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Old 05-02-2011, 12:22 PM   #91
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But sometimes Smashwords ePub can be a bit not all that wonderful since they use and automated meatgrinder to do the conversion. Find a place you can put nicely hand crafted ePub and then you'll be in business.
I found smashwords meatgrinder to be quite poor

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:59 PM   #92
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I found smashwords meatgrinder to be quite poor
I bought a book the other day from B&N that came from Smashwords and it was a Word document converted to ePub via Calibre. The resulting document was nasty. This just makes me want to stay away from buying anything from Smashwords since they just don't know what to do properly.

The way to do it is to allow the author to upload a good ePub and any other formats the author wants and any missing formats get converted from the ePub.
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I suggest everyone who reads this gives Smashwords a call and tell them they need to allow authors to upload premade eBooks. The way they do it now is not working well at all.
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I bought a book the other day from B&N that came from Smashwords and it was a Word document converted to ePub via Calibre. The resulting document was nasty. This just makes me want to stay away from buying anything from Smashwords since they just don't know what to do properly.

The way to do it is to allow the author to upload a good ePub and any other formats the author wants and any missing formats get converted from the ePub.
It isn't just Smashwords that makes bad ebooks from badly formatted Word files, Amazon do it too. The problem is with the source Word file, and anyone who can't format one of those properly is unlikely to be able to format an epub properly either.
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It isn't just Smashwords that makes bad ebooks from badly formatted Word files, Amazon do it too. The problem is with the source Word file, and anyone who can't format one of those properly is unlikely to be able to format an epub properly either.
Sometimes It is just easier to deal with ePub then it is to deal with Word. My idea is to do the editing in a Word, apply the markdown syntax, save as text and run it through Calibre. That would eliminate all the garbage Word puts in.
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The way to do it is to allow the author to upload a good ePub and any other formats the author wants and any missing formats get converted from the ePub.
I agree with this; I made the .mobi for the kindle and uploaded it to Amazon and it looked nice.

The mobi made by Smashwords was terrible and I had to delete it, I only allow the epub, .pdf, and .rtf; although the .rtf seems to be corrupt
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I pay good money no matter how much or how little and I don't like to get an eBook that I could have made better from the same Word document.

Smashwords is causing authors to lose money. There are eBooks I would have bought, but not from SW given how bad they can be under the hood when I want to fix them to how I like.
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I agree with this; I made the .mobi for the kindle and uploaded it to Amazon and it looked nice.

The mobi made by Smashwords was terrible and I had to delete it, I only allow the epub, .pdf, and .rtf; although the .rtf seems to be corrupt
I had a look at your ePub sample from Smashwords and the code is awful. The CSS is rather bad too. I hate to say, but it needs to be cleaned up and put someplace else.
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I had a look at your ePub sample from Smashwords and the code is awful. The CSS is rather bad too. I hate to say, but it needs to be cleaned up and put someplace else.

That may explain why I'm not selling any All of this is really just an experiment for me at the moment. Apart from Amazon and smashwords not sure where else you can place ebook files.

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I have my book on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook. It looks good on Kindle and Nook so far, but I don't have the readers to look on Smashwords. The PDF looked good though.

I expect most of my sales to come from Kindle so that's where I focus most of my marketing. I'm just worried the thing won't sell! But it's only been two days haha
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I have my book on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook. It looks good on Kindle and Nook so far, but I don't have the readers to look on Smashwords. The PDF looked good though.

I expect most of my sales to come from Kindle so that's where I focus most of my marketing. I'm just worried the thing won't sell! But it's only been two days haha
When you say nook, do you mean you published it direct to B&N? Doesn't B&N get eBooks from Smashwords?
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They do, I just decided to publish mine straight to B&N and use smashwords for whatever other platforms.
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I just recently found how you can publish via B&N direct. So you can make an ePub eBook how you want and then publish it via B&N as is. That's good. Smashwords is just not good.
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Yeah I'm very underwhelmed by it but I'll keep my book their anyway. I think Kindle is the best and biggest so far. It's the one I mainly market.
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Yeah I'm very underwhelmed by it but I'll keep my book their anyway. I think Kindle is the best and biggest so far. It's the one I mainly market.
How about making an ePub you are happy with a publishing at B&N? Then you can push that version as well.
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