I am not an indesign user, but a developer trying to find information on how to best design for multiple formats. We have a magazine that is currently in print and looking to go digital.
We can export to .pdf and it looks good and can read this on the iPad, but for other ereaders/tablets the epub and mobi formats are ideal.
When using calibre or a direct export from indesign, the layout is horrible. This is understandable as epub and mobi formats have to adapt to screen sizes. What is the best way to design an image heavy magainze for digital?
How much do you want to spend?
I don’t mean to sound glib but as you’ve already noted, this isn’t a job for epub which lends itself far more toward books than rich layouts in magazines.
For that, there are various solutions including Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite tools.
The cost for the tools is zero but the publishing costs can be pretty steep. Single, one-off apps are only a one time fee of $395 but if you want to go with a subscription model you’ll be looking at $500/month + $0.22 per download and Apple’s 30% commission.
Read more about DPS here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-publishing-suite-family.html
There’s a forum dedicated to DPS here: http://forums.adobe.com/community/dps