If you find a problem with formatting, usually due to incorrect paragraph or character style tags, go back to the InDesign source files and make the corrections.
Regenerate the ePub file.
Your ePub file can be used without further manipulation on sites such as Nook Press and ARe. You will need to download and use Calibre, a free application, to manipulate your ePub to work on iTunes and Smashwords.
In Calibre, run the Startup Wizard.
For iTunes, select Apple and iPod/iPhone/iPad
Add your ePub file and complete the metadata information for your book
In the ePub Output screen, be sure to change the following:
In Structure Detection, select Remove first image
In EPUB Output, select Preserve cover aspect ratio
Convert your ePub file
Test the output on an iPad and take screenshots that can be used when you upload your book using iTunes Producer
Rerun the Startup Wizard in Calibre for Kobo and repeat the steps to create a Kobo-specific ePub file.
That’s it! Once you have your ePubs uploaded to the various online retailers, it’s time to start writing another book. Good luck!
Now that you have your book formatted for paperback printing, it’s time to set up the table of contents necessary to produce the ebook versions of your book as well as generate the .mobi file for Kindle.
Setting Up a Table of Contents
To set up your book’s table of contents page, perform the following steps (note: this page will not appear in the ePub or .mobi file but is necessary for navigation on e-readers):
Choose File > New > Document
Select the preset template you set up earlier
Choose Layout > Table of Contents
From the Paragraph Styles palette, choose Load Paragraph Styles
Select any chapter file
Deselect all but the Title and h1 styles
Click OK and save the file as TOC.indd.
Add TOC.indd to the very end of the bookfile and save the bookfile
Choose Layout > Table of Contents
Set the Style: to Title
In Other Styles, click h1 and <<Title and <<Add
Set Entry Style to TOC Body Text
Click Include Book Documents
Click the cursor in the upper left of your TOC text frame. The word Contents and all your chapters should appear
Save the bookfile.
To create the .mobi file for Kindle, perform the following steps:
Install the free Kindle plug-in available from Amazon
From the bookfile palette menu, choose Export Book for Kindle
Choose where you want your output file to be saved
Name the file bookname.mobi.
In the Kindle Export Options dialog, complete the following:
In the General pane, click Include InDesign TOC entries
Select TOC.indd in the Document: popdown menu
In the Cover Image field, click the blank button to the right of the empty field to browse and locate the JPG file of your book’s front cover
In the Export embedded fonts topdown menu, select Don’t embed any fonts.
In the Content pane, select the document’s Start Reading Location (usually the Titlepage.indd file)
Select Preserve white spaces and new lines
Select Preserve forced line breaks.
If your book includes images other than the cover file, set up the images as shown in the dialog box here.
In the Metadata pane, complete all the fields with your book’s information
Click Guided Export.
Note: You may see an error warning the first time you attempt to generate a .mobi file. Simply select Export Book for Kindle from the bookfile again. All the information you entered in the Kindle Export Options pane will still be there. Click Guided Export and the conversion should begin.
Now it’s time to test your .mobi file to be sure everything has converted correctly.
Open the .mobi file in Kindle Previewer (a free app from Amazon)
Review the file to ensure proper translation
Fix any issues in the InDesign source files (these would include any incorrect paragraph or character tagging)
Regenerate the .mobi file
Review the file in Kindle Previewer
When you are satisfied with your .mobi book, upload it to Amazon in your KDP dashboard.
Next time, we’ll cover how to create an ePub file for other ebook retailers.