OK you have written your book and uploaded a pdf to your POD provider. This could be Creative Space for Amazon or anybody who can print and deliver your book. Now as a self publisher you face a great dilemma. What about all these other outlets where your book can be seen and bought, like iTunes and the daddy of them all Kindle. If you are using Indesign, lets deal with iTunes first”-
To export your file to iTunes using the same PDF that was used for your book, then it is relatively straight forward to produce a FIXED LAYOUT FILE. There are a couple of workarounds you have to look out for, like still keeping your paragraph and character styles clean for your Index and TOC. There are hardly any other changes to your print file and you are ready to go to iTunes to upload your book. Beware the niche of your worldwide audience when you decide to sell on iTunes as you might get lost in the pack. I feel I have as I have sold hardly any books on there.
Now let’s get to the fun part…not. When you upload your file to Createspace there is a warning that you can download the SAME pdf to kindle but might be a few errors. I have a warning to you that when you reach that stage, to ignore that warning and take your original file and start from scratch. I am afraid that hurts, but it will save you hassle in the long run.
let me run through some things that you will have to be aware of.
What does not make it through the INDESIGN EXPORT Reflowable stage
- Master page objects
- Pasteboard Items
- Hidden or Non-Printing items
- overlaps and NO bleed
- White space between frames
- Multiple columns span/split formatting …It will convert to a single column
- Text wrap..although some will in my experience
- Drop caps. I just don’t bother as it is still much to hassle at this stage
- Rule above or below
- Tabs and return runs
- And the last which took me ages to fathom is Non-rectangular art, if you want a circle to export the proper way, rasterize in Object Export options first.
So you see there is quite a few loops to jump through, hopefully Kindle preview is getting better and once you export to MOBI, put your file through the preview and hopefully you will be good to go.
If you need to ask any questions about the above please email me at my website and I will do my very best to help you. My book is on all three platforms so I will hopefully come across your problem or something similar.
Good luck if you are self publishing your own work!!