eBook Production:    Covering All The BasesA Foundational and Templated Workflow
The Templated Workflow Uses Consistent Styles           ➔                 ➔           ➔                 ➔
Word ➔ InDesign ➔ ePUB Templated WorkflowPROS                                CONS✔ Builds on most popular            ✘ It’...
LET’S SEE HOW THIS WORKS
STEP 1.WORDeditorder tag
Word Checklist  + Author, Editor❍❍Edit your content as much as possible.❍❍Finalize the order of your content.❍❍Consider th...
STEP 2.   ID order  TOCmap tags
Importing the Styles: Word ➔ InDesign
Exporting the Styles: InDesign ➔ ePUB
Two Choices For Your InDesign Templates                   A                                        B          EMPTY STYLES...
InDesign Checklist  + Editor, Designer❍❍Consult the Word checklist and ...❍❍Be mindful of navigation. There are two ways t...
InDesign Import BugsBefore importing the Word doc:❍❍Check that your cursor is “clean” (does not have a character style or ...
STEP 3. EPUB tagdesignreview          Custom CSS is          cleaner and more          robust than ID-          generated ...
EPUB Checklist  + Developer, Outsourcer❍❍Consult the Word and InDesign checklist and ...❍❍Create a Style Guide for your pu...
TAKEAWAYS
Templated Workflow Toolkit = Platforms + People 1   WORD 2011          2   INDESIGN CS6            3   EPUB 2, 3+ AUTHOR, ...
Why is semantic, consistent markup important?•	 It tells both reading engines and human readers the importance and   meani...
Documentation for Your Word and ID TemplatesStyle                 Spec             CSSGuide                 Doc           ...
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  1. 1. eBook Production: Covering All The BasesA Foundational and Templated Workflow
  2. 2. The Templated Workflow Uses Consistent Styles ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔
  3. 3. Word ➔ InDesign ➔ ePUB Templated WorkflowPROS CONS✔ Builds on most popular ✘ It’s a linear workflow. Makingauthoring, design platforms. edits in the ebook may require making the same edits on the✔ Training, budget have already earlier platforms, doubling orbeen invested. tripling the work.✔ Ideal for templated content and ✘ The more automation, the lesscontent that may be reused. creative freedom.✔ Scalable and customizable.✔ Ensures QA consistency.
  4. 4. LET’S SEE HOW THIS WORKS
  5. 5. STEP 1.WORDeditorder tag
  6. 6. Word Checklist  + Author, Editor❍❍Edit your content as much as possible.❍❍Finalize the order of your content.❍❍Consider the TOC: envision how it will help navigation in the ereader.❍❍Don’t use reference numbers: direct cross references to sections.❍❍Avoid local formatting: tag with paragraph and character styles.❍❍Watch your cases: key all-caps text with caps lock “on”.❍❍Invisibles don’t export: avoid multiple line returns, soft returns, tabs.➽➽Read Liz Castro: www.elizabethcastro.com/epub➽➽Watch Introducing Styles in Word on YouTube: http://bit.ly/StylesWord
  7. 7. STEP 2. ID order TOCmap tags
  8. 8. Importing the Styles: Word ➔ InDesign
  9. 9. Exporting the Styles: InDesign ➔ ePUB
  10. 10. Two Choices For Your InDesign Templates   A   B EMPTY STYLES LOADED STYLESChoose this option when the print Choose this option when the printdesign has to be unique. design doesn’t have to be unique.Perfect for a single-title workflow. Perfect for a series-title workflow.The Word doc will map to the ID The Word doc will map to thestyles which will map to the CSS ID styles which will map to thetemplate. The ID styles can be CSS template. When the text isedited in any way. The CSS template imported into the ID template itcan be edited to match the design will be styled. Development timeof the print book or can stay as-is to for both print and ebook will besave ebook development time. minimal.
  11. 11. InDesign Checklist  + Editor, Designer❍❍Consult the Word checklist and ...❍❍Be mindful of navigation. There are two ways to build a table of contents and be sure to make cross references and hyperlinks live.❍❍Keep order. Be sure that art is anchored. Either flow the content in the correct order or use the Articles Panel to order it for you.❍❍Map your styles during import and export. Import with “Style Mapping” and export with “Edit All Export Tags”.❍❍Download the “Show Text Overrides” script from http://in-tools.com➽➽Watch Importing Word Files on YouTube: http://bit.ly/ImportingWord➽➽Watch an ePUB2 export tutorial on YouTube: http://bit.ly/ePUB2export
  12. 12. InDesign Import BugsBefore importing the Word doc:❍❍Check that your cursor is “clean” (does not have a character style or the local override sign [+] and is Basic Paragraph).After importing the Word doc:❍❍Strip out import-applied character styles with Find/Change.❍❍Select all the text and click on the “clear overrides” button.❍❍Apply nested styles in order to retain for epub export with Find/Change.
  13. 13. STEP 3. EPUB tagdesignreview Custom CSS is cleaner and more robust than ID- generated CSS
  14. 14. EPUB Checklist  + Developer, Outsourcer❍❍Consult the Word and InDesign checklist and ...❍❍Create a Style Guide for your publishing team. This will be a working document and always in progress.❍❍Create a Spec Doc for your outsourcer and supply the CSS template with your InDesign source file for conversion. This will also be a working document and always in progress.❍❍Create as many CSS templates as you need for your content. This will be a working file and always in progress.➽➽Watch a basic CSS for eBooks tutorial on YouTube: http://bit.ly/CSSforeBooks➽➽Find epub examples at http://ebookarchitects.com/resources➽➽Consult a QA checklist: http://qed.digitalbookworld.com/why-qed/criteria
  15. 15. TAKEAWAYS
  16. 16. Templated Workflow Toolkit = Platforms + People 1 WORD 2011  2 INDESIGN CS6  3 EPUB 2, 3+ AUTHOR, EDITOR + EDITOR, DESIGNER + DEVELOPER, OUTSOURCERedit contentset order of content finalize order of contentconsider navigation create TOC navigation edit TOC navigationtag map tags tag [design for print] design for ebook review for quality
  17. 17. Why is semantic, consistent markup important?• It tells both reading engines and human readers the importance and meaning for each part of the content.• It streamlines the workflow: from author ➔ editor ➔ designer ➔ developer ➔ outsourcer, everyone is clear on how to treat the content. AUTHOR/EDITOR/DESIGNER TERMS DEVELOPER/OUTSOURCER TERMS paragraph style block element: <p>; <h1>  —  <h6> character style inline element: <em>; <span class numbered lists ordered lists: <ol>, <li> bulleted lists unordered lists: <ul>, <li> sidebars divs: <div>
  18. 18. Documentation for Your Word and ID TemplatesStyle Spec CSSGuide Doc File

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