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Ken Shiovitz

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From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 2:29 PM
 
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I have a poetry book with about 10 pictures, about to publish/just published on CreateSpace with the pictures in B&W. Since it will not cost more, I want to publish on Kindle with color pictures. My question: how do I make the interior into a form that HDP will accept.?
PDF did not work.
There is a "Publish to Web" on the MSPublisher menu.

For the paper book, I edited, had friends help with text editing, and I made the cover, using some of my wife's art. Title is "Rules of the Universe."
It tells the story of a young biologist, forced to leave academics for family survival at a time when he was close to understanding the control system of bird song. His perspective expands until he involves a character that is sometimes part human, part cosmic entity, like a piece of a black hole or a planet. It ends with some understanding and statement of rules of the universe. During the process, I (the old former biologist) actually figured out the question of the theoretical basic control system for vertebrate movements.

I expect to put my website rulesoftheuniverse.com on line Wednesday 6/8. In it is a link to a 5 page paper on the "Octave" Theory. The paper is called "Birdsong, Robots and Dirty Dancing: a model for movement in Vertebrates."

But right now, I am hoping you can give me a hint on how to get my interior with color pictures on HDP from MSPublisher.

Edited by: Ken Shiovitz on Jun 6, 2016 2:30 PM

Notjohn

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Re: From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 4:50 PM   in response to: Ken Shiovitz in response to: Ken Shiovitz
 
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If you can go back a bit, to Word or a plain-text file, you would be better off than mucking about with Publisher.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Ken Shiovitz

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Re: From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 5:20 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thanks for your reply. I fear that so many hours of work will be lost. Publisher will not let me simply save as Word because of the pictures.

There are maybe 130 poems that all need links from a table of contents. I am not sure how to do that on Word. Also, how do I get the pictures in on Word?
I was just about to link individual pages in the contents, but now I will wait to see if it will be easier or harder to switch to Word.

My old thinking was that there should be some way to simply turn the Publisher format into html. Maybe I should contact Publisher.
Ken Shiovitz

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Re: From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 7:11 PM   in response to: Ken Shiovitz in response to: Ken Shiovitz
 
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Thanks again. I realize my programs are old and will download an updated Word that I conclude will do all the things I was using Publisher for. In particular, I conclude that in Word I can make a multi-page publication and link the pages to the contents. Many thanks.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2016 2:33 AM   in response to: Ken Shiovitz in response to: Ken Shiovitz
 
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On my blog (third post) there are pointers to some useful sources of help for Wordsters, including Amazon's free book.

Surely you can just copy from Publisher? You could download the free Open Office suite and paste the poems into a new file. There are many threads on this forum about using Open Office Writer (or Libre Office, which is much the same thing).

Personally, I do all the heavy lifting in Sigil, which is likewise free and excellent, and I upload an epub to the KDP.

A TOC with 130 entries is a bit much, IMHO, but it certainly can be done.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Ken Shiovitz

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Re: From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Jun 7, 2016 11:29 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Once again. Thank you NotJohn. I plan to take the advice in your book...once I get it downloaded.

Unfortunately, I already picked the KDP option for No Navigation Bar. I suppose the ebook is like a website and I can put in my own buttons to get back to the Contents.
As I think you are suggesting (TOC?), I need not make a link to every poem in the book, but can link to chapter headings, or to a few separated poems within long runs within a chapter.

Is there a way on KDP to get back to the option to have a navigation bar?
Bob Swanson

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Re: From MS Publisher to Kindle..and theoretical breakthrough
Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:55 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Curious how sigil works out, (and can it import from Publisher). What I have observed is that the Kindle format is not particular friendly to books that are image-heavy. Full layout programs such as Publisher are popular for such types of documents, but it seems nearly impossible to export from Publisher to something useful.

Your experience?
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