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Old 11-02-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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need help with ebook formatting

Hello,

I am very new to ebook formatting. I have good knowledge of HTML and CSS but so far I have only tried a few things like write2pub for Open Office, SIgil and Calibre.

Any advice on any other software (preferably free) that I could play with?

Any rules for creating good ebooks out there?

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Old 11-02-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Any advice on any other software (preferably free) that I could play with?

Any rules for creating good ebooks out there?

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I find Notpad++ useful once you add the WebEdit plugin and customize it with appropriate tags.

There is a lot of info on formatting in MR's ePub and Kindle forums.
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Thanks dwig for the information. I will try out Notepad++

Do you think it is a good idea to create a template css that I can use with epubs, so I only make little changes here and there?
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Thanks dwig for the information. I will try out Notepad++

Do you think it is a good idea to create a template css that I can use with epubs, so I only make little changes here and there?
Well, for what it's worth that's what I do - I have two templates, one for MobileRead library and one for Circaidy Gregory Press for whom I'm doing some conversions from print to ePub. If some ebooks have special needs I just fiddle with the template.

In fact I use a template for the whole ePub, and just change or overwrite the files in it. It's pretty basic, but if it's of any interest to you I could send it.

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Old 11-05-2011, 07:05 AM   #5
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That is what I do too. I have a core epub with pages for covers and so on and a CSS stylesheet. I upload the book in the core and change what needs to be changed.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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In fact I use a template for the whole ePub, and just change or overwrite the files in it. It's pretty basic, but if it's of any interest to you I could send it.
Hello,

It would be great if you can send it.

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Old 11-09-2011, 01:58 PM   #7
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Hi Toxaris,

thanks for your comment. What toold do you use?
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I use primarily Word and Sigil. Sometimes Notepad++, but that is rare.
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It would be great if you can send it.

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Here's the one for Circaidy Gregory Press. It validates with ePubCheck and FlightCrew.
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Hi

You can use LibreOffice or OpenOffice with writer2xhtml extension. Totally free and multi-platform.

You'll find a guidebook with my signature. It's been published on MobileRead but it's in French.

The software itself can be used of course in English.
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:27 AM   #11
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Thank you Alex. I am going to try and do something this weekend and post it back here for your feedback, if that´s ok.

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I currently use Open Office with writer2epub extension but I will try the writer2xhtml extension too. Thanks
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Fine, or you could send me a private message with your email address, and I'll respond to it with mine.
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Hi Alex,

thanks from me for the template, too! I took away some nice ideas.

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You're very welcome, Sven. I have had a lot of help from people on these forums, and its nice to be able to help someone else.
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