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Formatting a script for eBook conversion
Whereas there are some magnificent e-book typing and converting applications that - from free to hundred bucks for each deck - most folks still favor typing in a conventional text editor. However, there are still some great e-book typing and converting applicacies available. Many self-released writers today are deciding to migrate their e-books just to spend a lot of time on the projects, so it might not be as simple as they would like.
One of the best ways to do this is to write a script for your own use. This paper explains how to prepare a script for formatting your own work. Our recommendations can be followed from the beginning (this is what we recommend) or they can be used on an already finished work.
Reformat your manuscript: Why is it important? Texts and eBooks may look similar on the outside, but they have very different use. You are conceived in such a way that an e-pub that is hard to modify by the users and shows according to the intentions of the publishing house on many different equipment, be it a computer, a Kindle or a smart phone.
As the ideas behind e-books and Word files are so different, it is not astonishing that they only look similar on the interface. Not only does a script that has not been correctly converted look poor, it will probably be turned down by the shops for technological reason. It' s a disgrace to your astonishing novel to exhibit inappropriately, to look non-professional or to be refused by the shops.
The majority of e-book readers and applications allow people to resize fonts, style, line spacing and even the colour of the backgrounds - or deactivate these properties overall and provide a single-sized default theme for all. This is astonishing from the reader's point of view, but it also means that the format you use will probably be over-written.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't use a format or it doesn't make sense to create a nice pub, quite the opposite. However, remember that you will have to adapt to different levels when you prepare your work. Ensure that all formattings you use are consistent throughout the entire manual.
Particularly when you create long texts, it is easily forgotten what the preceding section titles look like or whether the blocks were created with an intention of 1" or 1.5". The next section tells you what to do. html-important files: this is your manual; a xls file: a stylesheet: this contains all formats; a style sheet: a text. this has all the meta data to help eBooks users use the covers, the titles, the author, the right drawing preferences and define the languages; and a german ncx: this is an integrated obligatory table of content that appears when the users press the to-coll. key.
All these parts are created by your eBooking transformation program automatical. All you have to do is make sure your script is finished so your application knows what to do. When your script is properly edited, the "What you see is what you get" (visual) concept in Word is successfully "translated" into the HTML-like texture of the e-pub.
Use the following instructions to help you prepare a script for converting to ebooks. To ensure that the style sheet works correctly and that the style of your books is formatted consistently, you must use general formats instead of on-premises. Formats text at the layer of a section. In order to begin with a tidy vest, it is best to strip all formattings.
From Google Docs, hit CTRL + A to choose the entire file, then go to your Style (it should be somewhere at the top) and choose New. Click the Delete All Formats in Word to delete all formats. All italic and heavy text formats will be removed. If you want to stay italic and bolder, hold down CTRL + A to choose the entire style, then go to the style and choose New.
When you have chosen all texts, but the Fonts and Fontsize field is empty, this means that some additional text formats still exist locally. In order to resolve this, simply choose a plain, standard typeface such as Arial or Garamond and choose your own one. That is not the definitive format of your book: we will be adding the format later.
Let's get the script cleaned up before we re-format it. We' re going to have to take everything we don't need. Most likely will look like this on the notebook reader: So if your textbook contains many automated numbers and you want to turn them all into "real" numbers, here's a try.
In addition, styles for enumeration listings are often pre-defined on notebook readers, and they often get different formating and make your books look stupid. When you use enumeration listings for your dialogues, use the stunt described in the preceding section. In Word, double-click at the top or bottom of the page to open the Headers and Footers menus and click Remove Page Numbers.
Also, you should remove all page number links (e.g., don't say: see page 20, say something like in section 1). Whereas each of the books should have a table of contents, the one you add at the beginning of your documents will not work. Either it looses its clickability or it holds the page numbers: page numbers make no use when it comes to an e-mail.
Therefore we have to delete the table of content. If you want to delete your table of content, click Links, then choose Table of Content on the list on the left and click Delete below. Don't worry: we will create a new table of content during the converting process. On the Start page in Word, choose the small section symbol (?) to display all unprinted letters.
All" invisible" format characters are displayed. You' ll see a for each harsh line feed (paragraph break) and a (soft return) character for each harsh line feed. Ensure that you only have section wraps at the end of the heels on ?, and nowhere else. They cannot have a parenthesis in the center of a block.
When you see a paraphrase wrap or a smooth response that should not exist, just remove it. If you need some spacing between the sections, we can apply it later using style. When you signal a significant interruption within a section (a section or interrupt to give the user some breathing time), please include a line of three stars as shown in the following picture:
Whereas it is customary to begin a section on a new page, do not insert any more break paragraphs to bring something to the next page. Because your textbook is viewed on a variety of media, it will easily confuse your layouts. Delete them all for now: we will be adding some indentations later.
Simply unplug the straps. In Word, click your photo, click Layout Options in the upper right hand side and choose In Line with Text. You' ll also find this in the Format submenu, as shown in the figure below. In this way it is ensured that your pictures are "anchored" in the right place so that they stay between these two sections even after they have been converted.
Whilst it is possible to wind pictures in epoxy tubs, it is not recommended for novice users to try this option, as it usually leads to poor sizing. For eBooks (usually seen from a smart phone or tablet), 4 million pixel are enough to deliver good print without needlessly resizing the text.
Holding the notebook largeness low is general politeness, as most of your purchasers will meet the notebook on a gadget with finite memory capacity. A lot of notebook converting utilities would do this by default, but it is best for you to do it yourself. They can be placed at the end of the volume or at the end of each section.
Here's what you need to remove: When your text is clear, you can apply style to it. Your book's frame is already designed as "normal". While you can reformat your regular section as you like (including fonts, size, etc.), the most important choice you should make is whether to use indentations or space to split your heels.
When using indentations, don't just add a tabs in front of a section (remember, we just deleted it?), but use the up-arrow. When you have finished deciding how your section should look, right-click "Normal" and choose the Update Regular Selection option. In this way, all your regular heels are formatted in the same way.
To make the first section look different in each section, make your changes to the first section, then choose Make Styles. It' important that your headlines (chapter headlines and subtitles) are flagged as headlines, otherwise the converting program will not recognise them and will not use them to generate the index.
Simply click on your first section and choose "Heading 1" under your genres. Now you can do any format you want, just don't overlook updating the styling when you're done. Just choose headline 1: The format is applied automatic. Good job, your script is now correctly formated!
Their next job is to turn it into a work. Your script can start with the first section, but your script cannot. You will need a front page, a front page, a copyrights page and a directory. In the end of the volume, many readers are considering to add an author's biography and other works from the same field of authors.
Now do not insert the directory or sleeve. As soon as your notebook is finished, store your document in.odt or.docx files. Those script styles work better with an electronic notebook that is transformed as a simple.doc style. In case you have not selected an notebook convertor yet, we suggest to use Sigil or Reedsy notebook reader.
However, an e-book script that' s reformatted this way works well with some kind of e-book convertor.