I notice that when I go to save a Word Document (I am using Word 2003 on a computer that is using Windows XP as its operating system), there are several HTML file designations:
#1) Web Page (*.htm;*.html)
#2) Web Page, Filtered (*.htm,*.html)
#3) Single File Web Page (*.htm;*.mhtml)
If I were to save my Word Doc. in anyone of these file designations, would they work for Kindle? Is there one or the other that is preferred? Or are none of them applicable? I am not technically savvy, but I want my books to appear as good as possible. Any suggestions are welcomed with open arms.
You should use the #2 option, Web Page, Filtered. That will strip out the junk Word-specific code that is not actual HTML. You will still be left with a pretty messy HTML file, but it will be the best you can get from Word directly.
You might also try importing the Word file into Mobipocket Creator and making changes to the HTML file it will spit out, or try uploading the Word file to the DTP and download the HTML file it gives you in the Preview. The HTML from those is also messy, but there is less bloat, which can sometimes make the file easier to figure out.
Those using Word 2000 can get an add-on that provides the same service. When you install the add-on, you get an additional item in your Edit drop-down list, EXPORT TO. Choose that, and choose the option COMPACT HTML.
As a guess, "compact html" is about half the length of the standard Bill Gatesian version. You can open and edit this in any text editor, including NotePad. (But don't edit it in Word!)
Another option would be to save the file as a standard text file and add the appropriate HTML manually using search and replace methods. You could start your HTML with a basic CSS section defining chapter headings, subheading, a normal paragraph styles. Depending on your search and replace logic, and your patience, this could be done quite quickly, and you'll end up with a lean HTML source file.
I'm not sure what you mean by "edit?" All I want to do is make it attractive for readers. I don't want to mess with the manuscript any more than necessary. If I were to upload a Microsoft 2003 Word Document to the Kindle Platform, what would be the result? Would it look chaotic?
If I were to send you the Word Document (or a PDF file) can you take a look and see if it needs much attention to make it passable for Kindle? I have sold 10 copies in the last 8 days, but I'm terrified that the book's appearance may not be up to snuff, and will turn readers off. What I'm really praying for is that (by some miracle) it looks okay, and my book will turn into a best seller. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Also, since I've got your attention. Is there anything in Microsoft Word 2003 that permits basic translation, perhaps into Spanish or French? I would really like to have my two novels translated into those two languages.
P.S. I apologize for not replying sooner, but I had neglected to click on "follow this question" or whatever it is that you're supposed to check.
This sounds doable. What exactly is CSS, and what do you mean by "saving it as a standard text file?" When I write a novel, I write it is Word, save it in Word, and convert it to a PDF from Word. I have three books out in Kindle, but I'm not thrilled with how any of them look. Could you be a tiny bit more specific? I'm 64, and while not a computer dolt, I do need a bit of coaching. I really appreciate your answer so far. Thanks a lot.
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