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Copy not flowing correctly in epub format

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Hi I'm trying to recreate a book as an epub document -it's very image heavy, but one issue I'm having is the copy looks fine in InDesign with no line breaks when I'm designing it, but when I export it as an epub (fixed layout) the pages break and the copy doesn't flow from page to page, resulting in broken sentences/paragraphs etc. I'm sure there's an easy explanation to this, so thought I'd start off here to see if anyone can help this epub novice...

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New Here , Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

Thank you that's very helpful, the book is actually image-lead, so it looks like a PDF is the way to go. I exported a PDF into an epub and it seems to be working well when in the Kindle app. Still a lot of trial and error! But thanks again for your help.

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Fixed-layout EPUB is a difficult and problematic format. In short, it either works or it doesn't; if if doesn't, there is not much you can do to fix it.

 

EPUB is also highly dependent on the reader used, and hardly any two render pages the same way. Even for a fixed layout, expecting the pages to exactly match the print layout is not realistic. (If you want perfect digital page images, use PDF... that's what it's for.)

 

EPUB requires meticulous attention to detail in the layout and styling of the InDesign document, including use of defined styles for everything, all elements anchored in a single text flow and absolutely no spot overrrides of things like font, color, spacing etc. Many things you can get away with for print or PDF (but shouldn't do anyway) will break on export to an electronic format like EPUB.

 

Since your book appears to be all text, I'd suggest you work to a reflowable layout instead. It's the proper format for modern e-books. Fixed-page export can seem like the simple and obvious choice, a parallel to PDF, but it's not: it's really something of a mess both technically and for readers to handle, and should only be used for "picture page" books like children's books and graphic novels. Books that are all or largely text are far better served by the 'liquid' reflowable format.

 

Here's a basic overview of EPUB requirements and issues: http://www.nitrosyncretic.com/DPR/dpr_indesign_epub_basics.php. There are some other essay/tutorials there as well.

 

Happy to answer questions.


╟ Word & InDesign to Kindle & EPUB: a Guide to Pro Results (Amazon) ╢

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Thank you that's very helpful, the book is actually image-lead, so it looks like a PDF is the way to go. I exported a PDF into an epub and it seems to be working well when in the Kindle app. Still a lot of trial and error! But thanks again for your help.

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