怎样制作EPUB3文件

iTunes出售的电子书必须先制作成EPUB文件上载。很多软件都可以制作EPUB文件。这些软件制作出来的EPUB文件可以在很多阅读器上阅读,效果很好。可是,这些文件上载到在iTunes时往往会被拒绝。原因是iTunes可以接受EPUB2的英法等文字的电子书,却只接受EPUB3的中文电子书。经过试验,我们发现用Adobe InDesign制作的EPUB3中文电子书可以被iTunes接受。


在制作EPUB文件之前,首先要制作一个“干净”的docx文件。所谓的“干净”,指的是不要利用MS Word的Format功能来美化您的书。不要人为地改动行距,加header,加页码,制作目录(Table of Content),等等。但是可以加脚注,尾注。汉语书籍每一段的前面习惯上要打两个字宽的空格。请您老老实实地用space bar打两个空格,不要用其它聪明的办法来做。此外,为了避免您的电子书在字体大小的变化后出现空白页,最好不要在一章结束后另起一页(Ctrl enter)。一章结束后另起一页可以先在下一章的标题上做一个heading (highlight标题,References, Add Text, Level 1),下一步制作EPUB文件的时候再利用heading来另起一页。


干净的Word 文件写好,存为docx文件。

 

如果您只制作一两本电子书,可以到Adobe的网页上去下载一个InDesign软件,试用期一个月。如果您要制作很多本,那就购买一个为好。制作EPUB3文件用英文叙述比较方便,所以下面转用英文:
 

Make an EPUB3 file with InDesign:
 

Load the file:


1. Open InDesign


2. Click “Document”


3. “Intent”, Select  “Digital Publishing”


4. “Orientation”, Select “Portrait”


5. Click “OK”


6. Click the middle of the page to select the frame (the purple color of the frame then turns to blue.)


7. Click “File”, “Place”, Select the file in your computer


Write book name & author name:


1. Click “File”, “File Info”,


2. “Document Title”, Write the name of the book


3. “Author”, Write the name of the author


4.  Click “OK”


Make footnotes work


1. Click “Type”, “Document Footnote Options”,


2. “Character Styles”, Select “Footnotes reference”


3. “Paragraph Styles”, Select “Footnotes text”


4. Click “OK”


Generate Table of Content


1. Click “Layout”, “Table of Content”,


2. “Title”, Write down the Title of the TOC (I found it does not work”


3. “Style”, Select “TOC Title”


4. “Include Paragraph Styles”, Add “Heading 1”


5. “Entry Style”, Select “TOC Body Text”


6. Uncheck “Create PDF Bookmarks”


7. Click “OK


8. Hit Esc key


Get rid of the extra blank line between text lines (Usually for the copyright page only)


1. Select the parts you want to get rid of the extra blank lines


2. Click the paragraph symbol “¶” on the very left of the panel.


3. In the middle of the panel, left of another paragraph symbol “¶”, change normal + into basic paragraph.


Save the InDesign file in case (not a necessary step.)


1. Click “File”, “Save As”


2. Give a name and OK


Make an EPUB3 file

 

1. Click “File”, “Export”


2. Give a file name, “Save”


3. “Images”, leave it as it is


4. “Advanced”, “Split Document” Select “Heading 1”


5.  “General”, “Versions” Select 3.0


6. “Cover”, Choose your own image saved in your computer


7. “TOC Style”, Select “Default”


8. OK

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