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Old 01-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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how to formatting a book for epub and mobi/prc?

Hi, I'm new here
I bought a Nook ST and I started to learn how to create EPUBs.
So I downloaded a new and free ebook, in PDF.
I want to convert it to a good ePub and, once it's done, convert EPUB for Kindle devices without losing formatting.

I'm using LibO + writer2epub.
I copied and pasted every page from pdf to LibO.
It was necessary because the pdf book seems a magazine, not a book (two columns, images, etc).
I'm not interested in PDF to EPUB 1:1 conversion but in EPUB to MOBI 1:1.
I want to keep:
  • ordered lists (like this one )
  • chapters
  • images, floating and wrapping around text
  • tables with right floating text
  • subscripts (like number 2 in the CO2 formula)

I think that EPUB has no problems because there is CSS support;
but mobipocket format doesn't support CSS, so how can I make a good EPUB with tables, floating text, wrapping text, subscripts?

Have you got some suggestions in EPUB to MOBI/PRC 1:1 conversion?
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:50 AM   #2
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The way I do it is to make the ePub in valid XHTML files with an external style sheet, content.opf and toc.ncx files, package them up into a valid ePub file, and use calibre to convert to mobi. Calibre handles most of the places where I have used a stylesheet, and where it doesn't work I go back to simplify the CSS until I get the result I want.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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thanks for your reply
ok, I'll try in the same way
Alternatively Amazon's KindleGen could give an help; I never tried it, anyway.
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You're very welcome. Best wishes in your endeavours
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