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Can you typeset documents in a universal markup language?

I was recently thinking about preparing a document, and if I could structure the information of that document in the most universal way possible. Ideally, document elements should be tagged as what ...
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How to wrap long lines inside 'pre code' environments, for Kobo

I am trying to build an ebook from a programming tutorial (markdown): it contains many code blocks with comments; the comment lines are too long for the width of my Kobo H2O v2 reader, so I can't read ...
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Convert fixed layout azw3 file, to pdf first or other formats if not possible, with all formatting intact

I have an azw3 as described above. It can be converted into epub, using the extension from Calibre "Kindle Unpack", but there are no paragraphs, meaning that the all the words in the txt ...
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How to self generate a Kindle ebook with Enhanced Typesetting so that I can left align the text?

I generated an HTML page and would like to send it to my Kindle. I'm trying to have this HTML book left-justified in my kindle. I used Calibre and Kindle Previewer to generate Mobi, KDP, and HTML ...
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Alternate covers for different devices and software

Quite new to writing and editing ebooks and I wondered something. I know in webpages it's possible to produce alternate styling and content based on what the content is being viewed on. So CSS can ...
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Code block formatting in KDP

I am planning to create an ebook and publish on Amazon (kdp) format. However,When I converted my rough copy to kdp . The code formatting was not up to the mark . What is the best way to include code ...
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Publishing in serveral formats: what CSS code to use?

There's the site "Can I use" to show which CSS keyword is compatible with which browser. But is there the equivalent for books format? For instance, I'm trying to make several book formats ...
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EPUB 3 CSS stylesheet ignored in some cases?

I created a MOBI file using Kindlegen. I fed the MOBI file to Calibre and converted it to an EPUB. If I view the HTML files I used to create the MOBI file, they look great. All formatting is picked ...
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how does kindle ownership work?

Imagine I buy a book in kindle. question 1) is it possible to share it with someone else so that he doesn't pay at all for that book? Question 2) if it's possible, then how is it a good idea that ...
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How can I get an HTML input converted to PDF at 6x9" or otherwise for KDP paperback creation?

I am trying to get from HTML originally intended for Kindle formats, to an output appropriate to KDP paperback format. Calibre appears to be producing 8 1/2 x 11" output, too large for this service ...
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Is there a way to convert an ePub page flip direction to rtl automatically?

In other words, can you update the spine tag with a script instead of converting to zip, opening, and replacing? Thanks.
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Return links for Table of Contents list and in-book headings

I'm using Notepad++ to format my first novel in HTML before converting it to MOBI and/or ePUB. I've done the code to make the items on my Table of Contents into live links and they all take me to ...
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Phonetic IPA sounds problem to transfer to ePub format

I have the problem to transfer text with IPA symbols without losing them to ePub format. After formatting as ePub the symbols are not present. See the images: the others are just normal fonts and not ...
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Export .ePUB to text but somehow retain formatting

Is it possible to export an .ePUB document to .txt but also be able to retain the formatting of italicized and bold text? (For example, they can be in their own tags.)
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how to enable landscape mode on a Kindle?

Running Firmware 5.8.9.0.1 on a seventh generation Kindle. I had landscape enabled before but can't find it now. The paperwhite directions don't work as there's no such option.
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Can Kindle books handle side-by-side texts?

In the realm of bilingual print books, there are many "side-by-side" story books in which one page tells a story in one language, and the facing page tells the same story in another language. This ...
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Alternative to Kobo to solve line wrapping problem

I was given a Kobo as a gift. I like the idea of reading a book on an electronic device because I'd like to be able to click and see a definition of a word that I'm not familiar with, rather than ...
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Are soft hyphens supported by epub devices?

Sometimes it would be useful to hyphenate some long words, so that the spaces between words remain small even in case of justified text. This is even more important when reading in a small device, ...
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What formats do people sell on their website? [duplicate]

I just published my first book, and it's available on both Amazon and iBooks. I also want to sell it on my website, but I'm still a little confused about the format options. The original epub version ...
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Paragraph margins: CSS vs br tags

I'm formating my fiction ebook using Sigil. For clarity between scenes/POV changes/scene breaks etc, I need to have certain margins between paragraphs. I decided I need three types of margins: short-...
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Tricky Conversion

I'm trying to best convert my book to an e-reader format, initially for Kindle, but I really want something that will display on any e-reader. My book includes a mix of both English and Korean and ...
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How to avoid "orphaned" paragraph breaks in Scrivener?

I am using Scrivener to edit my book and publish it to Kindle. Right now, when a paragraph flows past the end of the page, sometimes only one line of this paragraph is shown on the next paragraph. ...
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Why is Hard copy book black and white, but Ebook is color?

I have two textbooks I was required to purchase for Web Design classes. I noticed that the hard-copy paper book version is entirely black and white, but the ebook is all color. Aside from saving on ...
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Formatting word for kindle

I've written a book and uploaded it to Kindle. I have two books available already and formatted them without issue. This time, Kindle Preview looked fine. When the book went live, I checked it on my ...
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Can I expect one chapter per html file in an Epub?

Is this the rule or can I find several chapters in an html file? Having 1 chapter helps moving back and forth chapters or set bookmarks.
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

I am thinking about writing and/publishing an ebook with the following in mind: It will contain code (needs proper formatting) I should be able to publish PDF and EPUB versions I might need to have ...
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Calibre - keep personal folder format

I have spent the last few days manually organizing my ebook collection into folders and sub-folders. When I load everything into Calibre, everything gets changed from the title to the way its saved in ...
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How do I make the images larger for Paperwhite?

I use pictures in my books. I try to keep it as simple as possible. No tricky formatting. To give you an idea, here's what it looks like in MS Word: All of them look pretty decent when you look at ...
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How do you make paragraphs break in iBooks or Nook?

I have just finished the long and arduous task of typesetting a book using quarkXpress2015. While everything is beautiful on-screen and as a PDF, things get ugly when exporting as ePub for ebooks. I'...
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How to handle formatted text examples in book content?

I am preparing a book for print that includes many (60+) examples of formatted text (indentation is used for a specific purpose in the method that the book describes and a different font helps set the ...
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How to handle footnotes when working with epub files

I am trying to digitize a book into epub format based on a scan. I have come to a page with some footnotes attached at the bottom. Where would I put these in an Epub? At the end of the chapter?
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Any way to center whatever content appears on the screen?

I've been writing an ebook in html and css. I have an image-heavy section in my ebook, and occasionally in the Kindle previewer, images will be pushed to the next "page". That's fine. What I'm ...
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footnote as popup in epub

In an ebook I bought, if you click on the number of a footnote the text of the note appears as a popup, and you may choose to close the popup or go to the chapter with footnotes. I noticed this ...
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Adding Page Numbers in Word

How do I add page numbers to an ebook in Microsoft Word, in the following format: No numbers on opening pages (Title page, Copyright, Dedication) First page Number appears at bottom of Chapter 1 ...
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Block quotes in numbered lists that don't interrupt numbering

I am working on a book that has a long lists of paragraphs that are numbered as in a numbered list. Within several of the paragraphs are blockquotes, and one in particular has a blockquote followed by ...
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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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What text format is least likely to clash with ebook formats?

There are several different software products for collecting and formatting the electronic written word. Microsoft & Google, are two big names offering products, there are also many others. ...