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Pamela McNamara

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APACHE OPEN OFFICE
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I use free Open Office to create documents but they won't upload to KDP. I tried converting to RTF but all the formatting gets left out. Anyone know of a free document creator which will save to correct format for KDP?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Apr 21, 2017 4:57 AM   in response to: Pamela McNamara in response to: Pamela McNamara
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Pamela McNamara wrote:
I use free Open Office to create documents but they won't upload to KDP. I tried converting to RTF but all the formatting gets left out. Anyone know of a free document creator which will save to correct format for KDP?

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Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Apr 21, 2017 5:13 AM   in response to: Pamela McNamara in response to: Pamela McNamara
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Kingsoft Office...it's essentially a Chinese version of MS Office.

It's never really gained traction in the US, because many Americans fear the Chinese will use it to spy on them. But IMO, Microsoft pose a bigger threat to our privacy, along with the other US tech giants, and indeed the NSA and GCHQ.
Lucy

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Re: APACHE OPEN OFFICE
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 6:07 AM   in response to: Pamela McNamara in response to: Pamela McNamara
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Pamela, I use Apache OpenOffice all the time: I write the books in the normal format, .odt, including creating the active TOC. When I've finalised the text, done all the checking, and am completely happy with spelling etc, I then "Save as" using the suffic .doc

Works perfectly. Uploads into KDP with no problems at all.

There is no need to put it through any other programme, just Save As xxx.doc and there you go.

pdsinger1

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Posted: Apr 21, 2017 6:08 AM   in response to: Pamela McNamara in response to: Pamela McNamara
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This is a situation where you can have free and time-consuming or paid and quick. You're no doubt aware of the common options, but here are a few others.

Free:

Use Calibre to convert it to a MOBI or an epub and upload. Either one will work. Calibre is free. Don't use its viewer to examine the files, it adds code you don't want when you open the book. Instead, do Save to Disc, and open it with either Kindle for PC or Adobe Digital Editions. (Both free,) Go visit Guido Henckels' website for more in depth instructions on making the ebook look the way you want it. He has some information on a couple of unobvious things to do in Calibre that make a difference. Expect to put in a fair amount of time figuring this out. Ask yourself if the hours might be better spent writing.

Paid but not a lot:

Now through May 10, 2017, you can get a bundle of writing books plus a coupon for half off Jutoh by going here: https://storybundle.com/writing . Since Jutoh is normally $39, that's usually in reach, but at half off, it's a lovely bargain. There are tutorials on Youtube for using it if Styles aren't currently in your vocabulary. Jutoh is extremely versatile but there is a learning curve.

Quite expensive but you may have already paid it:

If you or family member is in the US and is in college, the school may have an arrangement with Microsoft for licenses for Word 365. My son's college tuition includes 5 licenses under his name. Love Word or hate it, it's the dominant player.

What document type were you creating with OO?
Dave Casey

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Re: APACHE OPEN OFFICE
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 6:56 AM   in response to: Pamela McNamara in response to: Pamela McNamara
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I used AOO to write and upload five titles last year and never had a problem. Of course, I don't know what kind of book you're writing. I write fantasy fiction, so no pictures, no graphs or tables, just text. I just use a vey simple format for the pages and paragraphs and save the files as Word 97 .doc files. I upload those directly into the Kindle page and let the website do the converting. I've never had a problem with it. It couldn't be easier. No converting to MOBI or EPUB files.
Notjohn

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Re: APACHE OPEN OFFICE
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 11:16 AM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
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I just use a vey simple format for the pages and paragraphs and save the files as Word 97 .doc files.

Pamela, that's the secret code. It's not REALLY a Word doc, but it's close enough for government work, as we used to say in the defense industry when we did something wrong.

What I would do is run that doc file through Word2CleanHtml dot com online, open the resulting html file in Sigil, and tweak it there as needed. Takes some learning, but easiest in the long term. You can get the latest version at https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/releases. But that may be overkill for you. Try it Dave's way first, and if you're not happy with the result, try mine.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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