lesson 3

  • Paragraph Rules, Background Colors, & Margin/Padding
  • Adding paragraph rules (borders)
  • using CSS
  • Adding background colors
  • Margin vs. padding
  • Unzipping an EPUB to edit the files Rezipping an EPUB
  • Making Additional Refinements to the EPUB
  • Changing fixed width images to flexible width
  • Fixing the image height for some eReaders Adjusting the space around lists
  • Fixing the styling of hyperlinks
  • Dealing with Bad Breaks & Hyphenation
  • Disabling unwanted hyphenation Keeping items together (avoiding page breaks)
  • Using GREP to find/replace
  • EPUB Validation
  • Validating EPUB files
  • Deleting the iTunesMetadata.plist file

Lesson 4

  • Converting to the Kindle Format (Mobi/KF8)
  • Converting an EPUB into a Mobi/KF8 file for the Amazon Kindle
  • Converting using Kindlegen (built into the Kindle Previewer)
  • Previewing using Kindle Previewer (a Kindle emulator)
  • CSS media-queries to target Mobi or KF8
  • Adding Audio
  • Adding audio in InDesign
  • Fixing InDesign’s code so audio works on the Nook Tablet
  • MP3 versus M4A audio files
  • Adding Video
  • Adding video in InDesign
  • A trick for importing .m4v files on Mac
  • Fixed Layout EPUBs with Animations & Slideshows
  • How fixed layout & reflowable EPUBs are different
  • Adding animation
  • Adding a slideshow

Lesson 5

  • Alt Text for Images
  • What is alt text?
  • Pulling alt text from the metadata of linked graphics
  • Adding metadata to images in Adobe Bridge Using a script to set all images to use metadata for alt text
  • Controlling Document Flow Using the Articles Panel
  • Creating articles


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

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