EPUB MANIFEST MISSING

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Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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I have completed a 350 page book in InDesign and submitted the print book to Lightning Source.

I modified the book for EPUB and successfully exported it to EPUB. I looks good, and was accepted by Amazon.

Now I am trying to submit the EPUB to Smashwords.  It rejects it, saying that there is no MANIFEST.  What is a MANIFEST and how to I get InDesign to create one?  I looked at the export settings and there is no mention of one there, nor in the help text.  

Smashwords wants me to export the book to Microsoft Word, which I am reluctant to do for fear of losing the cross-references and index.  Since I have done all this work to create a reflowable EPUB, I would really like to see it more widely distributed.  Do I really have to export to Microsoft Word to accomplish this???

Any guidance will be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Joyce

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Explorer , Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020
I figured it out.  the error message from Smashwords was "File META-INF/encryption.sml' in EPUB not listed in manifest!"It was sending me off to edit the EPUB and do a bunch of things which I realized had to do with embedded fonts.  In fact, Apple does not accept books with embedded fonts.  Recognizing that as an export option, I tried exporting it again, without the embedded fonts -- and Smashwords accepted the file without a peep!So the solution is: EXPORT THE EPUB FROM INDESIGN WITHOUT EMBEDD...

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I figured it out.  

the error message from Smashwords was 

"File META-INF/encryption.sml' in EPUB not listed in manifest!"

It was sending me off to edit the EPUB and do a bunch of things which I realized had to do with embedded fonts.  In fact, Apple does not accept books with embedded fonts.  Recognizing that as an export option, I tried exporting it again, without the embedded fonts -- and Smashwords accepted the file without a peep!

So the solution is: EXPORT THE EPUB FROM INDESIGN WITHOUT EMBEDDED FONTS.

I hope this helps someone else.

Best wishes,

Joyce

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