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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: EPUB from OpenOffice
Date Fri, 10 May 2013 20:46:37 GMT
On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM, Dan Lewis <> wrote:
> On 05/10/2013 04:27 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>> On Fri, 10 May 2013 02:31:33 -0500
>> Tamblyne <> wrote:
>>> On 4/2/2013 4:01 PM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:49:13 -0400 Rob Weir <>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> *I see several extensions in the repository that offer EPub digital
>>>>> book conversion from OpenOffice:
>>>>> **
>>>>> **
>>>>> 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.

Hi Dan,  Does that workflow you describe preserve the Table of
Contents from the document, so it becomes a proper TOC in EPUB, not
list a list of hyperlinks?


>      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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