Now that you have your .mobi file complete, it’s time to create the ePub files you’ll need for other online retailers like iTunes, B&N (Nook Press), Kobo, All Romance e-books, Smashwords, etc.
To create an ePub file, perform the following steps:
- Open your bookfile
- Ensure none of the files in the bookfile are highlighted or open
- From the bookfile palette menu, choose Export Book to EPUB.
- In the General pane, enter the publisher information
- Enter the ISBN.
Note: ISBNs are required for iTunes, B&N and Kobo as well as other retailers. They can be purchased from Bowker at http://www.myidentifiers.com.
In the Images pane, complete the information as shown below if your book includes images other than the cover.
- In the Contents pane, select the options as shown below
- Note the Table of Contents information
- Click Export.
Next, you’ll need to test your ePub file.
- Download Adobe Digital Editions from http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html. This free application will allow you to check your file for proper formatting and navigation.
- 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!