Exporting to ePub - the General Tab
A dialog box will open with three tabs. The ﬁ rst tab is called
<General>. You will want to check <Include Document Metadata>, for
reasons already explained.
Although it doesn’t appear in this screenshot, you may have the
option of choosing your ePub version, either ePub 2.0 or ePub
3.0. ePub 2.0 is recommended. It is an older format and will have
a broader readership since not everyone has the newest tablet
or device. However, ePub 3.0 better supports more embedded
on the contents of your InDesign ﬁ le and how accessible you
would like your book to be to folks with older devices.
<Add Publisher Entry> refers to the publisher’s information. You can
list the publisher’s name or specify a URL for the reader to visit.
<Unique Identiﬁ er> is one of the few required ﬁ elds you will have
to ﬁ ll out. It refers to a unique attribute of the book, like an ISBN. If
you don’t have an ISBN, you can leave this ﬁ eld blank. InDesign
will automatically generate an Indentiﬁ er number for you.
If you have an InDesign ﬁ le placed in your InDesign ﬁ le for the cover,
or have placed a ﬂ attened image ﬁ le, you can choose <Rasterize
First Page> for the <EPUB Cover>. If you have a ﬂ attened cover
ﬁ le elsewhere, not placed in the InDesign ﬁ le, you can choose <Use
Existing Image File>, and navigate to where that ﬁ le is located.
<Ordering> refers to the reading order the export process uses to
organize the book’s content. If there is no applied structure, the
order will default to <Based on Page Layout>. If you have applied
a structure with XML tags, the radio button for <Same as XML
Structure> will be available. If you have applied your structure
according to this tutorial, with the Articles Palette, the radio button
for <Same as Articles Pane> will be available.
Under <Formatting Options>, the Book Margin can be set as Pixels
or Ems. This distance is margin between the edge of the ePub page
and the ﬂ owing content.
If there are Bullet or Number lists in the InDesign ﬁ le(s) you will be
exporting, you can give InDesign direction here for how the lists
will appear when converted to HTML.