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Jules
06-13-2008, 10:58 AM
Following a set of instructions, I have created a word document of a book that I want to submit to kindle. The formatting of the book looks great in the word document, but when we submitted it to Kindle, the formatting got screwed up. All the text is now justified left, there are weird page breaks etc. Anyone know how to keep the book from adjusting it's layout when it is submitted to kindle?

Nate the great
06-13-2008, 11:11 AM
What exactly do you mean by "submit"? Do you mean you are going to sell an ebook in the Kindle Store? If so, then you should consider getting one of Mobipocket's ebook creation tools. Create the file in html, and then make the ebook yourself.

FYI The Kindle is just another Mobi device, after all.

Jules
06-13-2008, 11:20 AM
Ok. I found a "help document" online called the Guide to Publishing with Amazon's Digital Text Platform and MS Word. In this document it says to upload the word document to DTP and they convert it to html. So, I took the original pdf file of the book, coverted it to a word document, and fixed they layout etc. Then, someone else published it with DTP. But when we went to preview it, like I said before, the formatting/layout was all screwed up.

daffy4u
06-13-2008, 11:36 AM
MS Word is an html editor. You just have to save the file with a .html extension.

That said, as pointed out above it would be easier to import the word doc into MobiCreator and convert it into a PRC file.

As for issues on the layout changes, maybe someone will come along and chime in. I'm still working on converting a dictionary with not much success (taking a break for a few days from that project).

Jules
06-13-2008, 11:38 AM
I found the mobi creator software and that sounds super easy. My one question on that is that once I've created my ebook, how would I sell it on Amazon?

daffy4u
06-13-2008, 11:46 AM
I found the mobi creator software and that sounds super easy. My one question on that is that once I've created my ebook, how would I sell it on Amazon?

http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/entry.jspa?externalID=33&categoryID=7

JSWolf
06-13-2008, 01:19 PM
The problem is that PDF can sometimes give you one hell of a poor conversion when trying to convert to something else. It's just nasty at times. So the onyl way to sort it out is to convert the PDF and then sit there and compare the conversion with the original PDF and fix anything you find wrong. You are best off to convert the PDF to HTML. Then compare that and fix any errors. Next once that is done, fix up the HTML so you can convert that to Mobi with Mobipocket Creator.