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TL;DR; In order not to worry about the output, you have to be sure of the input and the translation process into an ebook. The input has to show you everything that is there and hide nothing, and the translation process must be deterministic. If you only need basic formatting and want it to be consistently converted, the best you can do is use a mark-up ...


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Epub Format Epub is actually a collection of files in ZIP format. You can create an epub without any specialize tool, for example taking a book's content from https://github.com/Gluejar/open_access_ebooks_ebook and running zip -Xr9D The_Velveteen_Rabbit.epub mimetype * -x .DS_Store Pandoc Pandoc is an easy to use command line tool to generate epubs, and a ...


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First, a note: I will not be considering PDFs in this answer, because I do not consider PDFs to be ebooks. There are a number of reasons for this, like lack of reflowability and end-user customization options, but the primary reason is that PDFs are not generally sold at sites that sell ebooks--you can't sell your PDFs through iBooks or the Kindle store or ...


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If you want to be guaranteed of the fewest possible number of file conversion headaches, xhtml is your best bet. The epub format is built on xhtml, and Amazon's KF8 format seems to follow suit--at any rate, when you create a KF8 file you start with an epub. Anything other than xhtml will mean that you have to convert from that format to xhtml, so if you want ...


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I think you should take a look at Sigil, a program for creating/editing epub-format ebooks. On the download page, there is an installer for Windows and an image for Mac. Sigil is open source and therefore free. You can input text from whatever you are using and edit either using a code editor or a WYSIWYG editor, which makes it pretty easy. The WYSIWYG ...


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ASCIIDoc is a nice compromise between bare bones (like markdown) and full featured (like tex). There are lots of examples online, but the basic idea is this: you write in plain text, using as-obvious-as-reasonable styles to indicate headers, italics, lists, etc. then you can export that format to PDF, HTML, EPUB, etc. A quick example to get you started: ...


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Note that companies controlling both the devices/apps and the store (e.g., Amazon or Kobo) perform analytics routinely, exactly because they can gather info from the reading system (app or device firmware). They even share their findings with the publishers (to make them "optimize" their eBooks, so that they can sell more) EDIT: see "/data lessons/", ...


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If you are just interested in basic formatting, markdown is by far the simplest choice. You may write your text on any platform, and then converting it.


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I found my answer. Several things were being done incorrectly. First, ScribeNet's conversion process likes to close non-linking anchor tags with a /> instead of </a>. E-books read this with no problem, but the basic HTML gets squirrely and starts thinking there has been an interruption in the numbering of the list. Thus, any page breaks that ...


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Amazon has over 2.8 million ebooks, including nearly all public domain books. See the left hand column, which provides an update to date count of ebooks available: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=lp_154606011_ex_n_1?rh=n%3A133140011&bbn=133140011&ie=UTF8&qid=1410374478 This 2.8 million books makes things like Project Gutenberg statistically ...


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First, it's important to keep in mind that css support on ebooks significantly lags behind css support on the major browsers. EPUB only supports a subset of css. Among the many challenges of producing ebooks is that if you test the html first in browsers (as I do), the ebook reading system won't necessarily render it the same. There used to be a matrix ...


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There are a lot of people out there who sell .pdf. Well, Kindle takes it.


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Obviously the other format is pdf. Two other questions you should decide: do you want to have the files encrypted? And do you want to invest in a shopping cart/digital sales solution. It sounds like a simple task, but it has a cost in terms of fees and time. Also, less savvy consumers are reluctant to buy from indie vendors. My experience as an indie ...


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As far i know most popular are epub and Azw3(kindle format). I think that you can add one more format "Mobi". This also works in kindle. I think these are enough


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No it is a valid file if there are several chapters in one file. You can even have the whole book as one HTML file. The epub spec says Each Rendition of an EPUB Publication contains one or more EPUB Content Documents Book marks can be made to a point in the file so don't need separate files. Readers have a limit to the size of the HTML file and I think ...


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If you are on a Windows platform, the quickest way is to use Abiword. You can open your text (or .doc or .rtf or .odf) in Abiword. Then File==Save As==.epub. No intermediate files are necessary. I understand Apple's Pages has the same capability. Abiword for Mac OS has not been updated in ages and does not have this capability. Other word processors ...


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