On making Kindle ebooks with inDesign

Earleir today I posted the announcement for a new plug-in for Adobe inDesign (it lets you make Kindle ebooks).  I don't have inDesign, so I can't test it myself. But I know a number of people on Twitter who do have it, and they tweeted first hand reports.

The general opinion is that it works for text, but it doesn't seem to be all that robust with images or graphs. One tester reported graphs that were to small to be usable, and another reported problems with image positions.

A couple testers were bothered by the fact that the plug-in only worked with ID CS4 and ID CS 5, but not earlier versions  (this was buried in the documentation and not stated clearly). There were also 1 or 2 reports of problems installing it; it tended to ignore CS4 if CS5 was also installed.

Liz Castro worked up a list of supported features: font size, style, special chars, text alignment, para align, cover, links, lists, TOC, color, tables. But there was also a comment that some page breaks were lost, and that when working from multiple files some formatting was lost.

All in all, it sounds like a good addition to inDesign, but I'm not entirely sure it's better than working with MobiCreator and KindleGen.

P.S. I'd like to thank @lizcastro, @crych, @sos_jr, @adamjury, @Timeroler, @mikecane, @JoaoCP, and others  for trying the plug-in.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on On making Kindle ebooks with inDesign

  1. Thank you very much for for the mention.

    However, I wasn’t able to perform any tests, since I use InDesign CS3 and the plug-in requires ID CS4 or CS5.

    In fact, my contribution to the topic was to complain that this crucial information should appear in the plug-in download page, not in the last pages of the release notes.

    Regarding the plug-in itself, after all these recent rumors of Amazon planning the inclusion of ePub support in the Kindle, I don’t know whether the release of this Mobi converter is good or bad news.

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