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Questions about creating ebooks from scratch or from existing documents

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How to create plain text flashcards for the Kindle?

Amazon for the Mac can create flashcards: Amazon Device Support › Kindle for Mac › Read Books› Read with Flashcards Flashcards are note cards created for select content on Kindle for Mac, which ...
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Duplicate pages in djvu without significant file size grow

I have a multipage djvu document with several pages which in fact are same. These are usually pages "for notes" at the end of document. Or empty pages without content between chapters. They are all ...
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Does anybody read interactive eBooks?

"Interactive" eBooks are books which integrate various means by which the "book" can interact with the reader. They often incorporate audio and graphic elements. My question is as follows: Is ...
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How to build ebooks from O'Reilly Atlas Projects?

I can't find a way to get two ebooks to build. (Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum) Both projects are based upon asciidoc but using the O'Reilly build tool Atlas. How can I build this without ...
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How do I export Wikipedia article collections to epub?

I used to do that a year or two ago and it was pretty straightforward back than (there was Export to epub link or something like this on the left pane of a Wikipedia page). Not any more! Currently, ...
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Table of Contents just contains lots of “New Article N” entries

I'm using QuarkXPress 2017 to create a Kindle ebook based on a print layout that someone else has created for commercial printing. Everything's going fine apart from the Table of Contents; when I load ...
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How can I create an ebook from existing HTML files?

I will be writing software that allows me to select stretching exercises, put them in order, and then create an ebook, one per page, and then use it on my kindle. I was hoping that my software could ...
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Can I use Google Docs to write an ebook for Kindle?

I'm in the process of writing my first eBook. The writing is nearly finished - I will be done by Tuesday. Currently I'm writing in Google Docs and I plan to publish on Kindle. Are these compatible? ...
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How to make a basic ebook with chapters

Basically, what I want to do is download one of the online textbooks I use for school (already dealt with) with each page as a .txt file so I can read my textbook on my e-reader instead of my computer....
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Can I split chapters with CSS?

I'm learning to create epubs with InDesign. If you want a particular element inside a chapter (e.g. a subheading) to appear at the top of the next page, you can assign it a CSS style that has been ...
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interactive 3D content - which format supports?

I am looking for options to display a 3D rendered model with some interactivity. Adobe does (used to ?) support for 3D content, however as I know it doesn't work on handhold devices or mobiles, only ...
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typesetting equations for epub book [duplicate]

I would like to write an ebook (epub format) which is math and chemistry heavy. So far I found a way to typeset my equations, produce images and insert that to the text, but it needs a lot of ...
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Rich e-book authoring, other than iBooks Author?

i am writing (or should i say, developing) an ebook on iBooks Author with all the cool features it provides. After this I wanted to do a version of it for other platforms, such as the Kindle. From ...
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How do I build multiple ebooks using common blocks of content and styling, such as title pages and CSS?

I work in a university program with around 30 units, each of which produces a learning guide of 80 to 120 pages. Currently we supply them as pdf files, but I want to move to an epub (HTML/CSS) based ...
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Automating appending numbers to the end of paragraphs, numbered paragraphs

I'm formatting an ebook that uses line numbers. The only problem is the numbers have not been provided, so I would have to enter them all myself. How can I add these line numbers, maybe using PERL (...
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Desktop publishing programs that are capable of including videos in an ebook

I know InDesign and QuarkExpress can do this. But does anyone know something else? Some open source tool would be nice. But any hint is appreciated.
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Converting raw text to Epub

I have some raw text documents, mainly novels and theater plays that I would like to convert to EPUB. What is the best way to do that? Should I use an intermediate format? Can it be automated?
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Can I have “clickable” links/references/index entries in an ePub?

In a technical book, it is common to have a reference to material in another part of the book. Can I use something like an <a href=""> tag in the HTML to provide a direct link? How would I do ...
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How do I add a cover (and other pictures) to my ePub?

If I am creating an ePub file by hand, from scratch (following a recipe such as laid out in this question), how would I go about adding pictures to the file? In particular, is there anything special ...
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What is the minimum required content for a valid ePub?

I would like to create my own ePub documents from scratch without a tool so that I have full control over the final result. What is the absolute minimum set of required files to have a valid ePub ...
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Can I make custom fonts show up in iBooks?

Is it possible to include custom fonts in an ebook and have them show up in iBooks, or can you only use the various default fonts listed on the device?
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browser tools to test custom viewport sizes?

I'm coding html for ebooks, and my first test is in the Firefox browser. I need a down-and-dirty to simulate and compare web design in different device viewports in both landscape and portrait mode. ...
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Is it advisable to add sound excerpts to an ebook?

As far as I know, many ebook readers may also play music. Does it make sense to create an ebook which contains (internal) link to audio snippets? Does the ePub standard allow it? (snippets would be ...
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Epub file not turning pages on nook devices

OK, I'm having a very strange problem with a reflowable epub file I'm creating. It displays fine on most reading systems, but on the Nook, it will not advance pages across chapter breaks. Instead, it ...
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More than one chapter div in one epub file?

A self-publishing author started his book with two epigraphs and a prologue. I originally formatted this as one file, putting the epigraphs at the top of the page (separated by blank lines). The ...
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Is there a compelling reason to distribute both '.azw' and '.mobi' files?

I am currently researching what ebook formats I should be targeting. I would like maximum distribution potential with minimum fuss (for both myself and users, with the latter taking priority). I have ...
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What is the easiest workflow to publish ePub files from highly structured database content?

I have a large amount of highly structured data (Bible verse translations and commentary) in an SQL database that I would like to make available in as widely usable an ebook format (or formats) as ...
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How do I convert an RSS feed's entries into an ebook?

How would I convert an RSS feed into an ebook? I know that calibre can already do this but it is a bit bulky and I don't feel confident writing a recipe in Python to try to do this. I do have access ...
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How to simulate an epub ereader and inspect its DOM?

I have an ebook that I'm trying to make adjustments to. When I load it on my Nook Simple Touch, it has large margins, ignoring the settings on the Nook to have a minimal margin. When going through ...
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How can I personalize each copy of a PDF to add the reader's name or email address to each page?

To discourage readers from uploading it to public file-sharing sites, I'd like to personalize each copy of a PDF document to embed some identifying information to each page. I'm thinking of something ...
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Page flipping effect in eBooks

I am new to the world of ebook publishing. I have created an ebook of format .epub and I am wondering what can I do to enable a page flipping effect when user navigates from one page to another, on a ...
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How can I optimize an epub file?

How can I optimize an epub file, in order, but not limited to: limit the chances of compatibility issues? make it faster to load and to be processed from the reader? keep its look consistent ...
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How can I validate an epub file?

How can I formally validate the structure of an .epub file and check it for errors?
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Epub reader limitations

Some ebook readers (like Sony PRS-650) does not handle epub files which contains HTML files bigger than ~200-300kbytes. Is there any other limitations which are not part of the standard but ebook ...
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How to build an epub starting from a bunch of HTML files?

I have a number of short HTML files (actually they are XHTML) with small problems and answers, which I post on my blog every Sunday, and I'd like to merge some of them in an ebook. I already did it ...
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How can I automate the creation of EPUB files from series of existing JPEG photos?

I have multiple sets of JPEG photos (not images/scans of books, but of e.g. my children), that I would like to turn into EPUB files, so I can take them along on my ebook-reader and view them. Are ...
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Exact readable screen size of Sony PRS-650

I use a Sony PRS-650 and I often create PDF files for it with LibreOffice. These are usually documents which I read only once and I don't care about portability. (I don't read them on other devices ...
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Are there ways to easily convert chapter-split books from popular fan-fiction sites into single e-book?

Are there ways to easily convert chapter-split books from popular fan-fiction sites into single e-book? Of course, one can either manually download every one of 50+ chapters of a large fic by hand ...
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Scrivener as a tool for creating ebooks

What issues can one expect when writing a document in Scrivener and creating an ebook? That is, what technical, formatting, or other hurdles should I expect if I do this? I am assuming that it would ...