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punchygonzales

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Re: Templates for children’s books and comics
Posted: Dec 27, 2012 7:40 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Would you believe I didn't even see "class" in front of "app-amzn-magnify"? Apparently intellectual blindness comes with age.
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Re: Templates for children’s books and comics
Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:18 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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:-)
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:59 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Evening all -

You know, I have been through many of the issues and responses for formatting and uploading. In all honesty, I have followed every direction attempting to upload my work, and
upon preview, the page numbers (breaks) are still incorrect. Actually they are non-existent. It's all there, just jumbled together.
I am using Open Office, and I have uploaded it as HTML as well as in pdf form (which I understand is bad juju as far as a proper transfer).
It should not be this difficult to simply transfer a file.
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:06 PM   in response to: Michael daniel in response to: Michael daniel
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Page numbers don't work (at least not for those of us going the KDP route), so always get rid of those along with headers and footers.

If you like working in OpenOffice, I can suggest downloading the free trial of Jutoh and let it do most of the work for you. It will import and convert your ODT files to both ePub and Mobi formats, though not without some work on your part, but it makes constructing the TOC and NCX files a cinch and you don't need to learn HTML.

http://www.jutoh.com
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:46 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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Punchy -

HTML will remove page numbers (headers / footers) correct? Perhaps that is what is causing the work to jumble up?
Perhaps if I just removed the header and evened the text out, that would solve the issue?

Thanks for the suggestion -
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 6:36 PM   in response to: Michael daniel in response to: Michael daniel
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It USUALLY will remove that stuff, but I've seen a few people come through here over the past year with stories of page numbers showing up randomly on pages and that sort of thing. It certainly would be better to rmove it yourself to make sure it's done.
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 29, 2012 5:09 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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Well, I have spent a few hours wading through the muck. Tell ya' what - how about I just send you cash and you make it all good? ; )
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 29, 2012 6:13 PM   in response to: Michael daniel in response to: Michael daniel
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I will, and for a holiday bargain price. :)

Seriously, if you really need someone to format it, this is a good time for me. I've got a better system down that allows me to work faster now, so I recently (this weekend) lowered my prices.

http://ebookpioneers.com/
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 29, 2012 7:40 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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Prices shown correct?
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:54 PM   in response to: Michael daniel in response to: Michael daniel
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Yep.
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 30, 2012 4:05 PM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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My short story, The Wager, is at Kindle Fire and I have previewed it. It has been successfully uploaded. I don't have a clue what is next or how I find kindle fire or my story. Help! Don Ballew
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Dec 30, 2012 8:13 PM   in response to: don ballew in response to: don ballew
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Follow the instructions in the chapter "Finishing Your Book" in the official Amazon tutorial "Building Your Book for Kindle"
(Mac version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00822K3Z0 )

The Kindle Fire is an e-reading device that one can purchase on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083Q04IQ
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Mar 24, 2013 7:50 AM   in response to: man2010 in response to: man2010
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Thought that I'd mention that I did a book last week for a guy who had written it in WordPerfect (I don't know which version), and all his hyphens came out as little squares of junk code. It was easy enough to search & replace them, but WordPerfect users might want to watch out for that.
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Mar 24, 2013 9:26 AM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
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Since WordPerfect users cannot upload their files without converting them to html first, they need to understand that WP can insert way too much junk code for an e-book. Pay very close attention to font-family codes that it inserts during conversion. And be sure to check for charset=utf-8 in the html file. Any weird boxes appearing instead of something like a hyphen usually means the author more than likely used an off-beat font or symbol family inside WP. WordPerfect authors need to really keep it simple AND verify the code conversion in their html files. By trimming the code bloat you can cut the size of some WP generated html files by two-thirds.
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Re: Formatting an ebook properly in Word or in WordPerfect, OpenOffice or HTML
Posted: Mar 24, 2013 10:35 AM   in response to: huemann in response to: huemann
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I don't think anbody uses a special symbol for a hyphen. He used palatino font and ht the hyphen button like everybody else. But he may have used 1 15 year old version of WP.
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