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03-31-2011, 03:18 PM
I have a book already published in paperback. I am wanting to convert it to an ebook for kindle/nook formats.

The book was written in word (docx) format. The book consists of primarily English characters but also has quite a bit of Japanese kanji and katakana in the text of the book.

When I convert the book only the English is present and the Japanese displays random symbols and letters. I am sure its an encoding issue. The question is how do I convert it from word format into an epub format that displays both English and Japanese text?

I have played with the idea of converting the Japanese text into pictures but they come out really grainy and are hard to line up with the existing text.

I have played with calibre and ecub and am running into the following issue.

03-31-2011, 07:07 PM
It sounds like you have the wrong encoding specified for either your input document or your output epub or both.

Your best bet is to try and set/convert everything to UTF-8, which will allow both language scripts to live happily side by side.

Hope this helps, and welcome to MobileRead!

03-31-2011, 07:49 PM
Another possibility is that you don't have the Japanese characters available as fonts in your eBook. This may involve embedding a font set.

04-01-2011, 02:29 PM
extracting a subset with fontforge and embedding it shoulsd suffice too, saving space in the container