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bronjarman

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'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 8:22 AM
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Hi,

I've been working on a number of reflowable epubs created in InDesign. The others have opened and exported to .mobi using Kindle Previewer 3 just fine.
But this one gets the error message 'book conversion failed'.

This is the conversion log text I get:

Info:I9026:option: (hidden) amazon creator tool or pipeline
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Title "Godhead: The Brain's Big Bang"
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Date "2017"
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Creator "Joe Griffin"
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Creator "Ivan Tyrrell"
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Publisher "HG Publishing"
Info(prcgen):I1047: Added metadata dc:Rights "© Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell 2011"
Info(prcgen):I1052: Kindle support cover images but does not support cover HTML. Hence using the cover image specified and suppressing cover HTML in content. URL: /private/var/folders/sb/gt6dsdjs1v56v57ymhmj1ml00000gp/T/pYWst0/conv_tmp/KindleGen_temp_folder/mobi-8KX55L/OEBPS/cover.xhtml
Info(prcgen):I1002: Parsing files 0000029
Info(cssparser):I10004: @rules other than @import, @charset and @font-face are not supported.
Info(prcgen):I1015: Building PRC file
Info(prcgen):I1006: Resolving hyperlinks
Info(prcgen):I1008: Resolving start reading location
Info(prcgen):I1049: Building table of content URL: /private/var/folders/sb/gt6dsdjs1v56v57ymhmj1ml00000gp/T/pYWst0/conv_tmp/KindleGen_temp_folder/mobi-8KX55L/OEBPS/toc.ncx
Info(pagemap):I8000: No Page map found in the book
Info(prcgen):I1045: Computing UNICODE ranges used in the book
Info(prcgen):I1046: Found UNICODE range: Basic Latin http://20..7E
Info(prcgen):I1046: Found UNICODE range: General Punctuation - Windows 1252 http://2018..201A
Info(prcgen):I1046: Found UNICODE range: Latin-1 Supplement http://A0..FF
Info(prcgen):I1046: Found UNICODE range: Combining Diacritical Marks http://300..36F
Info(prcgen):I1046: Found UNICODE range: Basic Greek http://370..3FF
Info(prcgen):I1017: Building PRC file, record count: 0000346
Info(prcgen):I1039: Final stats - text compressed to (in % of original size): 51.02%
Info(prcgen):I1040: The document identifier is: "Godhead_The_-in39s_Big_Bang"
Info(prcgen):I1041: The file format version is V6
Info(prcgen):I1031: Saving PRC file
Info(prcgen):I1032: PRC built successfully
Info(prcgen):I1016: Building enhanced PRC file
Info(prcgen):I1007: Resolving mediaidlinks
Info(prcgen):I1011: Writing mediaidlinks
Info(prcgen):I1009: Resolving guide items
Info(prcgen):I1017: Building PRC file, record count: 0000320
Info(prcgen):I1039: Final stats - text compressed to (in % of original size): 53.72%
Info(prcgen):I1041: The file format version is V8
Info(prcgen):I15000: Approximate Standard Mobi Deliverable file size : 0001644KB
Info(prcgen):I15001: Approximate KF8 Deliverable file size : 0001731KB
Info(prcgen):I1036: Mobi file built successfully

(It's passed the vaildation checks i've found).

Any ideas appreciated...

writerbn

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Re: 'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 9:14 AM   in response to: bronjarman in response to: bronjarman
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Try removing the internal cover.

The last line of the log says that the .mobi file built successfully, so check to make sure that the conversion really did fail.

However, using InDesign to create ePubs is asking for trouble. You'd be better off taking the ePub files and cleaning them up in Sigil, validating them, and then uploading them directly to KDP. I always upload ePubs; no need for .mobi conversion.
Notjohn

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Re: 'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 4:29 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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using InDesign to create ePubs is asking for trouble

Very true. A professional can do this, an amateur cannot.

I would export that ID file as an epub, then open the epub in Sigil and fix it there. A validated epub will always convert on the KDP. One that fails validation might work, or might not, and in any event will be refused by Apple and perhaps some other etailers.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Douglas Williams

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Re: 'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 5:53 PM   in response to: bronjarman in response to: bronjarman
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Have the same issue, but not with all ePubs generated from INDD. Did you find any answer to this?
Notjohn

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Re: 'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:03 AM   in response to: Douglas Williams in response to: Douglas Williams
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ID just isn't very good at this task. Below is some collected wisdom from other posters on this forum.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

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

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https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=183452&tstart=0

http://incopysecrets.com/retaining-important-formatting-when-importing-word-documents.php

William Thompson;

*When you import a Word document using Place, you may find that all your
character styles have gone haywire if you have used any character styles
such as bold or italics in you doc. What happens is that all paragraphs
with bold or italics, for some reason, lose their end tags resulting in
great swathes of your paragraphs turned into bold or italics. To read more
about this see this link.

*ID will automatically(and without asking) encode and obfuscate any and
all embedded fonts in your epub.

That's just two well known quirks or problems in InDesign for ebooks. And
so if you choose to use InDesign for your ebooks then you will have to
take considerable time out to learn the app thoroughly(with all its
quirks!!). In the past, I have also used both InDesign and Jutoh for a
number of years but I now use Scrivener mainly because it gives the easiest
and cleanest conversion to epub that I've ever seen. And, for me at least,
Scrivener has the shortest learning curve of any word processor or ebook
converter out there. And no matter what ebook conversion app I use -- I
will always finish off my epub in Sigil before upload(I never directly
convert to Kindle mobi using ID's Kindle plugin or Scrivener). I always go
the epub route to Kindle.

William Thompson

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Re: 'book conversion failed' error on epub
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:03 PM   in response to: bronjarman in response to: bronjarman
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Whenever you upload an epub to KDP you must always ensure that you upload the Product Image before you upload the epub. This is because the image in your epub is deliberately "suppressed" so that the Product Image can be used for you ebook image instead. It says as much in your kindlegen conversion report here:

Info(prcgen):I1052: Kindle support cover images but does not support cover HTML. Hence using the cover image specified and suppressing cover HTML in content . URL: /private/var/folders/sb/gt6dsdjs1v56v57ymhmj1ml00000gp/T/pYWst0/conv_tmp/KindleGen_temp_folder/mobi-8KX55L/OEBPS/cover.xhtml

So next time you upload your ebook in KDP, just make sure that you upload your Product Image as well and it should hopefully pass.

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

OpenDocHTMLImport - converts ODT HTML(Writer) docs directly to epub.

GoogleZipImport - converts Google Doc HTML directly to epub format.

NormalizeScrivEpub - reformats, finishes-off and normalizes Scrivener epubs.

You can download all these free plugins from The Sigil Plugin Index on the MR Forum

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