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Old 09-18-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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Smile hello guys.....a newbie here. need a lil help.

calibre has been great. i can now convert almost any file to mobi, hence i can use all the amazon feautures on the k3. i have one lil problem though. when i try to convert some epub files to mobi the resulting .mobi document is noticeably off centered. all the justifications and margins are on default. ive read some solution about posting a ticket or something which i have no idea about.
does anybody know what should i do?
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:29 AM   #2
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I would suggest that you ask for assistance in the Calibre forum.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:32 AM   #3
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hey harry,i can see ur point. but the thread that i was talking about on my op is on this thread so i thought i might as well post it here.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:51 AM   #4
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Maybe you might download Sigil, which is an epub editor (like a word processor, very snazzy), then try editing the epub? See how it's justified there at least.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:11 AM   #5
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ill try that. thanks jeremy.

any more suggestion guys?
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Old 09-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #6
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i forgot to mention. the epub file is looks pretty good. there is no problem with the original epub file. the offcentering only occurs after i converted the file to .mobi. almost a quarter of my k3 screen is blank.
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #7
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Good to have your company, Lutwey. I'm not too clued up on conversions, I must admit
(I'm lucky to have a man who is to sort out my wee prpblems), but it sounds to me like you might need to do a little new-fangled editing to get things in perfectly presentable order. A pain in the netherlands, I know, but I'm assured that, with a little practice, it'll become second nature and a cake-walk. Best wishes. Neil
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:07 PM   #8
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what kind of editing? the epub files looks pretty good the problem is with the converted mobi file.

thanks for ur reply.
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:24 PM   #9
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I have seen the same thing - where the left margin is too big. It is a bit of work to fix, but pretty easy. And thankfully it doesn't happen that often - so far.

See this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...bi+left+margin

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" Fixing this problem for Dummies:

If anyone wanted to know the quick step by step I am doing to solve the problem I'll describe it below.

-First go to Calibre and convert Epub to Epub (yes the same format), making sure to go to "Page Setup" and change the left margin to 0.

-Then go into Sigil and open the new Epub file (it should automatically update or save in a new location). If it doesn't open or has an error it might be the old file you are opening, not the new one.

-Go under the folder "Styles" under the Book Browser, and open the Stylesheet.css

-In the style sheet, all I do is look for every single thing that says marginleft OR marginright and make sure the value is 0 for everything. If it says 1em I change it to 0em. If it says 5pt, I change it to 0pt. If its 0 I leave it at 0. If it says auto I leave it saying auto.

-Control S (Command S for mac) to save. Then exit Sigil

-Back in Calibre all I do is click convert to Mobi this time to make a Kindle compatible file format. Again make sure under "Page setup" it has 0 for the left margin value (it should if you did this before).

-Now when you put the file on the device it should be in a nice normal format. Everytime i've followed this procedure it has worked very nicely. I DO wish that Calibre could do this by itself, as it takes like a minute per book conversion, but its not the worst thing in the world.

Since I'm somewhat computer illiterate this HOWTO would have at least saved ME a ton of time figuring out how to fix this problem when I first had it."

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Old 09-18-2010, 01:46 PM   #10
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many thanks foghat. just what the doctor ordered. have a nice day.
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