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Creating EPUB from InDesign requires learning a lot, even if you know InDesign well already. To try to export EPUB when you don't know the way the program works is probably just about impossible. Unless you really want to learn and work in InDesign, I'd stick with what you already know. It would be more important for you to learn a bit about CSS to clean up the output or to create a new CSS file.
I've already been hand-building the CSS & EPUB files. I was just hoping that InDesign would make it easier. Clearly, that's not the case.
Apple's Pages does a very good job generating an EPUB which only requires a minimal amount of tweaking to the CSS to give it a final polish and further adjustments for e-readers other than an iOS device. Generating the MOBI/AZW for Kindle requires a bunch of jumping through hoops to prepare, which was what I was hoping to avoid.
A few days to release, I have plenty of time get get the ebooks ready.
A good heads up for any competent programmers out there—of which I am not—there is a huge market of self-publishing authors in need of a program that can take a RTF, Word or Pages formatted document and smoothly turn it into an EPUB or AZW file.
InDesign can make it easier, IF YOU LEARN TO BUILD THE FILES CORRECTLY IN INDESIGN. That's what's hard for a beginner to the program to get. If you know the CSS you're most of the way there already. Good luck to you.