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InDesign ebook template (for Kindle)

Mar 25, 2012 11:46 AM



I'm a beginner using InDesign (CS5.5) and am trying to figure out whether I can easily use it to create a first eBook that I can then use the Kindle plugin to transfer into a Kindle eBook.


I can use InDesign basic features but am far from capable at more advanced use. I've wondered if it would be easier to use Acrobat Pro 10 to create an eBook instead? Or MS Word?


The content will be mostly text, with some Fireworks created illustrations, maybe a few links, in a chapter format. I'm guessing 6X9?


I would appreciate any feedback, especially whether InDesign is a good content-creation choice for a first eBook (versus Acrobat, Word or another app), given my limited skills with InDesign.


It would also be easier if I had a basic eBook template for InDesign, with a chapter format, that I can adapt to get started. I've searched online but cannot find any specifically eBook template with chapters.


Any suggestions, help, templates much appreciated.


Kind Regards,


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    Mar 25, 2012 12:00 PM   in reply to saratogacoach

    If you want to go to Kindle you’ll need to have knowledge of epub…and that includes HTML and CSS.




    A few suggestions:




    Liz Castro has two very good books on the subject; EPUB Straight to the Point ( and From InDesign CS 5.5 to EPUB and Kindle ( )




    Anne Marie Concepcion has some videos on that are terrific. You can get a free one week trial here:





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    Mar 25, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to saratogacoach

    Acrobat is certainly not the tool, but Word may suit you better.




    Give it a try and see how make out.





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    Mar 25, 2012 5:23 PM   in reply to saratogacoach

    Elizabeth Castro's eBook, EPUB Straight to the Point covers both creating an EPUB from Word and from InDesign. The InDesign part is a bit up-to-date. Her later book Bob referenced covers the new features in InDesign CS5.5.

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