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Old 12-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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I'm busy for quite some time now with searching for programs that will allow me to work quick and swiftly to create Ebooks.

Most of the time, I use a MS Word 2007 edition,to remove gutenberg or other website's headers/footers, check for spelling and grammar errors, save the book as a html, and import it to Book Designer to further edit it to make my ebook file from it.
Also, in 'Word 2007',there is an option to click AutoFormat (Ctrl+ALT+K).
Sometimes txt files get converted in one click to a document with titles and paragraphs. I even once had, that Word automatically corrected manual line breaks or paragraph brakes, and made the text like it should (without a sentence being divided by a hard enter).

I'd also recommend to check the document in Word in Web-layout, as occasional hard enter errors are easier to be noted there then in draft or print view.

Generally in bookdesigner I remove empty lines, update page/line and paragraph breaks,set subtitles and insert a coverpicture or occasional additional pictures. Then I create a TOC (table of Contents), and export it to LRF.
Though BD also supports other formats (like LIT, PRC and others..)

Generally this will do for the majority of the books available, and is in my eyes about the simplest way to create an ebook. This may differ for the file formats used. I use the Sony reader (PRS-505), so I need to use BD.
It would be nice to hear from other users who convert to other formats



Next are little more advanced tasks:

There are some books with endnotes or references (which I replace with Word 'ENDNOTES'). Footnotes don't always work.
Usually books with a reference-index on the bottom (reference of words used & their page) I remove with Word, since it makes no sense to have the page number in a document with another pagesize and numbering.

Semi - Advanced 1
But now I'm busy for several days with the Old testament Bible.
Just like with maybe some scientific books, it uses a lot of links, that will enable you to faster access chapters, or crosslink.
Because of the size of the book, I will manually create a TOC in MS WORD,and disable the BookDesigner TOC.

TOC's, hyperlinks, crosslinks and stuff are in Word, best inserted using 'bookmarks'.
Then you can hyperlink text to bookmarks.
Every link, but endnotes, are best inserted via bookmarks.
You can also hyperlink a word directly to a chapter title, or subtitle, but that seems to cause some issues when you modify the document.
Also, Word creates a bookmark for every link you click, and often those bookmarks make no sense using names like "_Hlt217721467", are hard to trace back in case you need to lookup a link. Name your bookmarks a logical name (like eg a title, or the name of a word/sentence/picture it is referring to)
Also the automatic creation of links in a MS Word document, will only make the file larger, slower to convert in bookdesigner, and may even cause trouble when creating a book that already contains a lot of links.

Therefor, make sure that before importing the file into BookDesigner, you remove bookmarks automatically created by Word, when clicking a link inside of a document.
MS Word seems to add bookmarks automatically every time a link is clicked. (you can edit by clicking 'CTRL+SHIFT+F5' in word).


So far I have had no success using MS Word 2007 Crosslinks.
I don't know if that option is available in previous Word editions, but it is in the 2007 edition with which I work.

Since the Bible is one of the books with the most chapters around, it is very painful to create all these hyperlinks and bookmarks, so I've been searching for some ways to do them semi-automated.

I use a lot of 'search & replace', and macro's in word. They help me reduce the workload tons!

But certain links (like 'Next Chapter', and 'previous chapter', which are not necessary for a normal book, but is for the bible with way over 400 chapters), you can not automatically add.
I noted I needed an editor, with good 'search and replace' functionality, and so far I've found a couple of programs which I currently am testing.

I previously tried to edit my html files with notepad; but it seems notepad sometimes leaves traces in the document which are unwanted.
Especially when editing .doc files; plus, when the .doc file gets larger than 1MB in size, searching and replacing in notepad goes painfully slow; even on a 1,66Ghz Dual core machine).
Later on I found, that editing .doc files makes little sense, since bookdesigner converts Word documents directly to .htm files; plus htm files are easier to edit.
So I searched for a Hex/Bin editor.
Usually editors of this kind don't leave any traces, but it seemed that I could not insert or delete a character in the Hex editor programs I had.

Learning that BD creates htm documents, I decided I needed to edit the Html version.
MS Word, no matter how good of a program it is, would not allow me to see a text based version of an HTML editor, I decided to go for an external HTML editor (not related to/build in Windows or Word).
I tried several programs, including the painful and slow old program 'Edit.com' in the Windows Command.
Though Edit works fine, there are issues with copy/paste, lines that won't fit the screen, and there is no 'undo'.

In the searching process I also noted BD has an internal HTM editor,however when using this editor, it would change links and make them larger, like eg: link: '#_Chapter_1' would be in BD converted to '#_file_location/filename/Chapter_1' or something...

So now I'm settled with Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.
Having seen their MS Visual Basic 2008 Edition, and MS Visual C#/C++ EditionI can say I'm quite impressed with the program.
It is a text based html editor, that organizes and colors all the data inside an HTM and HTML file to better edit it.
However loading a large file goes very slow.

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition is a free version for download here
You'll need to register it (free) within 30 days, and the program will work fine after that.

Via this way I want to ask some forum members who have experience with text based html editors, which they would recommend. Obviously it needs to be free, and create an HTM(L) document without trouble; but so far I think this program,with build in macro would be close to the best available

So after some testing, I've looked inside of the HTML created from Word, and it seems Word puts a lot of data there that is totally unnecessary (like headings and fonts I never used in the document!).
Is there anyone who knows if Bookdesigner automatically removes those?

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All the above works fine for converting already existing electronic textbooks.
If you have a P-book you want to convert, there are some additional steps to take prior to the editing/laying-out of a book.
You'll need a scanner, or documents that are scanned in image form and preferably have a higher than 200dpi resolution.
Then you'll need a program with OCR support, that can read,recognize,and convert the text.
Programs with OCR support are generally very expensive;around the 350-400 dollars region.
I can not help you on finding a free version,since I tried 2 trial versions that would cost me money, and I found that even they still had a lot of errors.
Out of the 2 programs tried, I would recommend you the Adobe Acrobat 9 program!

It scans your document pretty fast, and the OCR recognizes text better than with the other version I tried.

After OCR is completed, copy paste the text from Acrobat into a Word document.

In Word itself, the first thing to do is to find all the titles,and paragraphs, and set their style. (meaning change their color, size, and font type)
I don't know why but it seems when scanning a text there still remain a lot of errors in font formatting.

Next is further converting your text manually.
I would suggest to only use 'search and replace' in word,and not to replace each word individually.
The reason being: OCR does make the same mistake repeatedly in a document.
With search and replace you can find all text strings like eg: "'IIne", and replace them with the word "The" (the word which it should be).

Working this way would drastically reduce the workload the further you get through the document,since all previous errors are already corrected.

You can also try to find strings like for instance if the OCR spelled the word "workable" as "workalole" (a 'b' was mistranslated to 'lo')you can search and replace "alole".
In this case words like "do-able", "able", "workable" and "table" get corrected as well.

But don't correct too small strings like for instance in above example: change "lo" to "b" as it could change a word "hello" into "helb".

After the manual conversion has completed, the same steps of above need to be taken.



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the 'above this line' topic will probably be a good guide for many starters on how to create your first ebook for the Sony reader, and perhaps other formats as well!.
If anyone cares,he may copy-paste it in full or part to the wiki, if it's found to have enough value.
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Next are little more advanced tasks:

There are some books with endnotes or references (which I replace with Word 'ENDNOTES'). Footnotes don't always work.
Usually books with a reference-index on the bottom (reference of words used & their page) I remove with Word, since it makes no sense to have the page number in a document with another pagesize and numbering.
References to footnotes/endotes can be anywhere, but you need to allow the user to click and return back to where the footnote reference was. I usually add this ability (see names below prefixed by 'NR') if it is not already there i.e. this is an example from Dicken's Christmas Stories by HarryT:
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In chapter text body ...
<a name="NR00817332"><a href="#0000817332">[1]</a>
...
<a name="NR00817467"><a href="#0000817467">[2]</a>
...
<a name="NR00817582"><a href="#0000817582">[3]</a>
...
<p style="page-break-before: always"><b>footnotes</b><BR />
<p><a name="0000817332"><a href="#NR00817332">[1]</a> Its name and address at length, with other full particulars, all editorially struck out.</p>
<p><a name="0000817467"><a href="#NR00817467">[2]</a> The remainder of this complimentary sentence editorially struck out.</p>
<p><a name="0000817582"><a href="#NR00817582">[3]</a> The remainder of this complimentary parenthesis editorially struck out.</p>
Note the <a name><a href> pairs in the chapter text body and are reversed in the footnote section (again, can be placed anywhere).

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Semi - Advanced 1
But now I'm busy for several days with the Old testament Bible.
Just like with maybe some scientific books, it uses a lot of links, that will enable you to faster access chapters, or crosslink.
Because of the size of the book, I will manually create a TOC in MS WORD,and disable the BookDesigner TOC.
These are best handled in html. I have the following extract of Genesis 1 from the NAB that shows the links that can be used to reference material within the chapter and beyond to link chapters. This is a example html file:
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<STRONG><FONT SIZE="5" COLOR="#CC3333">Genesis</FONT><BR>
<EM>Chapter 1</EM></STRONG></P><BR>
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  <DT><A NAME="v1"   >   1 </A></DT> <DD> <SUP><A HREF="#foot1">1</A></SUP> In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v2"   >   2 </A></DT> <DD> <SUP><A HREF="#foot2">2</A></SUP> the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v3"   >   3 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v4"   >   4 </A></DT> <DD> God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v5"   >   5 </A></DT> <DD> <SUP><A HREF="#foot3">3</A></SUP> God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning followed--the first day.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v6"   >   6 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other." And so it happened:</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v7"   >   7 </A></DT> <DD> God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v8"   >   8 </A></DT> <DD> God called the dome "the sky." Evening came, and morning followed--the second day.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v9"   >   9 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear." And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v10"  >  10 </A></DT> <DD> God called the dry land "the earth," and the basin of the water he called "the sea." God saw how good it was.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v11"  >  11 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it." And so it happened:</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v12"  >  12 </A></DT> <DD> the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw how good it was.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v13"  >  13 </A></DT> <DD> Evening came, and morning followed--the third day.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v14"  >  14 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said: "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v15"  >  15 </A></DT> <DD> and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth." And so it happened:</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v16"  >  16 </A></DT> <DD> God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v17"  >  17 </A></DT> <DD> God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth,</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v18"  >  18 </A></DT> <DD> to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v19"  >  19 </A></DT> <DD> Evening came, and morning followed--the fourth day.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v20"  >  20 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky." And so it happened:</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v21"  >  21 </A></DT> <DD> God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw how good it was,</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v22"  >  22 </A></DT> <DD> and God blessed them, saying, "Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth."</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v23"  >  23 </A></DT> <DD> Evening came, and morning followed--the fifth day.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v24"  >  24 </A></DT> <DD> Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds." And so it happened:</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v25"  >  25 </A></DT> <DD> God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v26"  >  26 </A></DT> <DD> <SUP><A HREF="#foot4">4</A></SUP> Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground."</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v27"  >  27 </A></DT> <DD> God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v28"  >  28 </A></DT> <DD> God blessed them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth."</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v29"  >  29 </A></DT> <DD> God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v30"  >  30 </A></DT> <DD> and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food." And so it happened.</DD>
  <DT><A NAME="v31"  >  31 </A></DT> <DD> God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed--the sixth day.</DD>
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<P><SUP><A NAME="foot1"><A HREF="#v1">1</A></SUP> [<A HREF="genesis1.htm#v1">1:1</A>-<A HREF="genesis2.htm#v4">2:4a</A>] This section introduces the whole Pentateuch. It shows how God brought an orderly universe out of primordial chaos.</P>
<P><SUP><A NAME="foot2"><A HREF="#v2">2</A></SUP> [2] The abyss: the primordial ocean according to the ancient Semitic cosmogony. After God's creative activity, part of this vast body forms the salt-water seas (<A HREF="genesis1.htm#v9">Genesis 1:9-10</A>); part of it is the fresh water under the earth (<A HREF="../psalms/psalm33.htm#v7">Psalm 33:7</A>; <A HREF="../ezekiel/ezekiel31.htm#v4">Ezekiel 31:4</A>), which wells forth on the earth as springs and fountains (<A HREF="genesis7.htm#v11">Genesis 7:11</A>; <A HREF="genesis8.htm#v2">8:2</A>; <A HREF="../proverbs/proverb3.htm#v20">Proverb 3:20</A>). Part of it, "the upper water" (<A HREF="../psalms/psalm148.htm#v4">Psalm 148:4</A>; <A HREF="../daniel/daniel3.htm#v60">Daniel 3:60</A>), is held up by the dome of the sky (<A HREF="genesis1.htm#v6">Genesis 1:6-7</A>), from which rain descends on the earth (<A HREF="genesis7.htm#v11">Genesis 7:11</A>; <A HREF="../2kings/2kings7.htm#v2">2 Kings 7:2</A>, <A HREF="../2kings/2kings7.htm#v19">19</A>; <A HREF="../psalms/psalm104.htm#v13">Psalm 104:13</A>). A mighty wind: literally, "a wind of God," or "a spirit of God"; cf <A HREF="genesis8.htm#v1">Genesis 8:1</A>.</P>
<P><SUP><A NAME="foot3"><A HREF="#v5">3</A></SUP> [5] In ancient Israel a day was considered to begin at sunset. According to the highly artificial literary structure of <A HREF="genesis1.htm#v1">Genesis 1:1</A>-<A HREF="genesis2.htm#v4">2:4a</A>, God's creative activity is divided into six days to teach the sacredness of the sabbath rest on the seventh day in the Israelite religion (<A HREF="genesis2.htm#v2">Genesis 2:2-3</A>).</P>
<P><SUP><A NAME="foot4"><A HREF="#v26">4</A></SUP> [26] Man is here presented as the climax of God's creative activity; he resembles God primarily because of the dominion God gives him over the rest of creation. </P>
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I use a good (commercial) text reg-ex editor called TextPad and a good (freeware) hex/bin editor called Xvi32 Edit and steer clear of Notepad/Word/BD. Have you read the other recommendations here?
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References to footnotes/endotes can be anywhere, but you need to allow the user to click and return back to where the footnote reference was. I usually add this ability (see names below prefixed by 'NR') if it is not already there
But what do you do if there's more than one reference to the same endnote? That's not at all uncommon. Personally I prefer to leave the link "one way"; every reader (that I'm aware of) has a "Back" button or menu item which takes you back to where you were before the jump.
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I use a good (commercial) text reg-ex editor called TextPad and a good (freeware) hex/bin editor called Xvi32 Edit and steer clear of Notepad/Word/BD. Have you read the other recommendations here?
I use a regex editor called notetab that has some built-in html utilities, too. Other than that, I use Nvu. I can auto-create a TOC with NVU, too.

Footnotes: If there aren't too much around, I tend to leave them within the text, right next to the reference, but set off with brackets or so. I think footnotes editing is very much up to personal preferences
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But what do you do if there's more than one reference to the same endnote? That's not at all uncommon.
Really. I have never seen it. Where have you seen that? Is it older books?
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Really. I have never seen it. Where have you seen that? Is it older books?
I had dealt with that possibility only once in all my ebook conversions, but thankfully the two references to the same footnote were not too far apart (on the same page so to speak) so I just returned to the first reference.

I don't think that it is a very common occurence, so I wouldn't deprive the ebook user from this convenience just because it might pose a problem for some unknown ebook. I personally like that feature!

However, HarryT is right, when absent, just use the "back" button to accomplish the same.

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Old 12-23-2008, 09:39 AM   #7
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But what do you do if there's more than one reference to the same endnote? That's not at all uncommon. Personally I prefer to leave the link "one way"; every reader (that I'm aware of) has a "Back" button or menu item which takes you back to where you were before the jump.
As for the Sony reader a single way link, like an endnote always goes back too. Not always it will refer correctly though (sometimes it's a page or two off the starting link).

As for the MS program I used; it's very good, but also very slow on large files!
I decided that for a Bible, Notepad++ might be better. It also has color text, and macro's, and the search/replace isn't too shabby.

I know quite some books that use multilinks to a single link.
Depending on how you create your book, a title referring to the index page (manual created TOC) could be seen as that.
The Bible could have multiple of those; where because of ease of use, a link could refer to next chapter, and another link to previous chapter (the same chapter)
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Looks like you've been busy. I know you where looking into porting BC macros into OpenOffice. But it looks like you've settled on using MS Wordl. If there are any macro's you'd like to included in BC send them my way.


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I decided that for a Bible, Notepad++ might be better. It also has color text, and macro's, and the search/replace isn't too shabby.
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Yes, I've used the MS Studio apps and they have came a long way. There are quite usable.
However I still use VI (Vim), yes there is a learning curve, but there are few programs this powerful that offer the performance VI has. It also handles large files much better than any app I've used.
I know quite some books that use multilinks to a single link.
Depending on how you create your book, a title referring to the index page (manual created TOC) could be seen as that.
The Bible could have multiple of those; where because of ease of use, a link could refer to next chapter, and another link to previous chapter (the same chapter)
Probably the single best use of TOC and links to navigate a complex book was written by the author Deputy-Dawg with his Summa Theologica they are absolutely fantastic.

At one point I created a macro in word that facilitated the ability to add a link, via a bookmark. The results where acceptable, but not as good as HTML HREF.

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The problem with multi links is that the Sony reader will only refer back to the last link used; eg: If you go from the Index to chapter 1, the PRS-505 will (when clicking on Chapter 1) go back to the index.
I assume that when you are going to chapter 1 from chapter 2 (by pressing a 'previous chapter' link, Chapter 1 will refer back to chapter 2 (the 'previous chapter'- link).

Sometimes the reader works like this, sometimes not (in case when Chapter 1 has already been cross-linked with Index).

There's a lot I still don't understand, but what I've noted I write down here.

=X=, thanks for mentioning; I am currently (for reasons) home, and decided to spend the majority of my time learning about Ebooks.
It's nice to learn HTML as well. As soon as I'm able to work again, basic HTML editing could count as an experience on my CV , and making an e-book won't take up as much time to learn anymore.



*Edit: I've attached the first book of Genesis, for reference. The rest of the bible will follow the pattern of this book.*
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Taking your example and if you are using Acrobat 9 for OCR as you say, I advise you to export the result as txt (from the 2 options choose the text plain), so you get a clean text file, without CR’s in the end of each line and without any font formatting.

After, you can begin in word my assigning the formatting you need - I myself apply styles, normal for the text body and headings (1, 2, or 3 if needed) for the titles - , then go to each style and change the font, alignment and size to what ever I want, and I’m done with the formatting and can begin with the correction of miss recognitions, errors, missing words/letters and you know… all the rest.

I myself do not use Acrobat for OCR, but I recognize that from version 7 to 8 the quality of the results jumped ages, specially for English.
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Uncommon RND.Carry on.
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And RND in this context is?
(anything of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RND?)
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Depending from text to text it could be better to convert it to unformatted text directly instead of formatted text;
Text coming from good scans (eg: perfect 300dpi scans) usually give the same lettersize in output.
Especially when you start scanning old yellowed out pages, scanned text becomes crooked.

As far as R&D,without it we would be nowhere.
On this topic you'll get about 7 full days of experience for free. It'd be good for if you're planning to make books,or just want to see someone else's perspective on ebook formatting.

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The problem with multi links is that the Sony reader will only refer back to the last link used; eg: If you go from the Index to chapter 1, the PRS-505 will (when clicking on Chapter 1) go back to the index.
I assume that when you are going to chapter 1 from chapter 2 (by pressing a 'previous chapter' link, Chapter 1 will refer back to chapter 2 (the 'previous chapter'- link).

Sometimes the reader works like this, sometimes not (in case when Chapter 1 has already been cross-linked with Index).

There's a lot I still don't understand, but what I've noted I write down here.

=X=, thanks for mentioning; I am currently (for reasons) home, and decided to spend the majority of my time learning about Ebooks.
It's nice to learn HTML as well. As soon as I'm able to work again, basic HTML editing could count as an experience on my CV , and making an e-book won't take up as much time to learn anymore.



*Edit: I've attached the first book of Genesis, for reference. The rest of the bible will follow the pattern of this book.*
That's nice work and gives me some ideas. Please, how did you get the footer at the bottom of each page to display the biblical book name and current chapter?
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That's nice work and gives me some ideas. Please, how did you get the footer at the bottom of each page to display the biblical book name and current chapter?
That's one of the lrf settings in Book Designer.
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