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Hi I am trying to generate and ebook in InDesign, it is a product brochure so will need links, chapers,

My first few questions are;

1. Am I better saving each chapter as a speparte InDesign document and then linking them as chapters (any advice on how would be wonderful) or shoudl i jusy create one long running document? If so how do I chapter it up?

2. What is the easiest way to create a TOC?

I'm sure I will have more as the project evolv

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1. Am I better saving each chapter as a speparte InDesign document and then linking them as chapters (any advice on how would be wonderful) or shoudl i jusy create one long running document? If so how do I chapter it up?

How long is your file? This question really comes down to the length of your document, and your comfort level using the InDesign book features. I prefer to work with multiple chapters in a book, but I've been doing this a long time and I understand how books work. There will be a learning curve if you decide to move to a book, or you can just create the entire thing in a single .indd file.

 

In the single-file scenario, you will indicate new chapters by setting up a paragraph style with a name like ChapterTitle with auto-numbering on to auto-number the heads (i.e., Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3) and a page break to force the heading to start at the top of a page. 

 

2. What is the easiest way to create a TOC?

In either scenario, use Layout > Table of Contents to generate a TOC (just be sure to enable the Include Book Documents checkbox if you decide to use a book). Select the various heading styles (like the ChapterTitle style described above) and InDesign will locate all of the heads for you and type them up in a list with their appropriate page numbers. As you update the document, just update the TOC to pick up the latest edits. 

 

~Barb

 

Resources:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-table-contents.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-book-files.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/export-content-epub-cc.html

 

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Creating my First Ebook

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Hi I am trying to generate and ebook in InDesign, it is a product brochure so will need links, chapers,

My first few questions are;

1. Am I better saving each chapter as a speparte InDesign document and then linking them as chapters (any advice on how would be wonderful) or shoudl i jusy create one long running document? If so how do I chapter it up?

2. What is the easiest way to create a TOC?

I'm sure I will have more as the project evolv

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

1. Am I better saving each chapter as a speparte InDesign document and then linking them as chapters (any advice on how would be wonderful) or shoudl i jusy create one long running document? If so how do I chapter it up?

How long is your file? This question really comes down to the length of your document, and your comfort level using the InDesign book features. I prefer to work with multiple chapters in a book, but I've been doing this a long time and I understand how books work. There will be a learning curve if you decide to move to a book, or you can just create the entire thing in a single .indd file.

 

In the single-file scenario, you will indicate new chapters by setting up a paragraph style with a name like ChapterTitle with auto-numbering on to auto-number the heads (i.e., Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3) and a page break to force the heading to start at the top of a page. 

 

2. What is the easiest way to create a TOC?

In either scenario, use Layout > Table of Contents to generate a TOC (just be sure to enable the Include Book Documents checkbox if you decide to use a book). Select the various heading styles (like the ChapterTitle style described above) and InDesign will locate all of the heads for you and type them up in a list with their appropriate page numbers. As you update the document, just update the TOC to pick up the latest edits. 

 

~Barb

 

Resources:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-table-contents.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-book-files.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/export-content-epub-cc.html

 

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The term eBook is a generic term for various digital formats including PDF, FXL ePub, Reflowable ePub and InDesign's Publish Online and more. Each format has its advantages (features) and disadvantages.

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It's an InDesign brochure that I need to convert for Kindle use as a fixed layout EPUB, with TOC and page navigation. I have been using InDesign for print design for 19 years so know my way around it, I just need to know a best practices and advice as I try to complete, export and get it working. Any help and advice is much appreciated. Thank you

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I suggesst you take an online video tutorial at Linkedin Learning, they do an excellnt course on FXL ePub, you can get 30-days free. 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/subscription/paid?&src=go-pa&veh=sem_src.go-pa_c.ggl-lil-sem-b2c-b...

 

 

 

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Hi Derek,

 

I have just started it, thank you for your advice again :o)

 

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1. Am I better saving each chapter as a speparte InDesign document and then linking them as chapters (any advice on how would be wonderful) or shoudl i jusy create one long running document? If so how do I chapter it up?

How long is your file? This question really comes down to the length of your document, and your comfort level using the InDesign book features. I prefer to work with multiple chapters in a book, but I've been doing this a long time and I understand how books work. There will be a learning curve if you decide to move to a book, or you can just create the entire thing in a single .indd file.

 

In the single-file scenario, you will indicate new chapters by setting up a paragraph style with a name like ChapterTitle with auto-numbering on to auto-number the heads (i.e., Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3) and a page break to force the heading to start at the top of a page. 

 

2. What is the easiest way to create a TOC?

In either scenario, use Layout > Table of Contents to generate a TOC (just be sure to enable the Include Book Documents checkbox if you decide to use a book). Select the various heading styles (like the ChapterTitle style described above) and InDesign will locate all of the heads for you and type them up in a list with their appropriate page numbers. As you update the document, just update the TOC to pick up the latest edits. 

 

~Barb

 

Resources:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-table-contents.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-book-files.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/export-content-epub-cc.html

 

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Hi Barb,

 

Firstly thank you for you advice, it is much appreciated.

The document I am trying to produce is a product catalogue, so just over 680 pages. I am mirroring a previously generated iBook from iBooks author and need it to work on Kindle also, hence the need to relay it all as I can't convert the iBook to and Epub easily.

 

The catalogue will have a lot of navigation throughout and have links to websites and downloadable product brochures. I had stared to lay it all out in one document but at page 50 I thought it a good idea to see how I get it live and interactive, hence the need for good advice, I have been using InDesign for print for years but the ebook is a whole different kettle of fish, any advice you can give is very gratefully recieved.

 

Also do you know of any good resources to get me up to speed on the books feature in InDesign?

 

Thank you again

 

Nichola

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Just a quick tip: I assume you selected the iPad Retina document option when you first created it? If so, all your bitmap images should be exported at 72ppi. Anything higher will needlessy bloat your final book file size. 72ppi in InDesign and an iPad Retina document means working at the native resolution of an iPad.

 

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Hi, I didn't relaise I needed to, is this something that I can do once the document is created? We already have an iBook from iBook Authour,  I am creating the mirror of it for Kindle/FXL EPub. Does this apply still?

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If your book is text heavy you'd be better off producing a Reflowable ePub rather than a FXL ePub.

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Hi Derek,

 

It has a lot of images, technical infromation and illustrations so I have been asked to makeit fixed layout.

Thank you for your advice thought it has been taken on board :o)

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