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Old 07-15-2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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Adding new sections

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I have imported a docx and after learning some of the basics about Calibre, I now want to add a section. But due to the number of changes I made in my azw3, using the built-in editor, I don't want to change the original docx. How can I insert a new section afterwards without messing up the ebook?

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Hi

I have imported a docx and after learning some of the basics about Calibre, I now want to add a section. But due to the number of changes I made in my azw3, using the built-in editor, I don't want to change the original docx. How can I insert a new section afterwards without messing up the ebook?

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Use the book editor that is built in.
Add the file (assumes it is XHTML, with the same styles used)
or you could import and link a separate stylesheet (my personal thought is not to do this way, all main body chapters should use the same stylesheet for ease of single point of change)
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Use the book editor that is built in.
Add the file (assumes it is XHTML, with the same styles used)
or you could import and link a separate stylesheet (my personal thought is not to do this way, all main body chapters should use the same stylesheet for ease of single point of change)
I think there should only be one CSS. I don't see the need for multiple CSS files.
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@MartinHe - I can't write with HTML and XML drivel in front of me, its mere presence puts me into code mode where I start worshipping form over substance

So I do all substantive editing in the original word processing format (master copy) where I keep formatting as simple as possible. Any editing I do on target formats such as EPUB is limited to cosmetic issues such fonts, titivating with fancy scene breaks and title pages etc. IMO if you're going to do substantive editing in a converted format (such as ePub, or a Kindle format) you might as well delete the original DOCX.

On the odd occasion I've needed to add/insert a new section I've done it within the master WP document. I create a DOCX for just that section, from which I create an ePUB using Sigil's DOCX Import (to ensure style consistency is preserved), and then I merge the XHTML file from that into what I already have.

On the rare occasion I've been asked to create a Kindle format such as AZW3 I muddle through converting the ePub with kindlegen or calibre conversion.

Nothing I do gets 'published' commercially.

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I think there should only be one CSS. I don't see the need for multiple CSS files.
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When adding, sometimes the user does not have the same stylesheet (usage).
Having various sheets load for specific pages, beats having a monster sized sheet, where some things get used ONCE
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:08 AM   #6
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Dear all

Thank you very much. Actually I do not want to write another section with a lot of text. Instead, I just want to add a changelog to the end of the ebook. Of course I can write up a html file and import it, but how do I tell Calibre to put that into a certain place in the internal order of the ebook. I guess there is a file that contains the sequence of integrated html files, possibly even multiple files.

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In calibre editor, you can add a html file to an epub ebook, and later reorder the file till you place it at the point you want. All the necessary changes in the internal structure are done by calibre without you having to worry about it.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:11 AM   #8
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Cool! I will give it a try
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #9
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In the other files, there are parts like
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<p class="block_25" id="id_Toc486975626" lang="de">
What do I have to do about these IDs?
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In the other files, there are parts like What do I have to do about these IDs?
Probably nothing. That is used (needed) when there is just one big file and the TOC needs a location

what you do need to worry is that class="block_25" has a matching entry in the CSS or yo change it to match what you use in other sections
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Worked like a charm! Thanks a lot!
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In the other files, there are parts like What do I have to do about these IDs?
You can get rid of the id and the lang. All they are is poor coding that causes code bloat. It's amazing to see all the ways an eBook can be poorly coded.
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