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E-Book Creation Software? I need help!
09/25/2012 | Loud Mime

Posted on 09/25/2012 6:10:11 AM PDT by Loud Mime

My newest book is now on Amazon; it's a paperback. I need to convert it to ebook format but have been frustrated with the results produced by the automatic conversion systems.

The book has several graphics; they are causing the epub to separate the background from the text overlay.

Arrgh!

I produced the manuscript on InDesign CS4 and exported it to PDF and the Kindle export. I am dissatisfied with both.

Can anybody point me in the right direction.

the book's website is here.

Thanks for any help!


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: creation; ebook; software; vanity

1 posted on 09/25/2012 6:10:22 AM PDT by Loud Mime
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To: Travis McGee

Ping.


2 posted on 09/25/2012 6:12:50 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Loud Mime
I've used a utility some time in the past that might do what you need. It was called Calibre.
3 posted on 09/25/2012 6:15:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: Loud Mime
Off the top of my head, have you tried the Calibre conversion feature?

It's an ebook library manager, but does conversions for supporting epub, pdf, mobi, etc.

4 posted on 09/25/2012 6:16:38 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Loud Mime; Jeff Head

Our own Jeff Head does a lot of e-publishing, he might be able to give some pointers.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 6:19:01 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Loud Mime

Graphics don’t show up to well on the Kindles, maybe the new Kindle is better but on my Touch graphics are terrible, however I do have the Kindle app for my smartphone, that helps. My son is trying to e-publish a novel as well.

I’ll check out whats available as well, good luck.


6 posted on 09/25/2012 6:19:08 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Loud Mime; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

7 posted on 09/25/2012 6:20:13 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Loud Mime

Clever promo. :)


8 posted on 09/25/2012 6:22:30 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Loud Mime
Graphics are treated separately from the reflowable text. If you want text on a graphic (probably not the best idea for most e-readers), you need to create graphics files with the text already on the image. The biggest problem is ensuring that those graphic appear where you specifically want them in the text as it really is reflowable text.

The most frequent implementation is to use graphics with text at the start of a chapter, as an epub will automatically assign it to start on a new page.

9 posted on 09/25/2012 6:27:25 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Calvin Locke

I took a look at Calibre, but did not realize it could do the job; I’ll take another look.

Sigil looked promising.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 6:29:06 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Loud Mime

you got Calibre?


11 posted on 09/25/2012 6:31:19 AM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.facebook.com/paulhawkinsauthoradventurerexplorer)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Loud Mime
I've used a utility some time in the past that might do what you need. It was called Calibre.

As a test, I just now converted a PDF to MOBI using Calibre. I didn't see a way to convert to EPUB, but I don't know much about how the whole eBook thing works.
12 posted on 09/25/2012 6:32:39 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: ETL

It’s a frustration thread with a promo tagline. Your comment does remind me of that scene in “Raising Arizona” where the father of the kidnapped baby puts in a tagline with the reporters.

;^)


13 posted on 09/25/2012 6:38:01 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Loud Mime; tbw2

good question


14 posted on 09/25/2012 6:43:45 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Loud Mime

So, what you’re saying is you’re stuck in a box and can’t get out?

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Bump!


15 posted on 09/25/2012 6:52:38 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Reagan @ only 39/Mondale +5/Dukakis +17/McCain +3...panic is unwarranted. So is complacency.)
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To: Loud Mime

I’ve used DeskTop Author. Very easy to use.


16 posted on 09/25/2012 7:22:57 AM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Wolverine

http://ebooks-software-review.toptenreviews.com/desktop-author-review.html

http://www.desktopauthor.com/cart_dnldrm.asp


17 posted on 09/25/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Wolverine

I’m checking that out now; it looks good.

Thank you!


18 posted on 09/25/2012 7:44:01 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Loud Mime

try Smashwords. That can format your mss into several formats.


19 posted on 09/25/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Loud Mime

I have both Calibre and Sigil. Sigil does a better job of setting up chapters, tables of content, etc. It’s structure is better suited to such things than Calibre, which merely converts from one format to another. Once you have your book in a given format (epub), Calibre will then convert it to any other format.

What I don’t know, because I haven’t tried it, is how Sigil deals with images.


20 posted on 09/25/2012 9:29:57 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: Loud Mime

Review this!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t


21 posted on 09/25/2012 9:32:11 AM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: mmichaels1970
I didn't see a way to convert to EPUB

Mobi Reader also has a utility that converts. I think it is Mobi Ccreator. It MAY convert to ePub. I don't recall and I'm at work so I'm guessing.

22 posted on 09/25/2012 9:48:57 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: SirKit

E-Book creation ping!


23 posted on 09/28/2012 9:08:16 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Loud Mime

Liar! There is no author named ‘Loud Mime’ on Amazon.


24 posted on 09/28/2012 9:13:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Loud Mime
How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon
25 posted on 09/28/2012 9:25:52 PM PDT by yellowhammer
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL!

Well, you gotta admit that Loud Mime sounds better than Publius!


26 posted on 09/29/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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