I’m sorry to tell you this but that’s no way to create an epub…not even close. Additionally, for the most part EPUB is not a good choice for design heavy documents and you will need a pretty decent understanding of HTML and CSS in order to work with epub.
The very fact that you’re new to both InDesign and Epub means you have quite a learning curve ahead of you.
Here are some of my top recommendations.
1. Upgrade to CS5.5 which is far superior for epub
2. Buy Sandee Cohen’s Visual Quick Start Guide. Best InDesign beginner book in the world: http://amzn.to/w6nGUe
4. Check out the InDesign and InDesign to epub videos on Lynda.com especially those by Anne Marie Concepcion. This link will get you a one week free trial: http://bit.ly/fcGpiI
5. There’s a new service that claims to be able to create fixed layout epubs. I can’t recommend it since I don’t know enough about it but you can check it out here: http://bit.ly/zevzgi
Hope that helps,
Hey Bob, thanks for the advice. I am new to InDesign but I am not new to
HTML nor CSS.
[My situation is a classic example of "start how you want to finish"...and
they did NOT...but they didn't know any better. The client's "designer"
should have created it from scratch in InDesign in conjunction with
Illustrator for the images but instead made the entire doc in Illustrator,
and each page consisted of dozens sometimes almost 100 visual elements
(individual joints of figures, eyes of people, wheels on cars...its
actually quite ridiculous and none were merged/converted to single images).
So her skill level and knowledge of the entire Adobe Suite is also lacking
and the creators of the book just wanted it to look good and still probably
don't even know what InDesign is. "The images disappear when I convert to
PDF. Can you fix that?" I already knew what was wrong but they weren't
willing to pay for several days of work merging every illustration and
moving all the images & text over individually like they should have. He
wanted a quick (and cheap) fix for a much bigger problem that I don't know
if he even understood he had. And I've learned over the years that in these
cases just give them what they want and try to educate them so that they do
it right next time or pay someone to actually FIX the doc.]
All that said, I will be creating a few text heavy books (maybe a few
screen shots) this year for myself and couple friends and
will definitely educate myself first and start on the right foot. So thanks
HELPFUL: for anyone else in a similarly twisted situation I did have to
start a new doc, same page size & layout and choose PRINT instead of WEB in
the document settings. This cannot be changed once doc is created so I only
found this through lots of testing.
Print or web set up only gives you different default choices. Other than that it’s meaningless.