This tutorial is for people with a grounding in InDesign already. You should know the basics of creating a new document, adding Paragraph Styles and manipulating text. I'll be covering the "gotchas" I found creating an eBook from InDesign. Creating an eBook in InDesign will give you the option to export as EPUB, PDF and HTML all from the same source, with minimal changes. What follows is my preferred flow.
Regular readers might want to tune out now. Go read an old Rex Havoc or something.
Before you start you'll need Calibre. Calibre is a "swiss army knife" for eBooks. It converts to and from all sorts of formats. To keep the code as pure as possible though, I only use it for the final conversion from EPUB (eBook format) to MOBI (Kindle format), which is not currently possible straight from InDesign.
Hey Rex Fans, have you always wanted to read Rex Havoc adventures conveniently collected for you in book form? Are you TIRED of visiting The Geekorium for your Space Flight 704 needs? Do you think,'I wish there was a version I could read on my Kindle every day'?
Just me then?
Well despite your interest or lack thereof, Rex Havoc is now an eBook! For the next 90 days, Space Flight 704: Time Diversion is available on Amazon for one dollar! If you own a Kindle, you could be reading it right now - isn't that exciting?
Space Flight 704: Time Diversion collects the stories in the recent Time Diversion arc, before Rex became an enigma, when Jones was still an ally, and before The Professor was cruelly bombarded from space by a death ray. Included is a table of contents that makes it easier to follow the story in chronological order. Of course the story is free here on The Geekorium, but buying it from Amazon will give you a warm glow, and something to read on the bus.
A ripping space yarn of the Old School variety, this action-packed short story harks back to the golden days of Flash Gordon serials with tongue firmly in cheek. Both wonderfully amusing and butt-clenchingly thrilling, not a sentence is wasted that doesn't thrust the story forward like a rocket ship.
After 90 days I'll be offering the eBook in other formats too, but how many formats I offer will depend on how much interest I get with the version on Amazon. So if you'd like to see an iBook version, or one for Android, or just a DRM-free version you can buy directly from The Geekorium, tell your friends and followers about Rex Havoc's eBook adventure!
Now go out! Be fruitful and multiply! Wrong command set! Go and tell people! Buy it! Stop using exclamation marks!