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Gorod
04-03-2005, 02:53 PM
Editor's Comment:
This following post was recently entered by Peter Gorod, and I am delighted to highjack it for the front page. It's exciting to see this sort of tool appear. Peter has written a program to convert from MS Word documents to eReader format complete with tables and charts, etc. It can then be read on multiple platforms including PalmOS and Pocket PC.

I have not used the program myself, so I don't really know anything about it yet (nor can I guarantee its safety), but I encourage the more adventurous of our readers to give it a go and let Peter know on his forum what you think. Be sure to stop by here also to keep us updated on the general reaction! BobR
New way to convert Word Documents to eBooks (FREE)

Hi,

I wrote a program to convert Word Documents to eReader eBooks.

It is easy (just press a button) and complete (chapters, images, links, dozens of things). I wonder if any of the people in these forums would like to give it a try? I would appreciate any feedback.

Check it out at the site given below and let me know what you think. I have set up a forum there for Support - please post there.

Thank you
Peter Gorod
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Publish eBook - Convert structured Word Documents to eBooks with just one click!
http://pwp.netcabo.pt/Gorod/PublisheBook/

Colin Dunstan
04-04-2005, 08:24 AM
Peter, this is a great script you wrote. I had trouble first installing it, but when I switched Macro Security to Low in MS Word it did the trick!

Well at least for some documents. I tested it with an e-book in .rtf format (filesize ~2MB). First DropBook was kinda slow (took a few minutes on my Intel Centrino 1.7GHz and CPU usage was 100%) and then I received an error messagebox saying "There were fatal errors in Dropbook. Try correcting your original document to avoid them." The debug window showed the following error (twice):

"Illegal control code starting at "\160? Why would bandits attack a town?\i"

Gorod
04-05-2005, 06:27 AM
Peter, this is a great script you wrote. I had trouble first installing it, but when I switched Macro Security to Low in MS Word it did the trick!

Well at least for some documents. I tested it with an e-book in .rtf format (filesize ~2MB). First DropBook was kinda slow (took a few minutes on my Intel Centrino 1.7GHz and CPU usage was 100%) and then I received an error messagebox saying "There were fatal errors in Dropbook. Try correcting your original document to avoid them." The debug window showed the following error (twice):

"Illegal control code starting at "\160? Why would bandits attack a town?\i"

I thought I'd already answered this, but I must have done something wrong (I probably previewed my post, but never actually submitted it). So here it goes again:

This is a bit slow with large documents, since it does a lot of Find-And-Replace on the document, mostly for special characters and accents.

As for that dropbook error, try looking for that phrase in your document and checking if there is anything potentially strange immediately before it. Set Word to show you paragraph marks and other special characters - I once had this error caused by a couple of strange optional hyphens that were lost (and invisible) in the document.

If the problem persists, drop me a line in my own forums (my site, click "Support") and I'll try to give you more assistance.

And hey, thanks for trying the program! :-)

Peter

mandochild
08-25-2007, 07:22 AM
This is absolutely fantastic. I've been trying to make do with text files. This is SO much better than converting to Adobe (sorry!). Thanks to this script, my reading options have just opened up enormously. Thank you many times.

HarryT
08-25-2007, 08:11 AM
You're looking at a two and a half year old thread here. Today we have many excellent tools available for creating eBooks. Try, for example, "Book Designer" - it will create virtually any input format and creates multiple output formats.

NatCh
08-25-2007, 11:55 PM
Welcome to MobileRead, mandochild! :hatsoff: Really cool avatar, by the way!

As HarryT mentioned, you've got a whole bunch more options available that you might not know about, so have a look around and make yourself to home. :nice:

Bob Russell
08-26-2007, 10:46 AM
We do have lots of great options for making ebooks. It's wonderful!

But, two and a half years old or not, I still use Peter Gorod's MS Word script myself!
It's very simple and easy to adopt, or to remember even if it's been months since using it last. :)

mandochild
09-01-2007, 09:37 AM
Wow - thanks everyone! I had no idea there was such a great site as this until I googled just on the off-chance that I could convert my Word files... I'm fairly new to ebooks and have definitely found lots of "friction" involved. I shall be very interested to see how the new dedicated e-ink readers work out and I will definitely look at some of the other conversion options out there. Let's hope that ebooks come of age SOON and that we get lots of choice and cool added extras.

By the way, has anyone tried converting files to read on their iPod??

:book2:

HarryT
09-01-2007, 09:59 AM
I know that the iPod can display text files, but I'd hate to use it for that :). It would make reading on a Smartphone seem like heaven :grin:.

JSWolf
09-01-2007, 10:08 AM
Take your MS Word document and convert it to HTML and run it through html2lrf, or use Book Designer. Both will work so much better for the Sony Reader.

Bob Russell
09-01-2007, 11:42 AM
By the way, has anyone tried converting files to read on their iPod??Yvan has done this!...
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10329

DaleDe
09-01-2007, 02:33 PM
Reading books on an iPod is only one of the many topics I cover on my ebook page. http://users.cwnet.com/dalede/ebook.html

HarryT
09-02-2007, 02:33 AM
That's a bad link from my browser, Dale - no such site as "users.cwent.com".

JSWolf
09-02-2007, 08:51 AM
The URL has been fixed now.

HarryT
09-02-2007, 08:52 AM
Thanks!

mandochild
09-07-2007, 06:42 AM
Sounds like reading on iPod is somewhat masochistic! Wonder what the new large screen iPods will be like?! Can they compete with eink???? (okay, they won't be as great to read, but does the added bonus of music and portability cancel out the size and screen problem?

andym
09-07-2007, 10:36 AM
Sounds like reading on iPod is somewhat masochistic! Wonder what the new large screen iPods will be like?! Can they compete with eink???? (okay, they won't be as great to read, but does the added bonus of music and portability cancel out the size and screen problem?

IIRC the new screens are 3.5inch diagonal with a resolution of 480x320 (ish). So very roughly the same as a pda (same size though some pdas have a higher resolution). Smaller and with lower resolution than eink but perfectly usable and of course - colour. Reading A4 pdfs is possible but not something you'd want to do for an extended session but eBooks in html or a custom pdf from FeedBooks would be more than fine (espoecially as I think they use apple's Quartz rendering technology). There were some screengrabs from the iPhone somewhere on the site (or try the Books.app pages).

Gorod
02-20-2008, 04:52 PM
Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that Publish eBook now has a new version that should work fine with Word 2007, and with a few other improvements.

Check it out at

http://pwp.netcabo.pt/gorod/PublisheBook

Thanks.

rajeevgeorge
10-09-2009, 04:09 AM
Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that Publish eBook now has a new version that should work fine with Word 2007, and with a few other improvements.

Check it out at

http://pwp.netcabo.pt/gorod/PublisheBook

Thanks.

Hi,

That link is down. Do you have another site where I could download that utility?
Thanks
Rajeev

mtravellerh
10-09-2009, 04:30 AM
Hi,

That link is down. Do you have another site where I could download that utility?
Thanks
Rajeev

No wonder, it's quasi neolithical considering the age of the Internet. :)
There are a lot of better tools around anyway. Please tell us what you want to do exactly and I'll give you a link!

rajeevgeorge
10-09-2009, 04:40 AM
No wonder, it's quasi neolithical considering the age of the Internet. :)
There are a lot of better tools around anyway. Please tell us what you want to do exactly and I'll give you a link!

Thanks for the offer. I would like to make ebooks/convert to EReader format from MS Word and/or PDF formats.

Thanks again.

PieOPah
10-09-2009, 08:44 AM
Check http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28313 to see if that outputs the format you are after.

mtravellerh
10-11-2009, 11:11 AM
Stanza at www.lexcycle.com!

Gorod
11-03-2009, 01:07 PM
The link for Publish eBook is now

http://publishebook.x10hosting.com/

My previous free hosting was terminated by my ISP, so I changed it to a new place... I'm sorry it took me a few months to do it! :-)

I hope it's still useful for someone...

rckstr
12-18-2009, 01:32 PM
Hi Peter,

I tried to go to the site and get this program but was directed to a site that was spanish????? Is this site correct????

Rickie

Editor's Comment:
This following post was recently entered by Peter Gorod, and I am delighted to highjack it for the front page. It's exciting to see this sort of tool appear. Peter has written a program to convert from MS Word documents to eReader format complete with tables and charts, etc. It can then be read on multiple platforms including PalmOS and Pocket PC.

I have not used the program myself, so I don't really know anything about it yet (nor can I guarantee its safety), but I encourage the more adventurous of our readers to give it a go and let Peter know on his forum what you think. Be sure to stop by here also to keep us updated on the general reaction! BobR

mtravellerh
12-18-2009, 02:42 PM
Have a look at the post prior to your own, please!

miannayyar
01-03-2010, 10:52 PM
how i can convert my word documents to my mobile e-book my mobile is china club

mtravellerh
01-05-2010, 01:47 AM
I don't know your reader. What formats does it understand? Normally, simple text may be easily transferrable and is understood by most hardware readers. Open with Word, then save as text.

neelley
08-26-2011, 11:55 AM
Editor's Comment:
This following post was recently entered by Peter Gorod, and I am delighted to highjack it for the front page. It's exciting to see this sort of tool appear. Peter has written a program to convert from MS Word documents to eReader format complete with tables and charts, etc. It can then be read on multiple platforms including PalmOS and Pocket PC.

I have not used the program myself, so I don't really know anything about it yet (nor can I guarantee its safety), but I encourage the more adventurous of our readers to give it a go and let Peter know on his forum what you think. Be sure to stop by here also to keep us updated on the general reaction! BobR

Has anyone tried this? The url redirects to a different page...I don't see anything about the tool mentioned.

JSWolf
08-26-2011, 11:58 AM
The page linked in the first post says it's discontinued.

HarryT
08-26-2011, 12:01 PM
The page linked in the first post says it's discontinued.

Possibly because the quoted post is from 2005...

:chinscratch:

It really is a good idea to look at the date of a post before answering it.

Uncle heFTy
10-15-2011, 03:05 AM
Good morning every(any)one,

I'm a putative biographer of a singer and am looking to convert a large (c.300 pp) word doc to a format suitable for the Kindle/Ipad/e-reader. I work on Mac.

If anyone has a link for an easy version that works on MAC I'd be very grateful - having read, and tried, many of the links on here they don't seem to work too well on Mac.

While I am at it, is there any way to have hyperlinks in an e-book.

Thanks in advance

Uncle H

HarryT
10-15-2011, 03:18 AM
Please don't drag a 6-year-old thread back from the grave to ask unrelated questions. Start a new thread to ask a new question.

Thanks.

Gorod
11-29-2011, 12:45 PM
Some people on this thread seem to overlook my post above stating the link for Publish eBook is now

http://publishebook.x10hosting.com/

So, it's not discontinued, it just changed hosting. I still use it, though I don't develop it anymore...