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Old 07-15-2010, 05:35 AM   #1
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Hi

Hope someone can advise

I've been converting some word docs to read on my Kindle 2 but not too happy with the overall result.

First I convert to PDF then using calibre convert to Mobi.

Tried a few different fonts about size 12.

The basic problem is with the formatting when reading on Kindle ie line spacing w, sentences flowing across line spaces and justification of texts paragraph flowing into each other

Thanks

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Old 07-15-2010, 05:51 AM   #2
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First I convert to PDF then using calibre convert to Mobi.

Tried a few different fonts about size 12.

The basic problem is with the formatting when reading on Kindle ie line spacing w, sentences flowing across line spaces and justification of texts paragraph flowing into each other
Forget about PDF. Converting from PDF to anything else is always going to be iffy. Save the document as RTF or 'filtered HTML' and use that as input for Calibre. It'll work much better.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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Agreed that going through PDF is not a good idea.

I've had good success with Amazon's conversion service. You send them your .doc file and they send it to you by email for free for you to transfer yourself via USB or they'll send it directly to your kindle via Whispernet for a fee.

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Old 07-15-2010, 07:03 AM   #4
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I've found HTML to MOBI in Calibre is pretty good - I converted my PDF ebooks that way, via HTML first, as PDF straight to MOBI didn't give very good results.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:56 AM   #7
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If you check in the Sony forum you may find a Word macro that I did years ago to clean up word files before converting. It should hopefully still work.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:15 PM   #8
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Kairos, I have a set of tutorial steps on my website to help authors with this word-to-kindle problem. Covers hanging-indents on paragraph starts, embedded styles, image embedding, page-breaks etc. Check it out: http://BVLARSON.COM
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