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Old 07-02-2020, 04:34 AM   #10
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" have sometimes spent a whole day manually removing direct ad hoc formatting from some complex and long texts"
Only use paragraph styles. The only manual direct formatting I use is Italic for "telepathic dialogue". Everything else is named styles.

Complex non-fiction might use LaTex. Mostly it's useless as an ebook, as are large format books with photos. A PDF isn't an ebook. An ebook needs to flow for any size screen. Complex non-fiction, not on paper, needs to pretend to be paper and compatible with a 10" colour tablet as a PDF. Amazon & epub3 "fixed layouts" are really a nonsense.


This is exactly what I was saying.
"I agree, you cannot use print to make an ebook. But I found, vice versa it’s easier: i.e. if you already have a very clean ebook, it’s easy to use that to then modify or add print-specific elements in a desktop publishing software"
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