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What software should I use to write books, which can be exported to Lulu and CreateSpace?

I currently use PagePlus X6 to typeset books. It has the capability to export to .pdf files and .epub files. However, the generated files are being rejected by Lulu and CreateSpace. Is there an ...
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1answer
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How can I display 'word count' in Calibre while browsing my Library?

I use Calibre, to manage my library of eBooks. It is easy to include the size of the book, but with images and such that can be misleading. I notice on Smashwords they often include a word count in ...
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3answers
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Is there any way to address encoding errors in purchased ebooks

I have found a number of ebooks that I have purchased have some glitches in the encoding. Most often I notice that the pages are mapped incorrectly. For instance, in one case I advance to the next ...
10
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1answer
168 views

Disabling Ads on a Kindle with Special Offers

If I get the Kindle with Special Offers can I upgrade to disable the ads? Would it cost more than just buying a Kindle without Special Offers?
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4answers
8k views

Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?

The EPUB3 format is the "next generation" for the widely-used EPUB format. (the differences between this and EPUB2 are described in this question). Which devices today support EPUB3? Where can I find ...
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2answers
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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?
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1answer
1k views

Converting RTL epub to mobi

I have a Hebrew ebook in epub format; I would like to convert it to mobi, since I read exclusively on my Kindle. Hebrew reads right-to-left. Kindle supports Hebrew ebooks (I have often used ...
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4answers
8k views

How can I put footnotes in an ebook?

I am currently formatting a manuscript into ebook formats (epub and mobi). My manuscript contains many footnotes, and I don't know how to handle them. It's important for me that these be footnotes ...
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9answers
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How to create clickable table of contents in a PDF?

I have many technical PDF ebooks where there are no chapters (no clickable table of contents or other means for quick navigation through a document) and therefore it's really painful to search for ...
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4answers
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How well is SVG (being a “pixel image” alternative) supported?

I didn't mention it in my previous question because it's an image format made of vectors, but would SVG provide a usable alternative for non-pixel images like illustrations? If, how well is SVG ...
12
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1answer
163 views

Is there a standardized or recommended image format, size, and resolution when embedding images?

I would like to embed images into my ebook, but I could not find any general references that describe "best practices" related to image format, size and resolution. Are there any standardized or ...
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4answers
912 views

Does a “one-fits-all” file format exist or should I offer multiple ebook formats?

I want to publish my first e-book, but the multitude of available file formats (PDF, ePUB, MOBI, TXT, etc.) is a bit overwhelming. As a result, I am not really sure which format (if any) would be able ...
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1answer
164 views

What page size maximizes readability across common ebook readers?

Suppose that I have to create a PDF ebook (meaning no automatic word reflow, etc). What page size (width by height) maximizes readability across common e-readers and mobile devices? Context: I ...
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1answer
4k views

How can I reset the reading speed data on a Kindle?

I'd like to test the theory that the Kindle Touch/Paperwhite ignores long pauses between page reads when learning your reading speed for a particular book. But experimenting is complicated by having ...
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2answers
84 views

Why are ebooks priced lower than their physical counterparts? [closed]

Was this some sort of marketing gimmick that companies employed to familiarize and promote ebooks to people? Or are there other factors that result in this pricing?
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1answer
103 views

Are there technical advantages of one common format over another?

Different e-reader devices support different ebook formats. The main two seem to be ePub and MOBI. I'm wondering why we have two commonly-used formats. Do they have different technical advantages, ...
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2answers
2k views

What triggers the “adult” designation on Amazon Kindle books (romance genre)?

I do software development for an ebook publisher specializing in Romance novels. One thing we encounter from time to time is that a book gets classified by Amazon as "adult". That effectively removes ...
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1answer
763 views

How do I create a simple e-book with MobiPocket Creator on Windows?

I realize that a lot of e-book authors use conversion tools to produce .mobi files for e-book readers. But I would like to directly produce native .mobi files. After some searching, it appears that ...
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8answers
6k views

Is Markdown a viable source format for writing ebooks?

I've for some time enjoyed using Markdown to handle straightforward text formatting, image presentation and the like, which I use for keeping notes, or drafting blog content. I'm aware that different ...
6
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1answer
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Is the Triton eInk display a viable option for future ereaders?

The new Triton display by eInk Technologies allows eInk screens to display color. This would be very useful for features like images and highlighting. Is it a viable option for mainstream ereader ...
29
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2answers
21k views

What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3?

What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3? Which is most popular?
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3answers
19k views

How to discover/work around a limited number of devices for Kindle ebooks?

After reading Nathan's answer to this question, I was surprised that there was a limit on the number of devices you can download book to. I'm assuming this is controlled by Amazon but I would like to ...
17
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3answers
194 views

What rights do I have to eBooks I purchase in the U.S.A. as a U.S. citizen?

Is there a government or industry site or document that specifies eBook rights? Examples of what I'd like to know include: Can I duplicate the book onto multiple devices I own? Can I duplicate the ...
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1answer
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How do I get my sideloaded books to appear in the Books section?

I have some DRM-free books that I purchased before acquiring my Kindle Fire. When I sideload them on to the device, they end up under the Documents menu instead of in with the other books. How can ...
11
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1answer
4k views

How to sync my Kindle with my Kindle library without using WiFi?

This is a question that plagued me a while ago when my wireless router refused to work correctly with my Kindle Touch (3G edition). I had a document that I wanted to transfer to my Kindle as well as ...
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7answers
7k views

Is there any software that facilitates scanning of a paper book into an ebook?

I have some old sci-fi novels that are out of print and the rights owners are not creating them in ebook form. Is there any software that facilitates scanning and conversion of these paper books into ...
3
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1answer
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What settings are the most energy efficient on a Nook Color?

I have seen some touch screen readers that have a gray on black background scheme that helps to reduce the power consumption and increase battery life. But those settings do not really exist on the ...
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2answers
768 views

Is it possible to send a book purchased from Amazon to all of my devices at once?

When I purchase a book from the Kindle Store, it asks me which device I want it delivered to. I know I can send it to multiple devices by managing my library. Is there a setting to have every purchase ...
8
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2answers
308 views

Can books be transferred from Nooks to Kindles and back?

I'm currently using a Nook, but considering switching to Kindle hardware. Is there a simple way to keep books synced across devices, or at least to move purchased ebooks from one to the other?
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1answer
1k views

How to read text files on nook?

I can read text files directly on my Amazon Kindle, but apparently not on my Barnes/Noble Nook. Is there some setting/etc I can tweak to read text files on the Nook? Or do I just need to convert ...
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0answers
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How can I fix the loose back power button on my Nook Simple Touch? [closed]

I have two NSTs, one with a GlowLight and one without, and they both have loose (they move slightly in their spaces) buttons on the back. Is there any way I can make those buttons fit tighter?
5
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4answers
7k views

Transferring books between Kindles

If I buy a newer and more complete Kindle reader than the one I'm using at present, how can I move my books from one reader to the other?
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2answers
3k views

Will the ads on the Kindle with Special Offers affect my battery life?

I am deciding whether or not to buy a Kindle with "special offers" to save money, or without. I am wondering if these decrease the battery life and how significant the decrease is.
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1answer
223 views

Will I be able to read PDFs in Cyrillic on Kindle (classic)?

I have many PDF's in Russian, with embedded fonts. Will I be able to read them on my Kindle (classic) device?
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13answers
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Reading PDFs on Kindle device

I have many interesting books and documents in PDF format. Can I read PDFs on Kindle in comfortable way? My concern is, that PDFs are adapted to the print page size and Kindle screen is much smaller....
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4answers
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Extracting notes and highlighting from Kindle books

Is there a way to extract/export my notes and highlighted passages from books on a Kindle or in one of the Kindle reader apps? I primarily use the iOS apps and tend to mark up books heavily as I go, ...
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4answers
5k views

Clean up converted ebook

I have some ebooks which are converted from other formats to ePub. Some are ill-formatted: there are hard line breaks in words and orphaned page numbers between paragraphs. Example: How can I repair ...
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7answers
21k views

How do I convert a Word document into an ebook?

I downloaded a very important document in .docx format (Microsoft Office Word format). Is there a way to convert it to an ebook page by page to read on a Kindle?
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1answer
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My Nook Simple Touch screen is no longer responding to touch reliably. How can I fix it?

Over the course of several months, my Nook Simple Touch became less and less responsive to touch. It also became more and more sensitive to temperature conditions of my fingers and the environment. I ...
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2answers
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How do I easily convert and send PDFs to a Nook GlowLight or SimpleTouch's native format

Amazon makes it easy to convert PDFs and send to Kindle in the Kindle's native format. How to do this (simply!) on a Nook? I do know conversion is possible with tools such as Calibre but I was ...
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7answers
24k views

How can I convert an HTML site into an ebook?

I'd like to create a .mobi file from a website like the Python Tutorial, to read on my Kindle. Is it possible to do it on Ubuntu?
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1answer
17k views

How does the Kindle's reading rate algorithm work?

One of the Kindle Touch updates included a "Time-to-Read" feature. It seems to be based loosely on how fast I turn the page. I usually turn back to the cover when I start reading a new book and flip ...

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