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Old 04-28-2009, 04:17 AM   #1
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Unhappy Txt to lrf: how to separate paragraphs, esp speech?

When I try to use calibre to convert a txt document to lrf, I lose the paragraphing, especially that which occurs when a different character begins speaking.

For example:

"Nice day today," said Fred.
"I suppose it is," George replied absent-mindedly.

becomes:

"Nice day today," said Fred. "I suppose it is," George replied absent-mindedly.

This is so ANNOYING.
Even the standard paragraphing is lost.
I've tried ticking the "insert lines between paragraphs" box, but this makes no difference. Can anyone help in non-tech language please; I'm fairly new to Calibre.

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Old 04-28-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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You need to have a blank line to create a new paragraph. See markdown syntax for more details.
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Thanks Gwyn, but can't this be done using Calibre; I don't really want to download yet another program.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:54 AM   #4
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No, the point is that Calibre treats any .txt as if it's in Markdown format, and the link I gave explained the syntax it's expecting, not anything to download. If you want to have your text as you want, you'll need the input to be:
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"Nice day today," said Fred.

"I suppose it is," George replied absent-mindedly.
It does make it easy to add chapters though (just put a "## " before the chapter text, e.g. "## Chapter 1"
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Thanks Gwyn, I'll have a go using that. I recently devised a Word template which I've been pasting my old txt books into. It seems to work for most documents, except, oddly, "A Little Princess" which Calibre made a real hash of converting.
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You could load the text into Word, format it as you want, save it as HTML and convert it using html2lrf.
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Thanks. I'll try this if I can't find a version already formatted in lrf.
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