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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: EPUB from OpenOffice
Date Fri, 10 May 2013 16:10:44 GMT
Pamela Wilson provides some free seminars on making ebooks, 
<http://www.bigbrandsystem.com/free-brown-bag-webinars/#3>.

Apache OpenOffice Writer is featured as the preferred authoring too.  The bundled materials
that are for sale include ODT templates.  There is also guidance and explanation of what it
takes to format for EPUB and have good results.  EPUB formats are restricted and attempting
to make a heavily styled document is not a good idea.  The proposed approach works for submissions
of Kindle books also.

The associated materials are not inexpensive, in the $100-$200 US range.  They are intended
for folks who are serious about publishing or who want to provide authoring services to others.
 After the initial expense, there is no reuse limitation and there are no royalty obligations,
however.  Calibre for creating eReader-ready format.  There is an assumption that folks are
using Windows or Macintosh OSX.

There's an On-Demand Webinar for eBook Evolution that is recommended for folks who are not
professional authors/writers as well.  I presume that it features the eBook Evolution package
that is offered as a product.  I haven't explored this:
 <http://www.bigbrandsystem.com/ultimate-ebook-kickstart/>.

 - Dennis



-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Lewis [mailto:elderdanlewis@gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 03:53
To: users@openoffice.apache.org
Subject: Re: EPUB from OpenOffice

On 05/10/2013 04:27 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
> On Fri, 10 May 2013 02:31:33 -0500
> Tamblyne <tamblyne@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On 4/2/2013 4:01 PM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:49:13 -0400 Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> *I see several extensions in the repository that offer EPub digital
>>>> book conversion from OpenOffice:
>>>>
>>>> http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/epubGenerator*
>>>> * http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/Writer2ePub*
>>>> * http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/odftoepub*
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone have experience with these, and a recommendation?  Or
>>>> is there some other tool that you would suggest for publishing to
>>>> EPub?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks in advance for any insights.
>>> I've done very little by way  of conversion to electronic formats; I
>>> found Calibre very satisfactory.  It converts to many (all?) eformats
>>> directly from OpenOffice .odt files (from other formats also), and
>>> manages one's library on the ereader.  Certainly worth
>>> investigation.
>> I finally had a chance to try this, and while I love the other aspects
>> of Calibre, the conversion to epub wasn't great as regards it's handling
>> of the styles.  So -- to convert do you need a document without any
>> formatting?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Tam
> I can't answer that in any detail; later this year I will have occasion to convert a
book text to some form of epub and will have to read  up the intricacies of Calibre's .odt
conversion.  I am aware that it can be fine tuned to pick up and convert many of the formattings
in the .odt, but haven't looked into that in depth yet. Any form of format conversion usually
entails decision making about the compromises involved; a text formatted for (say) a US Letter
page may not adjust immediately to the reduced and dynamic page/textflow of an ereader.
      What I have found that works rather well is to use Calibre to 
convert ODT to ePUB. Then I use Sigil to clean up the underlying html 
files. I use these settings in Sigil's Preferences in the Clean Source 
section: HTML Tiddy, Open, Save, and Replace all files.
      We had a post that mentioned Tiddy in a web article in which the 
author mentioned that using his method to clean up the code while 
converting OTD to ePUB. The only problem with the article is that there 
seems to be no information on the web for how to install Tiddy on Ubuntu 
(the OS that I use). Sigil seems to install and use Tiddy to clean up 
the code.
      FYI: The conversion of ODT to ePUB involves converting a single 
ODT file to multiple HTML files based upon your settings in Calibre. 
These files are zipped along with other information, and the zipped file 
is given the ePUB suffix.

--Dan

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