InDesignSecrets Videocast #14: What’s New with EPUB in InDesign CS5.5

If you want to create EPUB files, we think you’d be crazy not to use the powerful new features in CS5.5. In this new InDesignSecrets videocast episode, Anne-Marie Concepcion describes the powerful new workflow, including a look at object export options, style mapping, articles, and more! Because there are so many features, and she enjoys teaching this stuff, this videocast is a little longer than usual (about 19 minutes). But that’s nothing compared to her in-depth 6-hour tutorial at (a must-watch for all aspiring epub creators).

You can watch the videocast by clicking on the video below, or go directly to our channel at youtube. These videos are also available on (though it usually takes a few weeks for each episode to be posted there). Alternatively, you can watch (or even subscribe) to the video podcast on iTunes with this link.

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21 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Videocast #14: What’s New with EPUB in InDesign CS5.5

  1. Great video! I love that this showed up right when I’m trying to learn about EPUBs. I recently watched the series for CS 5. Maybe I’ll watch bits & pieces of the CS 5.5 video (guessing some of it would be redundant).

    I don’t have CS 5.5 yet but hope to have the upgrade installed today. :-) Can’t wait!

    Thanks, Phyllis

  2. Thank you Phyllis!

    As far as the vids are concerned, about 2/3 of the CS5.5 videos are new recordings, compared to the CS5 version of the title. (Of course, a few of these cover the same topics as before, only using the new interface.)

    By the way you can download Adobe Digital Editions here: and the project team is fairly responsive on the Labs forum here:

  3. Thanks Anne-Marie! I loved your video — you’re a great instructor! I’ll go through the CS 5.5 videos and figure out what I haven’t seen yet.

    I did install the Digital Editions program as well as several other things you mentioned in the video (such as Sigil) and have been learning a lot. Really fun stuff!

    If only I could get the I.T. department to hurry up and install CS 5.5 already…. :-)

  4. Thanks for that.

    I’ve had my copy of CS5.5 on the back burner since it’s release but now is the time to switch it on again and hope that CSS multilple style problem is fixed.

  5. Thank you for the video, Ann-Marie and David. Lively and informative as always.

    Phyllis?I highly recommend Ann-Marie’s CS5.5 video course. I would say it is better for Ann-Marie having made the CS5 course before it. I’m impressed with the background research related to the field of EPUBs that she brings to to the table.

    You might also find Rufus Deuchler’s video course on EPUBs from InDesign CS5.5 useful.

  6. Hi Erkhan, so are you saying the information is too much at once? I can see how it would feel like that, especially if you’re not that familiar with the EPUB scene. I’m so sorry if it left you more confused than when you started! :D

    This particular videocast is not a tutorial, really, it’s more of an overview and demonstration of new EPUB features in CS5.5. It’s definitely meant for people who have exported ID files to EPUB in earlier versions and want to see how CS5.5 improves on the process.

  7. Anne Marie, when you anchored the graphic mid-story, you mention it might need its own paragraph and then you moved on. Can we revisit that? If you have to put the anchored graphic in its own paragraph (which you clearly do), it will no longer match the print layout. Aren’t we then back to needing separate files for epub export?

  8. Sarah, great question. First, without putting the graphic into its own paragraph, it is possible to “fix it in post” … in the HTML file(s) by hand, you could add a close tag after the image and an open paragraph tag immediately after it. (And a GREP in your text editor could be configured to find/change these en masse.)

    Or, in the the actual InDesign file, one thing you can do is to create a paragraph style–call it “image inline”– with the font size set to 0.1 pt (smallest possible), and 0.0 leading, so it’s not detectable to the human eye that there is actually a return in between the 2 paragraphs. (Because it’s so hard to see, I find it easier to make a “normal” paragraph, anchor the image, then select the paragraph marker and apply the style; or drag-drop the anchor in Story Editor).

    If you map the “image inline” paragraph style to a plain CSS paragraph tag in InDesign’s style options, then the EPUB export will ignore the custom size and leading, and put the graphic in its own paragraph.

  9. Hi Anne-Marie, I’m midway through your MARVELOUS course on CS5.5 to Epub, Kindle and iPad and am LOVING it. Excellent teaching – thank you. In the course you mention the script preptext 2.jsx which we should be able to find on this site – but I am not able to find it…. Is it still here? If so, would you please give us the direct URL or help locating it? Many thanks again. I’ll be giving the course rave reviews on Lynda. com when I finish it.

  10. Hi Mindy, thanks for the compliments!

    A few other people have emailed me the same question, even though I was positive showed an little banner with the URL to the script when I mentioned it. Turns out they did it right with the CS4 and CS5 versions of the title, but put the wrong URL up for CS5.5. should be correcting that soon. The URL you want is

  11. Hi Anne-Marie, I watched your wonderful course on CS5 to epub, etc. video a few months ago. I learned so much and got my first book on the Kindle. Yay!

    Now for my problem, I have just upgraded to CS5.5 (we want to add some audio tracks to the book for the ibook store). But the problem I am having is my epub is now printing page numbers?? I am a newbie to Indesign and have no idea of how to get rid of them. The book file is a copy of the one I used in CS5 and my epub did not have page numbers in it. The only thing I did to the file was save the converted documents in the book for the CS5.5 format, which ID basically made me do. What did I do wrong?

  12. I guess you mean the epub is *showing* (not “printing”) page numbers? Are you sure you’re not looking at the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions (the current one, not the new one in beta) which shows page numbers by default, for any epub? Check the epub in other epub reader software, like ibisReader on the web or the Firefox ePubReader plug-in, to verify that it’s only ADE showing page numbers or not.

  13. Anne-Marie, Yes you are correct about the ‘showing’ of page numbers and about me using Adobe Digital Editions. I guess I was confused since I never saw the page numbers before in ADE with CS5. I will check the epub on the other readers. Thank you so much for your help. I’ve really been struggling with this.

  14. Perfect! Thanks so much for the script Anne-Marie. I spent hours with you again this morning – LOVING this course!

    I’m also having a little trouble with creating a TOC for the epub using the book format you showed in the Lynda tutorial. It makes perfect sense in the context of the individual document you show, and I can replicate that, and I’m getting a great navigation TOC in ADE, but when I try to create a chapter that stands on its own in the book format (combining multiple single files into a book so each can be its own chapter and be nicely separated) I can’t get the formatting right.

    Are there any particular tricks to this?

    Thanks again so much – Mindy

  15. Not sure what you mean by “I can’t get the formatting right”. When you export an InDesign book to EPUB, the names of the component ID files become the chapter names in the nav TOC. If you want different names then you either have to change the names of the ID files, or create and specify a TOC style, or edit the toc.ncx file by hand after you break it out of the epub.

  16. Hiya Anne Marie, I’m enjoying tremendously your Lynda tutorial.

    I’m in a familiar spot in publishing: having to learn something on the spot and implement immediately. So, I’m learning ePub.

    One question I have: can you point me to a place where I can find how to combine already-existing ePub and Mobi files? I have a short piece to add to already-existing ePub and Mobi.


  17. Kevin, sorry, you can’t combine them easily. You have to expand both to their component HTML and CSS files, then combine the html files and css, then update the OPF and NCX files to account for all the new content, then turn that collection of files back into an EPUB and Kindle using command-line tools.

    Fun times! :D

  18. Thanks, Anne-Marie.

    After reading your note, I looked at my email to discover that the project has been canceled. Yay!

    Best, kevin

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