InDesign-CC 2015 Update

Some of you may have noticed that I consider Scrivener/InDesign the ideal writing platform. Scrivener is marvelous for writing. InDesign is marvelous for creating beautiful layouts that you can export to high-quality PDFs or epubs from the same document.

You can see ID-2015’s new features described here: … s-more.php

I’m going to focus on the Publish Online feature since it is getting little attention and I think it holds quite a bit of potential for savvy authors.

What is Publish Online? Run it from InDesign, and it’ll create an almost picture perfect replica of your book hosted on Adobe’s website. Here is a description of the features: … nline.html

You can see my latest book here: … e8f0ce19ab

Note that long and obscure file address. Adobe’s primary purpose for this is, I suspect, to allow someone doing design or layout to post a book online for others to review and markup without needing a Creative Cloud membership. That long address gives security through obscurity.

Think of various markup tools working alongside those page pictures. It’s likely to be better than clumsy PDF markup and could be used with any visual result for a host of Adobe products (i.e. Photoshop) not just InDesign.

Note something else. You can’t copy that text. Web links also don’t work. I suspect that is because what we are seeing is a image (jpg or otherwise) of the book. That’s a plus for authors because it means that while others can view you book just as it will look, they won’t be able to snitch it, leaving you living in a dumpster.

How does it help you or I as authors? Suppose you want to encourage someone to review or to buy your book. You’re choices at present aren’t great:

  1. Mail them a printed copy—slow and expensive.

  2. Email them a pdf or epub version. If you are a stranger, they may be suspicious of that file and the bother of side loading it onto some device.

  3. Offer it through an online store. That will only work if the store cooperates and if you set up some coupon scheme. That’s a lot of trouble.

Now there’s this method. Just give them a web link and they can view your book in whole or in part, you decide which. Easy viewing. No klutzing with the sample size a retailer dictates you can use.

In my case, that means that I can email nursing magazines, nursing school professors, nursing organizations, hospital administrators, and anyone else who might be interested. That’s a lot cheaper for me and a lot simpler for them.

If you’re interested, the published version is here. The print versions should be out soon. … 1005818421 … B00ZJH32OA

The intended price is free for the digital version to get its message out. Unfortunately, Amazon, Scrooge’s meaner brother, won’t let me do that so I have to wait until Amazon discovers it’s free elsewhere and price matches. Silly.

If you publish through InDesign or pass your book along to someone who does, you might want to take advantage of this feature. Adobe is doing the hosting, so it costs you nothing. It’s a good way to release review copies without the expense.

–Michael W. Perry, Inkling Books

Thank you very much for this information because I’m looking at how to go about doing exports/compiling from Scrivener and importing/opening up in InDesign.

Just a few comments I wanted to make regarding your post.

The “long and obscure file address” is an artificial unique identifier for the associated file you created.

The web view of the “book” is images in the browser, however, do not think that someone can’t copy an image. There are some programs on the internet that will brilliantly recompile a PDF file from those images along with text that can be edited. I’ve seen it done before and have some software that does that. I’ve used it on court documents and other scanned documents that were originally in “image” format.

Also, something you might want to be aware of is that I was able to download a PDF file of your book that I could edit from the link you include to Adobe’s website where your book is hosted for sharing/viewing/reading which is what you mentioned was your intention. Thanks for that. I just wanted to bring it up for you because it can be used in that format. I do some security research on the side and check to see how secure PDFs can be. Just a heads up, they’re not as secure as you think. So be aware of this when publishing. Adobe is notorious about making cool things with security issues (PDF & Flash anyone).

Anyway, I had a question for you. What format do you compile from Scrivener so you can import your text/photos/etc. into InDesign?