9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2012 7:24 AM by kellisswan RSS

    interactive epub with indesign?

    Sam_ebook

      Hi, I'm new here,

       

      I got a few things I do not know how to go about to do it, hope that your guys can help me.

       

      I want to creat an interactive epub ebook, but I do not know how.

       

      How do I embed interaction into epub ebook? Like buttons and slide shows?

       

      How do I embed videos into epub ebook? So that iBook for iPad will be able to play videos?

       

      my focus is centered on iPad iBook, a ebook that is able to have interaction and videos embeded.

       

      I've try to embed them on my own, try here and there, when I've done it, the preview of inDesign shows that my interactiona and videos will work and play, but when I export them to epub format, they've dissappeared!

       

      What did I do wrong?

       

      Please help!

        • 1. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
          BobLevine UGM-MVPs

          You need to do a bit more studying on the capability of EPUB. Most of what you want to do simply isn't supported.

           

          Check out Liz Castro's excellent book on the subject: http://amzn.to/j4jnfQ

           

          Bob

          • 2. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
            Sam_ebook Community Member

            I was able to learn a bit more and found that indesign is able to do all the things that I wanted, just that it is not able to export into epub, is it because it is not supported?

            I do know that video can be embeded in, but I don't know how to do it with inDesign.

             

            Do I need to use a third party software to do it?

             

            Or do I create a magazine out of it?

             

            I know inDesign is able to do all, if not most of the things that I wanted, but I just want it to be exported into the iPad, either via epub or another format for the iPad.

             

            Can anyone help me? Thanks.

            • 3. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
              marcusstringer Community Member

              InDesign ONLY offers the ability to export basic layouts to epub.

               

              In the same way as it can save a page as an image. But it doesn't allow for cloning and our features that a photo editing program does like Photoshop.

              If that makes sense.

               

              You need to start looking at programs which are more suited to web design, which is what and epub is....a web site wrapped inside a .epub container.

               

              Look at Dreamweaver etc. Also take a look at the IDPF Specs on .epub

              • 4. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                Derek Cross Community Member

                Welcome to the forum Sam!

                 

                The thing is, InDesign (versions 5/5.5) can output (export) many kinds of content but not all devices currently available can read them.

                 

                Some examples of the issues:

                 

                – PDFs files can be read on most devices, and can include rich media, but the text is not reflowable, as it is with ePub and similar content produced for eReading devices.

                 

                – Output for many eReaders currently available is in greyscale only and won't recognise video and can only have simple design values.

                 

                – InDesign can export Flash files which can be really exciting but these aren't playable on the iPad.

                 

                And so it goes on. A new ePub specification has recently been published, which includes many of the required updates, but it may be some time before devices are produced that can incorporate them.

                 

                You have to decide which features are important for the kind of content you want to publish and produce version(s) for these devices: that is are you producing content for computers, the various tablets, the smart phones and eBoook Readers (and there are a number of kinds with different file formats for these: e.g. Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader)?

                 

                Derek

                • 5. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                  BobLevine UGM-MVPs

                  The only way to use video and audio in EPUB at the present time is through iBooks.

                   

                  Bob

                  • 6. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                    kellisswan Community Member

                    I know this thread is from last spring - but hopefully someone can answer a similar question.  I have a customer who wants an Interactive Workbook prepared.  Something that would load excel files upon click, and have hyperlinks to other info (that's the easy part.) 

                     

                    As far as I can tell, this is still beyond the ePub abilities of InDesign.  Is iBooks still my best source for such an animal?

                     

                    Thanks in advance for any input!

                     

                    Kelli

                    • 7. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                      [Jongware] MVP

                      iBooks is an entirely different product from Apple, and I don't think anyone on this forum would dare to tell what's possible and what's not. Best ask Apple!

                       

                      That said: I don't think so.

                       

                      iBooks is firmly and solely targeted at being viewed on an iPad, so where would the Excel documents come from? It's also just a look-and-feel thing, more like a rich Web layout -- any interactivity would have to be done through custom Javascript, if that's even possible!

                      • 8. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                        Sam_ebook Community Member

                        Kelli,

                         

                         

                         

                        What version of InDesign do you have? If you have the latest InDesign cs5.5, you will be able to add limited interactivity into the epub, that being said, the interactivity I’m talking about is the adding of hyperlinks into the epub, you can either use key words or picture to access the hyperlink, but the hyperlink is only limited to another page or websites.

                         

                         

                         

                        You are also able to add in videos  into the epub, take note that the epub is only able to display mp4 video in h.264 compression, if you have the Adobe Media Encoder, the program is able to convert most videos into that format, so the reader is still able to enjoy a bit of video from the epub. Also you have to take not that if you add it a video that is too long or lots of video, the epub will lag and that is likely not what you want.

                         

                         

                         

                        I hope that these advices help.

                         

                         

                         

                        Regards,

                         

                        Lee JinHui, Sam

                         

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                        • 9. Re: interactive epub with indesign?
                          kellisswan Community Member

                          Thanks Sam!  That is very helpful.

                           

                          As far as I can tell right now, Apple's iBook Author offers the most dynamic platform for an individual to self-publish an interactive ebook.  However, as is the usual with Apple, it is a closed system and their user agreement states that a book (for sale) may only be published through their own iBookstore.

                           

                          I am am currently investigating the possibility of using Apple's product to get my client's interactive version published, then creating a print version and a less interactive ePub version in InDesign CS5.5 - to be distrubuted via other markets/avenues.

                           

                          If anyone sees a flaw in my plan - please chime in LOL!  :-)

                           

                          Thanks again,

                          Kelli