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Old 02-13-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Need someone to make ebooks of my novels for me

Well, it looks like Rwood got socked in with too much work (which really sucks, even if you're a masochist) and can't finish converting my Oort Perimeter novel to ebook. So if someone's interested, I've got books 1 and 2 out (Earthfleet series), plus a short story anthology that need converting to ebook (so they can be released for free here), and my ebook conversion skills are on the level of epic fail. So I figure to let one of the experts here have at them. If anyone's interested, let me know. I really, really want to get these out to you guys. You've waited long enough. ^_^;;

As for the formats, Epub definitely, and the other formats are at your discretion. Thanks in advance everyone.

Also, what's a good way to post or share the source files that will be converted? I could post them on my website, email them, etc. It's whatever you guys want.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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Fantastic! I was just about to send a message to you asking if they had been converted. I was at your website and didn't see them yet.

Sadly, I don't have any experience in formatting, and really hope a more experienced member will be able to do this for you.
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I'll do it.
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and my ebook conversion skills are on the level of epic fail.

I fear I shall soon join you in mediocrity. I just learned what OCR means. I suspected it was more involved than installing Abbey Fine Reader and owning a scanner.

Could an "expert" list a few hints at doing it right?
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:02 PM   #7
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What's involved in the conversion process? Is there an electronic copy available that just needs to be converted? If it doesn't involve OCR, I can give it a go and end up woth ePub, LRF, LIT, Mobi, and eReader.
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and my ebook conversion skills are on the level of epic fail.

I fear I shall soon join you in mediocrity. I just learned what OCR means. I suspected it was more involved than installing Abbey Fine Reader and owning a scanner.

Could an "expert" list a few hints at doing it right?
You do the Abbey Fine Reader/scanner bit and then you A/B compare the paper endition to the electronic edition. Then you make sure you have a good clean HTML copy when all is done and use Calibre to convert.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:06 PM   #9
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Nah, all my stuff is in open document format. I use Open Office for all my writing.
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You can convert yourself, easily enough, using Calibre. Another option is to upload to Smashwords. They handle the conversion and distribution.

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lol. I tried calibre and ended up with something that looked like roadkill. >.<
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