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Why is Hard copy book black and white, but Ebook is color?

Obviously cost is the major concern, but often the importance of having color graphics in a printed book is overrated. For example, I have published a few print technical books with lots of ...
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How do I make the images larger for Paperwhite?

I can only speak generally about how images are converted in Kindle. I have not used MS Word to do it (I make my ebooks in HTML), but I have lots of insights about images in kindle and have done a lot ...
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

Pandoc is your friend here. Pandoc can take your input file (LaTeX, markdown, other) and transform it to PDF, EPUB, HTML (and many more). Pandoc is cross-platform and free under the GPL, although ...
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

I say this as something who doesn't normally use the product, but Adobe InDesign allows for an easy export into PDF and epub. I don't know about formatting code blocks though. Adobe ID has a monthly ...
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

If you don't want the hassle of setting up the full LaTeX stack, as needed with the, in this respect, unfriendly pandoc, you can have a look at reStructured text and Sphinx. For these tools exists to ...
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Alternative to Kobo to solve line wrapping problem

I also own a Kobo ereader. From what I can see, the rather messy output that you get is probably caused by a badly formatted ebook file, being it .pdf or .epub. It is just a supposition, but I really ...
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Tricky Conversion

I do ebook conversions regularly. I can't answer every point in your question, but I can give you some general strategies. First, the Amazon mobi format is hard and tricky to make a good ebook for. ...
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Publishing in serveral formats: what CSS code to use?

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 ...
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How to self generate a Kindle ebook with Enhanced Typesetting so that I can left align the text?

I managed to have my left-aligned book inside my Kindle, but I warn you that was way harder than I thought. You must convert your book to the Amazon proprietary and undocumented format, KFX. This ...
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Is there a way to turn off hyphenation for a .kcb file?

One of the following web posts indicate the CSS code works for ePub2, EPUB3, and Kindle. CSS hack: body { widows: 1; orphans: 1; margin-top: 0; margin-right: 0; margin-bottom: 0; margin-...
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How to wrap long lines inside 'pre code' environments, for Kobo

I found the correct CSS to include, which is dependent from the way pandoc produces the html: <style>pre > code.sourceCode { white-space: pre-wrap !important; }</style>
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Alternate covers for different devices and software

Generally the answer is no. You are defining only one cover in your source -- but you can easily test how it renders in both color and greyscale. So it should be high contrast and not so much color-...
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how does kindle ownership work?

First, try to ask one question at a time. Sometimes it takes a while just to ask one question :) Kindle has an option for lending the ebook to another user. You can lend the ebook exactly once for a ...
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Can Kindle books handle side-by-side texts?

You might try using a two-column per page method for translation, where column A has your source text and column B has your target text. With this method the source and target paragraphs can easily ...
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How to avoid "orphaned" paragraph breaks in Scrivener?

This is a consequence of ebooks being reflowable; to all practical purposes, it's unavoidable, and it has nothing to do with Scrivener. There is theoretically CSS support for eliminating both widows (...
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Are soft hyphens supported by epub devices?

I don't have definitive information here. But a google search reveals that Kindle has improved their support for soft-hyphens recently. But mostly this is done within the reading system. https://...
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What formats do people sell on their website?

There are a lot of people out there who sell .pdf. Well, Kindle takes it.
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What formats do people sell on their website?

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 ...
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What formats do people sell on their website?

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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Can I expect one chapter per html file in an Epub?

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 ...
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

Some time ago I created a GitHub repository of eBook Writing Resources. Specifically, this is the current list (as of the time of writing this answer - visit the link above for an up-to-date list as ...
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Calibre - keep personal folder format

Calibre doesn't look at the directory structure nor at the name of a file to determine the name of a book it imports. It tries to extract that information from the metadata that if finds in the file. ...
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How do you make paragraphs break in iBooks or Nook?

It seems that the first thing you need to do is to start learning HTML. I'm thinking it has something to do with how the paragraphs are set up in the html." In your example, you do not use ...
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