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The process of making additions, corrections, or modifications to a pre-existing ebook.

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xpath in the calibre editor

Abstract In some search operations in calibre one can use an xpath expression to get the values for particular tags, i.e. the following expression: //h:div[re:test(@class, "figbox", "i")] selects ...
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How to change LINE tags to WORD tags in the DjVu text layer?

I extracted text layer in XML from DjVu file, using djvutoxml tool from the DjvuLibre library. I have a text layer XML divided by lines. What should I use to reformat lines to words? I have this: &...
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Editing a published epub book

I have tried for several hours to edit an eBook with Calibre, the page I wish to edit comes on screen but will not edit. I have read the instructions a dozen times and I cannot find an answer to what ...
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How can I get free Microsoft word templates for poetry books?

I am designing a poetry ebook with Microsoft word. Where can I find free templates that I can use? All the free templates I see online are for InDesign but I need one for Microsoft word. Thanks.
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Programming Sigil for importing annotations

I was advised to use Sigil for manipulating an epub file. My idea is to get highlighting from my Kobo ebook reader from its sqlite database and put it into the epub file so that I could see my ...
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Automatic creation of bookmarks from Table Of Content

I've got this big problem: I have a PDF book with, say, 4 chapters and a bunch of paragraphs in each chapters. At the begenning of the book there is a non-clickable index with chapters, paragraphs and ...
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Version control for writing ebooks

When software such as Calibre is used to generate epub, what version control is available? To my understanding, git can be made to work with word processors by jumping through hoops. Perhaps there ...
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Kindle text editor?

Take note has a nice interface: But how do I install onto a seventh generation basic Kindle? (Not fire, not paperwhite, just "regular".) Would love a simple text editor outside of adding notes to a ...
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Insert a short sentence at many given locations in an epub file automatically

I have a page-map file for an epub. Could I insert a sentence or numbers at the end of each page based on the page information from the page-map file.
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Edits aren't being saved in Calibre

I've just spent the last two days taking all the bad line breaks and correcting type errors made in the conversion of my novel into an epub file. Up until an hour ago, my saves were taking. The file ...
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It's possible to add a background-color: / background: BLACK (with white text) for a page in an AZW3 ebook?

I'm trying to make a page black background with white text but it doesn't work. (AZW3 format) Any ideas for html code? I've tried both background and background-color and they don't work.
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How does Project Gutenberg structure their epubs?

I've started exploring some of the texts on Project Gutenberg and the first happens to be the Douay-Rheims bible. I'm looking at the Text section and just see a blob of documents not divided by any ...
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How to get the fragment name with JavaScript

I'm trying to build an interactive ebook as a single page application. Everything works fine till now, except that I couldn't find a way to create a dynamic table of contents. My initial idea was to ...
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Does .epub support inline links?

I want to better understand what options the .epub format have to provide more dynamic experiences than just reading a text linearly. Is there a way to have links inside an ePub that point to ...
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Downscaled screenshots of HTML tables look blurry. Why?

My EPUB contained many HTML tables, many of which would break on small screens. I therefore took screenshots of the tables and inserted the images into the EPUB in place of the HTML tables. I just ...
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Is it possible to set Calibre Editor to automatically backup a book file before modifying it?

Pretty much as the title says, is it possible to set Calibre to automatically create a backup copy of a given .epub file before editing it? When experimenting, it would be handy to keep the original ...
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How to change text alignment with Calibre book editor

I have a book in .epub format (I will be converting it into .mobi after), and I need to change the text alignment to left everywhere. I am aware of the text alignment feature in the book editor but ...
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How can I highlight visited anchors in an epub?

Suppose I insert the following anchor in an epub... <span id="horse"></span>The first horses in America . . . Then I insert a link in the index... Horse, in America, <a href="..Text/...
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How to alternate row colors of tables in ePub files

Can anyone tell me how to create tables with alternating row colors in an epub? For example, I might want the default background color to be white, but every other row would have a light blue ...
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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 can I prevent a widowed/orphaned header?

I have a chapter that has brief information for each of the 50 states. Each section begins with a state's name in a h4 tag. When I preview my book, I sometimes see a header resting on the bottom of a ...
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Overriding Device Styles

On some epub devices, you can change the background color to black, with the font switching to white. My iBook program allows four distinct styles. Is there a way to override these styles for ...
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Sub-chapters based on h2 tags in ePub file

I have an ePub file that I generate in which I have chapters and sub-chapters. I found here an example of how to create sub-chapters in the ncx file. I quote here the answer of @macjohn <meta ...
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Are image subfolders allowed in Sigil?

I started out with InDesign. I was able to create a simple epub, then drag it onto eCanCrusher to crack open its contents. I could then copy images from another location into my epub and drag it back ...
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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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Internal Links Between InDesign Documents Don't Work

First, a little background: I created a series of documents, each one representing a chapter in my book. Then I created a book and imported all the documents into it. It seems to be working OK; when I ...
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Can I use bold and italics tags?

I'm new to epubs; I'm wading through the InDesign tutorials and will then have to learn how to work with iBooks Author (and perhaps Sigil as well). Anyway, I ran into an unexpected snag in InDesign: ...
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Importing XHTML Files into InDesign

I just watched a series of InDesign tutorials on Lynda.com. It looks relatively simple, but one thing I'm hung up on is importing content. I created my book as a website in Dreamweaver, so I could ...
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Should every paragraph tag have a CSS style (InDesign)?

I'm working on my first epub, and I would like to use the following CSS scheme: Most paragraph tags would have no class assigned and would be styled by a simple rule in the style sheet... p {} A ...
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Fix spelling errors in epub file via rtf of same book?

I am reading a book I got as ePub but it has a lot of OCR errors, for example: "is" becomes "!5" and so on. I tried to find another version of the book without the errors but the only one I could find ...
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pictures show twice in android app

I received a 250MB epub file and unzipped it (with 7z) and just recompress it's jpeg's to ~50% size (not dimensions), keeping the same files names (with IfranView). I reziped to .epub and loaded it ...
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Command line extraction of metadata (title. author) from epub file

I would like to use a command line to extract the title of a book (possibly also other metadata) from its epub file and return it as a string. I am using Linux, but my guess is that the question ...
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How to remove and add certain pages from pdf file?

There are PDF files which are very long and most of the pages don't provide any essential information. So I want to keep only those pages which are relevant and want to get rid of unnecessary material....
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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

I am used to creating and editing .epub files, usually with Sigil. Sometimes, however, I need to retouch a file in .mobi format for my wife. My usual approach is to convert it in .epub with Calibre, ...
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Numbered paragraphs or lines in epub?

In some books (namely, The Iliad, The Bible, Seneca's Letters) I've seen paragraphs, lines or sentences are numbered. There is a couple of books I'd like to have properly formatted, and they have ...
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Is there a way to publish an eBook, distribute it and the push updates to the distributed eBooks?

If I publish an eBook, distribute it and later I want to edit or add to the information, is there is a way to push those updates to the already distributed copies of the eBook?
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How can I extract some chapters or sections from an ebook into a new one?

How can I easily extract some sections from an ebook and create a new one that will contain just those parts? It would be especially useful with omnibus ebooks when I want to read just some of the ...
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How can I merge multiple ebooks in a single file?

Is there a way to easily combine multiple ebooks into a single file, that will collect all of them?
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Sort/Select chapters/paragraphs by POV

I have often considered (and had suggestions) that it is worth reading some books only reading certain characters Point of Views. Particularly for Epic Fantasy, where there are many many characters. ...
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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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How to remove hard hyphens?

Is there any reasonably easy way to remove "hard" hyphens from an eBook? For example, I am reading a book by Ted Dekker where there are many places where a word has a hy-phen in the middle. (Not ...
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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 change color of my e-book?

How can I change the font or background color of my PDF e-book. I use Adobe reader v10 and it has no default option to change this. Is there a way to edit the e-book to change the font or background ...
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How is an epub structured internally?

I know from sources I do not remember anymore, that an epub file is a valid zip file containing (among other files) chapters as *.xhtml files, a manifest file content.opf and a table of contents file ...
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Is there online eBook authoring tool which can produce ePub and PDF formats?

I would prefer an online tool so that I am not tied to a particular computer for adding content. Additionally I would expect an online collaboration tool ( distribute chapters to authors and editors) ...
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Are there any WYSIWYG editors for EPUB books?

I am looking for an easy to use editor that provides a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) interface. I know that you can import a Microsoft Word document into Calibre, but I would prefer to be ...
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How do I remove pages from an ePub file?

I have an eBook in .epub file format and I would like to remove the entire first and last pages of the book. How would I go about doing this?