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David Brumfield

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problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 7:26 AM
 
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I want to save my Word document novel manuscript as an html file as a final step before publishing it on Kindle. I go to "Save As." then I save is as a web page, filtered. When it saves, the text is sprawled all the way across the screen instead of maintaining the neat Word doc margins. Any suggestions?
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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 7:46 AM   in response to: David Brumfield in response to: David Brumfield
 
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If you are viewing it in web layout, that is how it will appear when formatted properly and you have no problem. If you are viewing it in print layout, you have a problem. I suspect you are viewing it in web layout.
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cjeasyaspie

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 8:24 AM   in response to: David Brumfield in response to: David Brumfield
 
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I want to save my Word document novel manuscript as an html file as a final step before publishing it on Kindle. I go to "Save As." then I save is as a web page, filtered. When it saves, the text is sprawled all the way across the screen instead of maintaining the neat Word doc margins. Any suggestions?

Yes... if you are talking about Microsoft Word. (Some people say "Word" when they mean another brand).

Most likely, there is some incorrect formatting in your MS Word file.

That's easy to do and hard to find... because MS Word tries hard to present a neat page, even when the user made a mistake... while the Kindle demands a strictly clean file.

But.... the first thing to try is to turn off your margin settings, because the Kindle doesn't recognize them... or maybe doesn't recognize them correctly... which may be what is happening with your file.

Text "sprawled across the screen" is what would happen if you have "full justify" turned on for a page with very short lines.

Because it is touted so often around the Internet, some people get the idea that saving a Word file to HTML will fix Word errors... but, most often, it won't... you'll have to go back and find the Word error.

Happy Kindling,

CJ, at CJ's Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials
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Dov Ivry

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 12:42 PM   in response to: David Brumfield in response to: David Brumfield
 
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The spread is normal but you should go left flush. Also you might consider changing your font whatever it is. I use PMN Caecilla 85 Heavy for Kindle. Also your size if you are not using 12 pt.
Notjohn

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 2:44 PM   in response to: Dov Ivry in response to: Dov Ivry
 
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The spread is normal but you should go left flush. Also you might consider changing your font whatever it is. I use PMN Caecilla 85 Heavy for Kindle. Also your size if you are not using 12 pt.

Real books are justified, not ragged right, a fact that will become apparent if you flip through the first one hundred books on your (physical) bookshelf.

It's best not to specify a font for an e-book, either font style or size. Let the defaults rule, and let the customer determine how the book will appear. People have opinions about this, and if you force Caecilla 12 point on them, they might repay you with a one-star review.

Good luck! -- NJ

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cjeasyaspie

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:16 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn said:
Real books are justified, not ragged right, a fact that will become apparent if you flip through the first one hundred books on your (physical) bookshelf.

Real books are typeset on a computerized machine that honors hyphenation and smoothly adjusts spacing across lines of type.

How do you achieve that in Kindle’s digital format?

Notjohn said:
It's best not to specify a font for an e-book, either font style or size. Let the defaults rule, and let the customer determine how the book will appear. People have opinions about this, and if you force Caecilla 12 point on them, they might repay you with a one-star review.

Caecilla is the original default font of the Kindle. While later Kindles may display other fonts, it is highly unlikely that the display of Kindle's default font is going to upset any rational person.

Quoted from an article by Hitch (a member of this forum):

The Kindle e-ink devices can only display a single font, called "Caecilia," which is essentially a Times New Roman clone

The full article can be found here:

http://www.booknook.biz/bk_resources/faq/about_fonts_and_font_embedding


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Jesse Jamison

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Feb 2, 2014 9:12 AM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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I was trying to convert microsoft works word processor. I converted it to html and it wasn't working. I searched and I tried everything. But then I did this: I opened wordpad and pasted my story into it. I changed my first line indent to .3 and ... it worked. It always works. Just paste your story into wordpad. save it. go to kdp and browse for it. upload it... done. Wordpad is the easiest way in the world to upload. That I've found.
Notjohn

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Feb 2, 2014 1:13 PM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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Caecilla is the original default font of the Kindle

Of course it is, and has been for six years. Have you just discovered that?

But you should never force Caecillia on anyone. Owners of the newer Kindles have their choice of display fonts, and they might start handing out one-star reviews if their beloved Arial turns out to be Caecillia.

Good luck! -- NJ

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cjeasyaspie

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Re: problems coverting Word to html file
Posted: Feb 2, 2014 4:45 PM   in response to: Jesse Jamison in response to: Jesse Jamison
 
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Jesse,

That's an interesting approach that could be a great bonus to people who have only the basic Microsoft programs and don't have MS Word.

Are you saying you uploaded your Wordpad file to Amazon KDP Publishing platform, and it was accepted and published?

Would you mind sending me a sample of what you did?

Please click on my signature under this message to open my profile in the sidebar and get my email address... then send me a sample of your Wordpad file.

Thanks!

Happy Kindling,

CJ, at CJ's Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials
http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com/
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