Liz Castro’s Using InDesign to adapt plain text to ePUB
Liz Castro, the author of ePUB: Straight to the Point, has just released an new miniguide available in ePUB or Mobi titled Using InDesign to adapt plain text to ePUB. Castro describes the miniguide as:
There was a chapter that I ultimately decided to leave out of “EPUB Straight to the Point” that I’ve been wanting to publish for a long time. It explains how to use GREP in InDesign to massage a plain text file so that it’s easier to format. It shows how to get rid of extra line breaks, extra spaces, and how to convert special plain text formatting (underscores and carats) into their modern day counterparts, bold and small caps.
The book includes plenty of tips. While it does not include a TOC, here is a quick look at what is inside:
1. Removing extra returns
1.1. Styling short lines
1.2. Removing extra returns
1.3. Removing returns at the end of a line
1.4. Removing remains of returns
1.5. Getting rid of remaining placeholders
2. Removing extra spaces
3. Converting plain text formatting to styles
3.1. Converting Underscores to Italics
3.2. Converting Carats to Small Caps
4. Converting double dashes to em dashes
If you do any ePUB creation straight from plain text and have access to InDesign, it is worth downloading this free miniguide.
What do you think of this miniguide? Do you have any other tips for converting plain text to ePUB?