Moving to InDesign EPUB forum
Viewing the exported ePub in a utility program like SIGIL (Sigil Ebook | Sigil is a multi-platform EPUB ebook Editor), I can clearly see, in the Book Nagivation pane, that under the Text "Directory", there are three XHTML documents being listed :
Now, without knowing more about exporting to ePub format from InDesign, it makes sense that a separate "cover" file is generated but I don't see why a second instance of the "cover" page needs creating as well?
Of course, in SIGIL, deleting the "offending" redundant "cover" XHTML page solves the problem.
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I exported all my InDesign documents to IDML format to attempt the same experience from CS6.
Result? I am not even getting the rasterized cover page
The plot thickens...
I wonder how prevalent is the practice of "publishing to ePub" out of InDesign?
If you rasterize the first page you'll have two covers. The cover created during the export process and the original first page. But if you choose a different file for the cover that's the one that will show under cover. Is your first page an image or text?
Does not work. My first page has a mix of image and text.
I tried choosing a different file for the cover in the Export to ePub dialog box but InDesign stubbornly creates an extra page with the cover elements.
Even if I have only one page in my InDesign document, I still end up with "two" pages in the exported ePub, one with either the rasterized page or with the chosen file
*and* one with the original cover elements, as best exported to XHTML as InDesign possibly can.
Can you share the .epub test you did? Indesign will create an .xhtml file for every page or section you have tagged with Split EPUB.
I don't know how to share anything here.... It's complicated... Not that I don't want to share anything, on the contrary.
You can use dropbox.com or similar and post the link here.
best practice is to export your cover to an (jpg) image. You might then remove the cover page from your InDesign (or keep an InDesign version a part in case you need to make a modif). On ePub export, select the "Cover > Choose Image" option and add the path to the exported image. Done! Now you should only see one cover page.
(There are these two behaviors in InDesign, since advanced users might need to select between one of both situations, depending on the projects specs. In most cases, adding the cover from an external image brings the best result for the cover.)
The "trick" is to avoid having a physical "cover" page in one's document.
I opened back my InDesign document and deleted page 1 which is where the cover was stitting.
I exported to ePub (Reflowable), selecting my pre-rasterized cover JPEG and voilà!
No more "doubled" cover page in the resulting ePub.
I was skeptical this trick would do the work as I suspected there would be a blank page between the cover image and the actual first page of text.
So this is very encouraging.
Now, I have another problem in the form of "garbled" type on the last page of text... Will do some research here ;-)