10-28-2011, 11:47 PM
I have created a new blog entry on the easiest way to create an ePub file with a Word document. This can be complex and intimidating for novices but I think have created the easiest and best way for a novice to transform their word doc into an epub file.
Check it out here: http://lunaraseries.blogspot.com/2011/10/best-and-easiest-way-to-create-epub.html
10-29-2011, 04:58 AM
Wow! That sure is confusing. You mix Smashwords and Sigi in a rather confusing mess. So you say to publish as Shasmwords, let their meatgrinder grind away, download it, rename in Sigil and you're done? Far from it. I have to say, that you missed out a lot.
Word > ePub
Save as filtered HTML
Convert to ePub using Calibre
Clean up/rename in Sigil (there will be a lot of cleaning up)
Then you can be done once FlightCrew says it validates and ADE shows it works as you want. A knowledge of CSS/XML is a must when converting Word to ePub. I know I oversimplified things there. But that's basically it in a nutshell.
10-29-2011, 10:16 AM
Actually I skip step two with Calibre, I just do everything in Sigil. Then again, I use a macro to produce clean HTML.
Meatgrinder from Smashword is one of the worst tools out there. It produces many errors and does not support everything.
10-29-2011, 10:19 AM
'Easiest' and 'best' are both pretty subjective, and often work at cross purposes. I found that both Calibre and Sigil did things that just confused me when I looked at the generated files. Don't get me started on what the meatgrinder can do your files, you just have to go back through this forum's threads. I have backed off to a more manual procedure that involves more, but simpler, steps.
10-29-2011, 12:59 PM
What I do is load the doc file into LibreOffice and export it using either Writer2Epub (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=230) or, under certain circumstances, Writer2xhtml (as an epub).
Then the resulting epub gets touched up in Sigil (cover image, more metadata, maybe tweak the toc.ncx).
10-29-2011, 07:12 PM
The reason to use Smashwords is that it meatgrinds the ePub file into an industry standard form. Sigil is for the touch ups. It may seem confusing because it uses three programs (word, smashwords, and sigil) but it almost guarentees that you won't miss any formatting errors.
10-29-2011, 08:37 PM
Well, to each his/her own. But if you do a search on these forums for "smashwords" "meatgrinder" and "epubcheck error" you'll see that the meatgrinder does not produce an "industry standard" product.
... unless you meant the sausage industry... :rofl:
(sorry about that!)
10-30-2011, 08:38 AM
There is no 'industry standard'. The specifications are set and very open for interpretation in some cases. I feel that Sigil produces the best standard in the file- and directory naming.
If I see the filenames in the error messages from Meatgrinder, than the naming is absolutly horrid.