Update: Thank you to all who attended tonight’s meeting! I hope it was helpful. InDesign is a good tool to prepare your book for the ePub format. The coding part was to demonstrate what else is possible (the more code you can learn, the more control you’ll have over your end product). Here’s the link to the presentation slides [PDF] and here’s where you can find my resources article on Digital Book World. I hope they both help you in your own experimentation with the ePub format. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Cheers!

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Update: You can click here to download the demonstration materials (zipped folder). The “before” InDesign files and ePub file and the “after” InDesign files and ePub file are included. The exact fonts are not necessary for the InDesign file (feel free to substitute them). I included a few PDFs as well (ePub coding snippets, ePub InDesign template checklist, and my Dreamweaver workflow for your reference).

If you want to follow along, you’ll also need InDesign (CS4/4/5.5), these AppleScripts, a text editor or Dreamweaver, and Adobe Digital Editions. I’ll be working on a Mac so these materials are meant for the Mac platform.

There’s a lot to cover in the presentation so I’ll be moving fast. But these are the materials I’ll be using, so even if you don’t want to follow along during the demo, you can still check them out before or after.

A special thank you goes out to Liz Castro for giving me permission to re-use her sample InDesign files!

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Hello to the Boston IDUG members attending the “Using InDesign to Create eBooks” meeting on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to showing you how InDesign can be used to create an eBook. But that’s just the start. Opening the exported ePub file and knowing how to adjust the code will help you make your eBook look great and to validate so that it can be uploaded to the major eBook retailers. My demonstration will show you how to do this. I’ll also show examples of why it’s important to have a quality assurance (QA) system in place so that your eBook workflow is set up to make a good-looking eBook every time. You’ll come away with checklists and resources to enable you to start making your own eBooks right away.

Check back on Tuesday to download the materials if you want to follow along with the demonstration (update: materials will be available by 9:00 tonight). Then just bring your laptop and InDesign. I’ll be demo’ing from CS4 but CS5 and 5.5 (lucky you!) are fine too. See you there!

Here’s the details

Boston InDesign User Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6:30 PM – 9:15 PM
MassArt Tower Building – Trustees Room
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Free, registration required.

As an additional advantage to attendees and IDUG members, AGI Training is announcing a special discount offer on their latest offering in ePub training:

EPUB Training Class
Monday, June 6, 2011
120 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA
Call to register: 781.404.4072
IDUG MEMBER DISCOUNT: $95 per trainee (Non-member price is $495 per trainee … a $400 discount!)