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.
If you want to go to Kindle you’ll need to have knowledge of epub…and that includes HTML and CSS.
A few suggestions:
Anne Marie Concepcion has some videos on Lynda.com that are terrific. You can get a free one week trial here: http://bit.ly/fcGpiI
Thanks for your reply and suggestions. I am familiar with CSS and HTML having used Dreamweaver to build web sites. I've been looking around at resources like those that you've mentioned, but am still unclear whether the easiest and quickest route would be to use InDesign (with a steep learning curve for me) for a first eBook (very basic design) or another app that I already know like Acrobat or Word.
If I could find an InDesign eBook template with the basics, I think that would be a help.
I'd very much like to get started on content creation and don't want to get bogged down in a lot of time-consuming and potentially costly reading, learning, video viewing, etc. to master a new and potentially complex tool. 'Simple is good' for my first attempt at this.
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.