8 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2016 7:40 AM by matthewdee

    .indd to .book question

    matthewdee Level 1

      I have an .indd file, I need to create an .indb book file chapter by chapter or section by section. I see how to add documents to the indb Book file but the .indd is ONE document how do I add chapter by chapter?



        • 1. Re: .indd to .book question
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          You don’t. The book is a combination of INDD files. This is generally done to break a very large document into smaller, more manageable pieces.


          What exactly are you trying to achieve here?

          • 2. Re: .indd to .book question
            TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            There's nothing in InDesign that let's you split a document very easily. The best way is probably to make a copy of the document, delete any pages not belonging to the desired chapter, and save it with a sensible name ("Chapter 10"). Then, repeat for all the other chapters in the book. Finally, combine all those files in a single InDesign book document.*


            Whether you need to use an InDesign book, though, is a different question. I hardly ever do, and I regularly work on books 400 or 600 pages long.


            *This tedious procedure is automated by our "Extract Pages" script (not free): Extract Pages – Id-Extras: InDesign Scripts, Tips & Solutions

            • 3. Re: .indd to .book question
              matthewdee Level 1

              I have a client of mine that wants me to convert his InDesign doc to Ibooks Author. I see instructions on how to do as IBA will only import .idml files so I went chapter to chapter and broke the .indd into smaller .idml files.


              Thats done, but now as I go to import those files to IBA IBA quits / crashes.


              So now this is an Apple problem unless you would know why IBA behaves this way?



              • 4. Re: .indd to .book question
                BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                Why do you need IBA for this? Will fixed layout epub from InDesign not be suitable?

                • 5. Re: .indd to .book question
                  matthewdee Level 1

                  Exactly! As I did do a fixed layout and it looks and it looks great. But the client knows how to edit in IBA and for the life of me I say if you can edit in IBA you can edit an indd. Let me see what he says.


                  thx Happy Holidays!

                  • 6. Re: .indd to .book question
                    matthewdee Level 1

                    I cannot believe that nobody answered this question in the Apple IBA forums especially when I have a crash log report which says


                    Exception Type:        EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)

                    Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000


                    the crash log is generated by IBA not InDesign , but I did get one reply saying that the forum I'm in is a user forum and as long as nobody has the same problem it will be tough to get an answer.


                    Now I have to tell this client I have to turn down his job because I cannot get something to work which s documented and has instructions on how to do. Bad for me.



                    • 7. Re: .indd to .book question
                      Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                      But EPUBs can be split by Paragraph Style too, so you need not to split up a document into severals.

                      • 8. Re: .indd to .book question
                        matthewdee Level 1

                        This was solved as I was running CC 2017 off of OS 10.10 using IBA 2.4.1, I upgraded my OS to 10.11 and my IBA to 2.5 and the task works now.