A few weeks back we covered ebook conversion of printed books you’ve already made. Today, we’re going to talk about how to make ebooks for the iPad with our plug-in for Adobe InDesign. But before we get into the step-by-step, let’s talk about the reasons why you’d want to go this route:
Our Plug-in for InDesign lets you create ebooks in an iPad-optimized format, making the most of your iPad’s screen real estate. What you see is what you get. You design an ebook for the iPad just like you’d design anything. And it’s really very easy. And there’s something kind of magical about it too.
Here’s how to get started:
1) Download and install the latest version of our free plug-in for InDesign
2) Fire up InDesign and select “Blurb Book Creator” from the File menu.
3) Click “Start Book,” fill in “Author” and “Title” fields, then select “iPad Aspect Ratio” from the “Book Size” menu. Then click “Create Pages Template.”
4) Check out your ebook template – don’t worry, none of those instructions will be part of your book. But there is some important stuff to read, like the suggested fonts list. If you don’t use one of these Blurb-licensed fonts, you’ll be asked to choose a substitute later.
5) Design your book. This is the fun part. Place photos, add text, pretty much everything you normally do (note: avoid adding multimedia at this point, as well as manipulated text, page linking, text container borders or fills, or inline graphics).
6) Upload your book. Go back into the Blurb Book Creator, click “Upload Book” and wait while your ebook is uploaded and converted (bigger books will take longer).
7) Enter our web-based “ebook Editor.” This will automatically launch when your ebook is uploaded. You’ll see any formatting warnings and make your final adjustments (such as changing the font to one our ebook-license fonts, if you didn’t heed those earlier instructions). Check through to make sure your text looks just how you want it to. Advanced users will notice they can also add audio, video, and links (we’ll cover this feature more in-depth in a future post).
8) Click “Complete and Publish.” You’ll have an ebook you can download, share, and sell (and it’ll be much better than mine).
If this tutorial piques your interest, you should download Mikkel Aaland’s ebook, ebooks for Photographers, which is available as a free download for a limited time.