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Lynn Round

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Posted: May 17, 2017 10:14 AM
 
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I paid professionals to format and upload to amazon ordered paperbacks and they are rubbish blank pages .... gaps between lines etc have screenshots from when they were uploaded they were fine books atrocious and kindle the same how do i get it rectified by amazon ? i was supposed to be launching the book at a show this weekend now have no books to sign and all they can offer is a refund and £5 disgraceful what do i do to make sure the book is looking ok ? why did the printers print it in such a bad layout when they received it ? cant get anyone to talk to
Notjohn

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Posted: May 17, 2017 11:17 AM   in response to: Lynn Round in response to: Lynn Round
 
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In the first place, use CreateSpace (though like any POD printer, they'll just print what you send them, but at least they'll get you an opportunity to preview it).

I would recommend Hitch at booknook dot biz or Charlie at ebookpioneers dot com, if you want to hire it done. Otherwise study up on the process and do it yourself. The tools I use are Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer. Either is capable of building a book, through OOW does a better job at creating the PDF that you should upload to CreateSpace.

Good luck! -- NJ

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cdalebrittain

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Posted: May 17, 2017 3:47 PM   in response to: Lynn Round in response to: Lynn Round
 
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Go back to the professionals who claim to have formatted your book correctly and get your money back. Then, as already recommended, go to one who understands how a book needs to be formatted to meet Amazon's requirements. And really, since you upload a pdf, they are anybody's requirements. What you upload is what gets printed. Amazon can't help you if rubbish was uploaded. Sorry.
schilling pal

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Posted: May 19, 2017 3:40 AM   in response to: Lynn Round in response to: Lynn Round
 
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Please help. Converting InDesign to Ebook made a mess when all text is in capital letters. How to overcome this?
THX!
writerbn

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Re: formatting
Posted: May 19, 2017 4:44 AM   in response to: schilling pal in response to: schilling pal
 
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InDesign is an excellent tool for print publishing or PDFs, but it's terrible at creating ePubs unless you know exactly what you're doing.

Download Sigil (free) and learn how to use it. You can copy over your text from InDesign and paste it into Sigil as plain text.
Sarah E. Holroyd

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Posted: May 19, 2017 7:24 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
InDesign is an excellent tool for print publishing or PDFs, but it's terrible at creating ePubs unless you know exactly what you're doing.

Download Sigil (free) and learn how to use it. You can copy over your text from InDesign and paste it into Sigil as plain text.

I create my initial ePub file from InDesign, then open it in Sigil and add breaks and fix some other things. It's a much better starting point, in my opinion, than copying-pasting into Sigil.

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Notjohn

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Posted: May 19, 2017 1:18 PM   in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd
 
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Sarah, you're the first person who's had a kind word to say for InDesign as a builder of ebooks! I will put an asterisk on my routine defamation of the software.

Good luck! -- NJ

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writerbn

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Posted: May 19, 2017 1:44 PM   in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd
 
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Sarah E. Holroyd wrote:
I create my initial ePub file from InDesign, then open it in Sigil and add breaks and fix some other things. It's a much better starting point, in my opinion, than copying-pasting into Sigil.

But you know what you're doing. The person who posted above likely doesn't and, in that situation, starting with plain text is the best option.
schilling pal

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Posted: May 20, 2017 1:31 PM   in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd in response to: Sarah E. Holroyd
 
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Yes, that will be a good solution. Thanks.
William Thompson

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Re: formatting
Posted: May 20, 2017 5:08 PM   in response to: schilling pal in response to: schilling pal
 
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You could perhaps recover your ebook using the following 3 methods in InDesign:

*Use Edit > Undo to undo your mistake which caused the AllCaps problem.

*In InDesign, highlight the relevant text and go to Type > Change Case and appropriately use Title Case and Sentence Case where applicable.

*Re-import your Word doc and start again.

I would also advise that you thoroughly learn InDesign before you use it for producing ebooks. InDesign is a complex app that has many associated quirks and problems that you must first know before you use it. And tinkering with InDesign, without first learning how to use it properly for ebooks, won't get you there.

Why not try my free Sigil plugin now available on MobileRead?

GoogleZipImport

This plugin gives a full Google Doc HTML conversion to epub format.

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