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We were very pleased to be able to work on the ebook version of this innovative project.

Quakebook cover

Quakebook is:

A Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11, 2011 affected us all. All revenues from the QuakeBook Book go to the Japan Red Cross.

Threepress took the print-ready InDesign file and converted it to EPUB (which was then provided to Amazon for conversion to Mobi). It took a ridiculous amount of time given the length of the title — almost 20 man-hours, compressed into just a few calendar hours — typical of InDesign conversions that weren’t EPUB-optimized. InDesign’s output really needs to be more fault-tolerant; it should not be a specialized skill to just create EPUB-friendly InDesign files.


4 Responses to “Quakebook: a community-sourced book benefiting Japan”

  1. Yashmi

    The output style sheet of indesign to epub conversion need a cleaning process, and it took more time. Is there any way to make easier?

  2. Yashmi

    Indesign CS5 epub conversion may easier than others (CS3 & CS4)

  3. Ethan Russell

    my experiece exactly… either indesign cs4 or cs5. frankly neither qualify as epub export given amount of additional tweaking required. Anyone know a decent tool?