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EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders by Elizabeth Castro

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Chapter 4. Advanced EPUB Formatting

InDesign, not to mention Word, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the design capabilities available in EPUB. I haven’t found an EPUB editor that does. Regardless of what you start with—InDesign, Word or handcoded XHTML—you can always add additional effects with a text editor in order to take advantage of all that EPUB supports. In this chapter, you’ll learn about:

• Ensuring ereaders use your CSS

• How InDesign writes XHTML and CSS and what to do about it

• How to choose and specify fonts for your ebook

• How to keep elements together, create drop caps and small caps, control spacing and indents, deal with short lines, and insert borders and backgrounds

• What to do about hyphenation

• How to insert ...

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