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maria

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HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 8:08 PM
 
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I'm just starting out and I see that the AK elite software is being revised. I don't wanna wait for it I just want to get started. What other Kindle bookmaking software is out there? I did try doing some research but im stumped
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 8:18 PM   in response to: maria in response to: maria
 
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If you know how to use Word and assiduously employ Styles, you can do what thousands of others do -- create a properly formatted Word doc and upload that for conversion. If you're looking for a magic wand, they really only exist in Diagon Alley.
maria

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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 9:09 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
 
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Oh ok thanks lol no wand needed :) I thought you needed some special software for kindle. It is already written in word its just a 50-page poetry book..
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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 9:23 AM   in response to: maria in response to: maria
 
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maria wrote:
Oh ok thanks lol no wand needed :) I thought you needed some special software for kindle. It is already written in word its just a 50-page poetry book..

Well, good luck. Poetry is notoriously difficult to format. Many professional formatters won't take poetry. If you've used Styles in creating your Word document, it might convert okay. You might look into Kindle Create. It's in Beta, but a few have had good results. Like everything else, it has its own learning curve.
Martha Phelps

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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 10:52 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Ralph E Vaughan wrote:
You might look into Kindle Create. It's in Beta, but a few have had good results. Like everything else, it has its own learning curve.

Kindle Create is a pretty solid piece of software, but it is time-consuming. It is a bit touchy with linebreaks that have been carefully adjusted via font settings or the like (what it calls tables, for some reason). It also has very limited fonts. For a standard fiction book, I think it is great. For poetry? You may have some challenges.

Works well on a mac, too.

pdsinger1

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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 11:20 AM   in response to: maria in response to: maria
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I format poetry in Jutoh. Everything must be styled so that spaces don't break and that hanging indents hang.
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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 7:24 PM   in response to: maria in response to: maria
 
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I've been wondering this about special spacing and such:

Once you get the ePUB or html file, does the Kindle conversion respect the ampersand-nbsp; non-breaking space? Anyone know?

I would think this would be one way to force poetry positioning unless you push too far to the right.
maria

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Posted: Dec 19, 2017 11:07 AM   in response to: pdsinger1 in response to: pdsinger1
 
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oh ok thanks I will try that :)

Edited by: maria on Dec 19, 2017 11:07 AM
Notjohn

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Re: HELP AK Elite has been retired Need alternative
Posted: Dec 19, 2017 4:10 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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I would think this would be one way to force poetry positioning unless you push too far to the right.

Yeah, there's always that possibility!

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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