Originally Posted by NVash
Do those hyphens look like 'â€�' this by any chance? I just converted a few books myself and I keep getting these. I looked over the User Guide that came with Calibre but Im not even going to pretend I know what Im doing here. I dont even know how to get to the 'Look And Feel' menu theyre talking about to see if the OP had the same problem Im having now. It talks about encodings my HTML fonts are in, I have no idea what it means. It isnt an HTML at all, its just text. Im all confused.
When you click on "convert individually" there is a "look and feel" icon on the left. It has two options that might help. One is "input character encoding" and the other is "Transliterate unicode characters to ASCII". I suggested trying cp1252 in the encoding box, and what worked for monkeygirl351 was checking the transliterate box.
It can be hard to convert TXT to something else because plain text has no metadata (describing the properties of the document). The encoding is the convention used to map from the file's binary bits to characters. For English characters this does not matter because most encodings use the same convention for them, but they differ in how they map other binary patterns to characters. What you are seeing is binary patterns that have been mapped to the wrong character.