Differences in creation of epub 2 and epub 3

Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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Hello everyone.

I am currently able to create ebooks in epub 2 format only.

I took a "test", starting from an InDesign file worked for epub 2, containing text and images: I tried to export this file to epub 3 and I saw that the result is not acceptable (for example, the images are overlaid with the text).

Can you tell me how I have to vary the processing, compared to what I usually do for epub 2, if I need to obtain an epub 3?

Or, if there are too many differences, I accept the advice to take a training course! I'm just trying to orient myself.

 

Thank you and have a nice day

Stefania

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020
You cannot compare fixed layout and reflowable. They are completely different. Fixed layout must be viewed in a compatible reader app (Books on Mac or iOS is the best) and fonts must be Opentype. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020
Use ePub 3 for Reflowable ePubs as well as FXL ePubs. Producing Reflowable ePubs is not intuative, I suggest you take a course, such as those on Linkedin Learning by Anne-Marie Concepcion (you can get 30-days free access).

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What version of InDesign? What operating system? Is it fixed layout or reflowable? How are you viewing this EPUB?

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I'm using InDesign CC 2019 on macOS High Sierra. When I export in epub 2 (reflowable), the file is perfectly fine (at least, I make some changes in Sigil), and then I vizualize it through iBooks or Calibre.

Regarding epub 3 (fixed layout), as better explained in my first post, I'm a newbie, just trying to figure things out! Thanks.

 

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You cannot compare fixed layout and reflowable. They are completely different.

Fixed layout must be viewed in a compatible reader app (Books on Mac or iOS is the best) and fonts must be Opentype. 

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Use ePub 3 for Reflowable ePubs as well as FXL ePubs.

Producing Reflowable ePubs is not intuative, I suggest you take a course, such as those on Linkedin Learning by Anne-Marie Concepcion (you can get 30-days free access).

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