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Indesign stops working after exporting epub with 1000+ footnotes

Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2024 Jan 08, 2024

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I have had this error before and  I found that converting footnotes to endnotes does the trick but not this time. For some reason, it only converts partially and not all the footnotes to endnotes so I am stuck figuring out how I can export an epub from this massive book. 

 

Any ideas?

Will most certainly appreciate all the help. 

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Jan 08, 2024 Jan 08, 2024

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Hi,

 

Sorry to hear about the trouble. Have you tried breaking down the documents or exporting in parts? If not, please try that. You can also share the version of InDesign & OS and if it's happening with a specific document, will it be possible for you to share it with us?

 

Thanks

Rishabh

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Jan 08, 2024 Jan 08, 2024

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Footnotes in EPUB export can be fragile. There are three things to try:

 

Close InDesign, then open in, immediately open the book file, and then try the export without doing any other operation (edit, reviewing, changing settings, etc.) I've had this workaround be effective too many times to count, especially with large or complex files.

 

Then try the general InDesign 'purge': export the document to IDML, then open that file and save it as a new INDD file under a new name. Re-try the export (again, as soon as you open the new file). That purges ID files of corruption, bloated content from undo, etc. and rewrites the structure, and often fixes prolblems with long-edited files that can have all kinds of small corruption faults.

 

Then try Rishabh's suggestion: export subsets of the book. Create a copy, delete the second half, try the export. No problem? Repeat and delete the first half. If one half or the other exhibits the fault, repeat the "by halves" process — ON FILE COPIES! — until you isolate a few footnotes that are apparently causing the issue. Then check all of those carefully.

 

If none of that works, report back, and be sure to specify your platform, OS, ID version and what EPUB export format and settings you're using.


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

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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 I was able to export it when I deleted all the footnotes. 😞
But this won't be possible since the author wants them included.

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There is no easy answer when footnotes or end notes cause problems. Work through the steps above; I don't know of a second path to a solution.


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

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