We've created this Forum Thread with some workarounds and advice to assist you in publishing you ebook.
Moving poetry book from print to e-book
I have a book of poetry ready to go in print. I’m thinking about making it available as an e-book also. The layout is complex, with many of the lines indented to show the rhyme scheme.
It would be easiest to create an e-book using the PDF I can export from InDesign; no reformatting needed. I am able to read such PDFs on my iPad using a couple of different readers (iBooks and GoodReader), and I assume that there are similar apps for Android tablets. I don’t own any dedicated e-book readers such as the Kindle or Nook. I believe one can load PDFs into them, but would appreciate confirmation of this.
The Knowledge Base article on publishing e-books in PDF says that PDF e-books can be sold only on Lulu.com and cannot have an ISBN. Is the latter true even if one supplies the ISBN? This seems like an unfortunate limitation.
If I decide to convert to EPUB, I have some questions since I have never worked with that format before. I’ve read the articles here and understand about using styles to create the e-book TOC and so forth.
I can export the text from InDesign into Word format. It’s set up now to use tabs to indent the lines of verse. Does EPUB handle tabs well? In other words, if I have a style called Poem_line with tabs at .25”, .5”, and .75”, will the indents display properly or does EPUB not work this way?
If tabs don’t work, does EPUB respect paragraph indentations? I could create a style Poem1 that is flush left, another Poem2 that is indented .25”, another Poem3 indented .5”, and so forth. This would be a lot more work but I could do it if necessary.
Finally, it appears that the Kindle does not support EPUB. So if I wanted the book on Amazon I’d have to use another tool (CreateSpace, I suppose). Is that right?