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Depends on what you’re looking for.
Choices are PDF, EPUB and DPS
PDF is self explanatory. EPub requires knowledge of HTML/CSS and would go to iBooks.
Last but not least is DPS or Digital Publishing Suite. This by far the most labor intensive and expensive of the bunch and way too much to discuss.
There’s a dedicated DPS forum here: http://forums.adobe.com/community/dps
More info on Adobe’s site here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-publishing-suite-family.html?promoid=JFQHT
EPUB would definitely be the way to go. I see CS5 can output the format and I'm testing some of our pages now. It's a bit wonky, seems to treat every element as a seperate object and stacks them vertically. Weird.
I'm assuming there's some things you have to do to get things to look nice in EPUB format. Are there tutorials for this?
First off you should note that CS5.5 is far superior for Epub though still imperfect.
Two best resources:
1. Liz Castro’s Epub Straight to the Point: http://amzn.to/sLwI9F
2. Lynda.com videos by Anne-Marie Concepcion. This link will get you a one week free trial: http://bit.ly/fcGpiI
Hope that helps
Thank you Bob, that's deeply appreciated.
One last question: I'm messing around with creating ePubs now. I'm viewing them in Adobe Digital Editions. Is there any cheap or free way or method to view these files on a mobile device without having to sign up to be a developer just yet?
Bob Levine wrote:
EPub requires knowledge of HTML/CSS and would go to iBooks.
Bob, other than iBooks, what alternatives are there to distributing EPubs?
Never mind, figured it out!
One just has to just Add to Library in iTunes and since the iDevice and you can preview.
ADE is quite possibly the worst choice you could make unless you check the newest preview version: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/digitaleditions1-8/
But even that is no substitute for testing on a device. For iBooks that means the iPad or iPhone.
You can sideload an epub into iBooks without paying a dime for anything besides the device. It’s done through iTunes and a quick synch.
There’s the Nook and the Kindle though Amazon has its own proprietary version of Epub…MOBI.