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C. Gold

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 10:31 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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I download and use the mobi from KDP. I trust that file more.
writerbn

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 4:55 AM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Michael F. Quarles wrote:
I know a lot of people use Calibre to convert their files to .mobi, and then check them out on a Kindle before publishing. But just how trustworthy are the results? Have you tried this?

Any conversion software is going to give you some degree of garbage, even with a well-formatted Word document. The "native language" of an e-book is HTML (actually, XHTML, but that's a minor distinction), and the only way to get optimal results is to work in that native language. Sigil is merely a tool that lets you work directly in that language. It's not an absolute requirement--you can produce your own ePub files without Sigil, but it's a lot more work.

It would be like taking your masterpiece written in English and then running it through Goo*gle Translate in order to produce international versions. The results may be acceptable at first glance, but they would never be the same as a book written by a native speaker of the language.

A while back, I took a look at Calibre output, just for kicks--and it was just as I expected. Lots of bloat and some malformed tags. I'm sure it's improved now, but I still wouldn't trust it to produce publication-quality work, simply because it was never designed to serve that function. It's a "quick and dirty" conversion for people who want to read their e-books on other devices.
Michael F. Quar...

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 8:48 AM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Thanks, C.Gold. Thanks, Writerbn. This thread has been an education for me. It started out with my fear of being flagged, and wound up being about quality improvement. Now, I need to start putting what I've learned to use.
jm14

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 6:13 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Michael F. Quarles wrote:
Thanks Uncle1282. I believe I will go with Smash*words, at least for the detective novel. It's the kind of book that might get trouble started, and I don't want a bad rep anywhere.

I have some very tough books up through D2D - profanity, violence, and some sexuality (though nothing approaching porn/erotica).

I've never had a problem with any of them passing right through D2D, including into iBooks.

I find D2D superior to Smashwords (which I used to use, prior to the advent of D2D) in every respect, from reporting through payment to immediacy of unpublishing from all vendor sites whenever I want to put a particular title into Select for awhile.

Re: formatting - I've used a professional formatter/interior designer for years who returns me faultless epubs for Amazon, et. al, and gorgeous PDFs for CreateSpace. I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with her.
Michael F. Quar...

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 6:27 PM   in response to: jm14 in response to: jm14
 
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Thanks, jm14. You've given me more to think about. The book has the sort of material in it you might find inside a James Ellroy novel, if that gives a better picture.
jm14

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Re: Out of Select, into D2D
Posted: Dec 29, 2017 7:14 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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The book has the sort of material in it you might find inside a James Ellroy novel, if that gives a better picture.

You should have no problem with D2D.
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