Endnote roundtripping in file exported to an ePub

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May 14, 2022 May 14, 2022

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Hi,

I am exporting an InDesign file to an ePub. The document has endnotes and I want readers to be able to tap an endnote number and be taken to the endnote and tap the endnote and be taken back to the reading place.

 

I cannot see a way to do this in InDesign. Any help would be most welcome, thanks in advance.

Rory

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The short answer is that links both directions should be included. Click the note, go to the note; click the note's number, go back to the reference point.

 

It may depend on the reader you're using; I'd suggest testing it in Thorium to see if it works there.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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Hi,
I am using Apple Books which usually works well. I shall try your suggestion thank you.
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Ah. Apple Books is... off the main track on a lot of subtle EPUB interpretation points. It may be worth taking steps to optimize a book for sale under iTunes, but you will often want/need two different final exports in that case — one for Apple, and one that presents optimally in Thorium or another very standard reader.

 

That will leave the book with quirks in many other variant readers, but that's a fault of the slack adherence to standards in the EPUB world. Aim for the core, standards-based readers and let everyone else do their own tech support. 🙂

 

Short form, though, is that InDesign does cross-link or round-trip both footnotes and endnotes in EPUB export. If it doesn't work, it's a reader issue or a corrupted document.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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