How to preserve paragraph indentation when exporting to EPUB

Community Beginner ,
Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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I've created a book in InDesign using the paragraph style for paragraph indents, no tabs, but when I export it all my indents disappear and everything is flush left. How do I get the paragraph indents to survive the export?

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Community Beginner , Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
I think I figured it out. I used the Basic Paragraph Style to format my paragraphs, but when I created a new paragraph style and used that in place of the Basic Paragraph Style, it worked. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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Can you please provide a little more information…

  • EPUB (Reflowable) or EPUB (Fixed Layout)
  • Version 2 or Version 3
  • etc...

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Reflowable. Epub 3. 

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To be clear, you indented your paragraphs using a Paragraph Style that included a first line indent and you didn't use tabs or keyboard spaces for the indent?

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That is correct. I also used the export tagging. The image shows the indent settings and the Export Tags. The next shows what it looks like in Indesign and how it comes out in Epub with everything flush left. I need to have the paragraphs indented so readers can tell where the paragraph separationsimage.png are.

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I think I figured it out. I used the Basic Paragraph Style to format my paragraphs, but when I created a new paragraph style and used that in place of the Basic Paragraph Style, it worked. 

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Well done!

Reflowable ePubs are full of trip-ups.

Don't forget to validate your ePub and test it on various devices and readers.

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Thanks. I will.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Hi Derek. Please could you eloborate on the solution to this issue. I'm having a similar issue and just cannot get the text to flow properly. 
I have attached a PDF (2 pages) showing the results and settings I'm using.
Your advise would be very much appreciated.

 

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Under your Paragraph style for the text under the Indents and Spacing tab, increase the First Line Indent.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Thank you. I have set the indents at 15mm (which look huge in In Design) but look OK in epub.
But no matter how large I make the 'leading' or 'space between paragraph' they will not alter. 
I could probably run it as it is but I'm sure from seeing a few videos online that a better result can be achieved by exporting from In Design.

Any ideas?

 

Thanks again

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Increase the "Space After" in the text Paragraph Style.

(From a design point of view, it is customary to have paragraphs separated by an indent or line spacing, not both.)

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Thanks Derek. Seems to be behaving now.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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As noted in the other topic, ID measurements and EPUB (expecially Kindle) measurements are quite different. You either have to use very large ID spacing, or CSS to override and set paragraph spacing to an optimal value for Kindle.

 

The ratio is 1pt of ID measurement to 1 pixel of effective screen resolution, which is usually 144ppi for Kindle. Thus a very large 12pt/1 pica space turns into a mere 6 pixels of Kindle display.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (v2 now on Amazon!)

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