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Old 07-19-2007, 05:26 PM   #1
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Using Book Designer to convert Lit to Lrf?

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or just load straight into Book Designer. Most books will work brilliantly after conversion. I've done some conversion of some LIT format books and they look great on the Sony Reader.
Could you please explain the way you do it?.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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Could you please explain the way you do it?.
1. Run Book Designer
2. Open the DRM-free LIT file
3. Proceed to clean it up. Most of the problems will be titles and subtitles that are not really titles and subtitles. I just convert them to paragraphs and fix the excess spacing if there is any.
4. Once you've cleaned up the book, save it as Book Designer (HTML0) and Sony Reader and voila.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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1. Run Book Designer
2. Open the DRM-free LIT file
3. Proceed to clean it up. Most of the problems will be titles and subtitles that are not really titles and subtitles. I just convert them to paragraphs and fix the excess spacing if there is any.
4. Once you've cleaned up the book, save it as Book Designer (HTML0) and Sony Reader and voila.
That is a fairly over simplified process. What I can do for you is help walk you though a conversion process. Baen books is a good source as they have free DRM-free LIT files. Just give me a URL to a book and we can begin the process. You will need MS Reader installed so you can view the original formatting to make sure yours matches well enough.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:21 PM   #4
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That is a fairly over simplified process. What I can do for you is help walk you though a conversion process. Baen books is a good source as they have free DRM-free LIT files. Just give me a URL to a book and we can begin the process. You will need MS Reader installed so you can view the original formatting to make sure yours matches well enough.
You don't really have to do that with Baen LIT files. They come out of the lit2lrf converter pretty well formatted.
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I prefer to start with the RTF file from Baen. All I do with those is:

1. Download the RTF and the "large size" cover picture from Baen.
2. Open the RTF in BD.
3. Use "Element Browser" to make sure that nothing's been made into a title that shouldn't be one.
4. Select "Make Sony Reader Book", and drag the high-res cover picture onto the title image box.
5. Make the book.

That's it. Takes about 2 minutes, max, and gives you a nicely formatted LRF book.
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I prefer to start with the RTF file from Baen. All I do with those is:


3. Use "Element Browser" to make sure that nothing's been made into a title that shouldn't be one.
What do you do if everything looks perfect in EB but when you create lrf file and open it some of titles cannot be found in auto generated toc?


For example: in EB you can see chapters
6
7
8
1
2

As it should be.

When you open lrf file and look at TOC, you get this:

6
7
8
2


chapter 1 is missing, although it ic clearly marked as a title ...
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This happens when two title are too close together. An easy fix is to have a lot of whitespace in front of the later title.

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What do you do if everything looks perfect in EB but when you create lrf file and open it some of titles cannot be found in auto generated toc?


For example: in EB you can see chapters
6
7
8
1
2

As it should be.

When you open lrf file and look at TOC, you get this:

6
7
8
2


chapter 1 is missing, although it ic clearly marked as a title ...
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Thanks, I will try it and let you know.


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Nope. It doesn't help. even if I insert 30 empty lines or a page break. It doesn't want to add the title to the TOC, although EB recognises it correctly. Very odd...

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Thanks, I will try it and let you know.


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Nope. It doesn't help. even if I insert 30 empty lines or a page break. It doesn't want to add the title to the TOC, although EB recognizes it correctly. Very odd...
In the Make Sony Reader file requester set toc to all or full. I think it defaults to short which may be the problem.
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In the Make Sony Reader file requester set toc to all or full. I think it defaults to short which may be the problem.
Will try it, Thank you.


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Brilliant! It works!

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It's not a bug in BD, just a settings issue. Anyway, glad it's working now.
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It's not a bug in BD, just a settings issue.
Agree
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