In InDesign CC Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks, you'll learn all the advantages of Fixed Layout EPUBS in InDesign. You'll learn the best techniques for taking advantage of engaging elements such as animations, video, audio, and much more. Once you complete this course, you'll have a better understanding on how to create an advanced and interactive eBook.
As a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years' experience, Pariah sits on the Adobe Advisory Group, is an Adobe Freelancer, and is an Adobe Community Professional and a former trainer and technical lead for Adobe's technical support teams for InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Course Overview (jaunty music) Hi, I'm Pariah Burke. In this course, I'm going to show you how to create the most interesting, interactive, exciting eBooks possible with fixed layout eBooks. These books can contain animation, video, audio, exact placement, any fonts you want, pop ups, image galleries, light boxes, and just about anything else you can imagine putting in an eBook. This makes the fixed layout e-format perfect for children's books, textbooks, travel books, photography books, art books, recipe and cooking books, comic books and graphic novels, or any other type of book that you just want to get more creative in than is possible with reflowable eBooks, which are very, very limited in what you can do stylistically. By the time you're done with this course, you're going to have the most exciting eBook possible, ready for publishing through iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Google Play Books. This is the ultimate type of eBook.
Going Beyond InDesign At some point, you're going to have to go beyond InDesign. Now if you're only targeting iBooks and Kobo, if you're not going to use read along audio, if you don't care about Barnes & Noble, NOOK or Amazon Kindle, then it's entirely possible you may not have to go beyond InDesign. You may be able to just do everything you need right in InDesign, export to fixed layout and then publish. But in the real world, for the majority of us, we need to do things with the ePub that InDesign can't. And you're going to need some tools for that. We're going to have to crack open the ePub code, and that's what this chapter is all about, cracking open the ePub code and then getting into it and making some changes so that we can affect certain things that InDesign can't do, such as locking the iPhone orientation without altering how an iPad or any other device would see it, and doing read-aloud narration and configuring the ePub for Kindle and NOOK.