Can you import an .odt document into Adobe Indesign?

Dear Friends,
I am trying to import a manuscript for a book into Indesign . Has anyone had any experience doing that? I can convert it to a Word document, but is there a way to do it directly and preserve the formatting?
Thanks for your help

A quick web search suggests the answer is no.

But the answer is really yes. As indicated by one of the page 1 search results in the web search above, “Supported file formats for InDesign CS5 - Adobe Systems”, Word (which the thread starter asked about) is a supported file format for the Place command in InDesign.
It works fine.

You could try exporting it as a PDF then opening it in Design. This should work

This is not a good idea, even if it works. It’s a valid answer to the question, but you have obviously not understood the purpose of InDesign or the circumstances that the thread starter is explaining. The thread starter has a manuscript in LibreOffice writer, that he or she wants to import into InDesign. It would be meaningless to import it as a PDF, and with a print ready PDF from Writer you might as well not use InDesign at all. The text of the PDF would not be editable in InDesign.

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In InDesign you just put the cursor in the main textframe and “place” the file (ctrl+d). There is no odt filter for InDesign as far as I know, but if you save a copy of your file as Word (.doc or .docx) it should work fine by default. Fonts and styles, such as alignment are kept intact.

(I made a screen shot of the settings dialogue, but since I’m new here (I created a user just to answer this), I’m not allowed to upload the image.)

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