As far as I know, you just can't import/place an image from the web into Indd. (But I would love confirmation from XML professionals)
FYI: For a static image (i.e. JPG), you can paste the url as a path in the Place window, but it's not a dynamic link to this url.
Indesign first downloads the image into your Temporary Internet Files folder then links it. It sure is a dodgy method and it's not what you're looking for anyway.
So, I'm sorry to tell you this, but you must forget about hoping importing a Google map...
The easiest solution would probably to "print" your map as a PDF. Then placing this PDF as a graphic.
Now, if you have to deal with many maps, you can also consider using a Geographic Information System, such as QGIS.
Open layers plugin allows you to dynamically import Google maps (and many more).
But at the end, you'll still have to export your map as a graphic (PDF, JPG...) and place it in Indesign.
Hope that helps
A google map took you hours? I'm afraid I don't understand that.
What version of InDesign and what operating system? How are you viewing the EPUB?
An alternative is using a Bing Map.
It took me hours to make this map because it has 500 listings which I methodically sourced from gov records. It's a map of Napa wineries that you can peruse while making your itinerary. It works perfectly on my website. The whole point is to have an interactive map that people can click on the listing and go to the website of the winery so they can see if they might want to visit.
I should be able to do this in Indesign. I've watched several Lynda.com videos where they do it. They basically embed a usable webpage into a catalog using a web content overlay. The user is able to click on the webpage and it worked for them. I'm using CS6, and I'm doing a flowable epub that I intend to sell on Amazon and on my website. It's a tourism guide.
I'm afraid I don't really understand the DPS thing. It looks like it's for apps, not ebooks. And it looks like one more way to make money for Adobe. Thanks for any suggestions.
DPS is pretty much dead and buried so forget.
You will never get this to work on a reflowable EPUB. It will work with fixed layout but you can't do fixed layout with CS6.
And Amazon doesn't use ePub, it uses the mobi format.
Derek, I realize that, but I can export to mobi and to epub from the same indesign doc.
It’s irrelevant anyway. You cannot use that map in a reflowable epub.
You can use the free Kindle Previewer to convert an ePub to mobi (but not all features that you want will necessary work on typical reading devices).
I just put the Indesign kindle extension on Adobe and it spits it out just fine. I'm gonna export to epub for sale on my website and I'll export to kindle to amazon. I'm glad I have an answer about the map. I guess I'll just put a link to my website in the book and people can use the map there. Probably better anyway since it forces them see the rest of my content. and possibly follow me for future stuff.