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Book Creation Tutorials
#1  HarryT 04-08-2007, 09:31 AM
I've created this thread for people to post tutorials on how to create eBooks for the Sony Reader.

To start things off, attached is a detailed illustrated tutorial (as a Microsoft Word document) showing how I create Reader e-Books from "Project Gutenberg" files, using "Book Designer". I hope that people find this useful. This is the exact process that I use to create all the books I've posted in this forum.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or suggestions for improvements.

EDIT: 24th Jun 07

Uploaded v1.1 of the tutorial, which is rather more generic, and stresses that the techniques described can be used to produce a book in any format supported by Book Designer, not just Sony Reader books.
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#2  HarryT 08-07-2007, 05:16 AM
Having now bought an Iliad, I've started seriously exploring creating MobiPocket format eBooks. Using BD I've encountered a couple of problems:

1. No table of contents - I believe that's a shortcoming of BD. That means, though, that if you do create an MP book using BD, it's vital to create a manual TOC (or use the "Insert TOC" menu command) because otherwise the user will have no way of navigating the book.

2. Illustrations in the books come out VERY small and checking or clearing the "Keep Pictures Sizes" box on the "Make Book" dialog appears to make no difference at all. What should be a full-page illustration comes out as perhaps a 2" square picture.

Does anyone know of a way of getting full-sized pictures in a MobiPocket book using BD?
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#3  JSWolf 08-07-2007, 07:57 AM
I just played with MobiPocket book creation and I've noticed that the graphics don't work very well. if I have keep graphics sizes (or whatever it is) then I get a small cover and if I uncheck it, the cover is even smaller. I guess it's something you'll just have to put up with.
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#4  HarryT 08-07-2007, 08:01 AM
I suspect that the graphics are being sized to the resolution of the Palm/Pocket PC screen that BD "thinks" the file is being created for, so I'm finishing up with a 320x240 (or whatever) graphic even through I'm viewing it on a 1024x768 screen .

Strangly, though, it doesn't seem to be a "universal" problem. The "full screen" illustrations I've converted have gone really, really small, but the much smaller graphics in the "Dancing Men" story in the Sherlock Holmes omnibus have come out OK.
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#5  JSWolf 08-07-2007, 08:04 AM
I think it's time to ask vvv to add iLiad to the list of devices in the MobiPocket creation screen so BD can format properly for it. The ILiad support seems to be for PDF in BD.
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#6  HarryT 08-07-2007, 08:06 AM
I've already sent him a PM .
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#7  wallcraft 08-07-2007, 10:52 AM
The mobipocket image support includes the option to have three sizes (losrc, src and hisrc), see Image support and display. I'm not sure which the iLiad will display when there is a choice. Most books I have tried don't seem to include multiple sizes, and tend to have rather small images. If large images are included, adding a small alternative image would not increase the file size much and would aid readability on low res devices.
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#8  astra 11-02-2007, 12:15 PM
So, how do you create mobipocket books in BD?

Do you choose Make eBooks -> Palm/PocketPC option?

Have you solved problem with inserting pictures?

What type of device do you choose in the option device?
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#9  HarryT 11-02-2007, 03:31 PM
Use the "Palm" option. Set the format to "MobiPocket" and the device to anything except "Palm B&W". All the other three device options are the same, and give you colour pictures in the resulting file, which is nice if you're using the desktop reader.

One thing to note with Mobi books is that you need to insert MANUAL pagebreaks at the start of chapters - you don't get them automatically as you do with the Sony Reader option.
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#10  astra 11-07-2007, 06:51 AM
Is there a Mobipocket emulator what I can install on my PC to have any idea of how my mobipocket book is going to behave/looks like on the iLiad?

Just out of curiosity, if I had cybook gen3 would I have to re-edit mobipocket books created for the iLiad and vice versa?
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