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Book Creation Tutorials
#1  HarryT 04-08-2007, 08:31 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  yvanleterrible 04-08-2007, 09:35 AM
That is a great idea Harry!
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#3  JSWolf 04-08-2007, 10:24 AM
Book Designer converts emdashes (—) and -- to just a single dash. What I have been doing is converting emdashes and -- to @@. Then once inside book designer, I can convert @@ to — (emdash) correctly.

One other note, becuase of the poor italic handling by the Sony Reader, if there are any symbols or 's type things right after the italics, I italicize them too. Otherwise, you get something like Bob 's house. My way you do get Bob's House. Granted there is a little bit of extra space right after an italic. I hope Sony will eventually fix this.

But overall, I do like the tutorial document. I think it is a great idea.
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#4  NatCh 04-08-2007, 02:18 PM
Quote JSWolf
Book Designer converts emdashes (—) and -- to just a single dash. What I have been doing is converting emdashes and -- to @@. Then once inside book designer, I can convert @@ to — (emdash) correctly.
Anybody got a notion how to stop DB from replacing these in the first place? (I hope, I hope, I hope)
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#5  JSWolf 04-08-2007, 05:02 PM
Quote NatCh
Anybody got a notion how to stop DB from replacing these in the first place? (I hope, I hope, I hope)
I did fine one way to get it to work. But the resulting mess was not worth it. What I did was in the settings, I unchecked keep original format and re-format completely and it imported with some really go awful styles that I could not edit. So what I do is go into Word, message the text, replace -- or — with @@ and then when the RTF comes in, I can fix the @@ to — and all is well.

Does anyone know how to fix the issues with italics?
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#6  dhbailey 04-09-2007, 09:32 AM
HarryT, thank you very much for that very well-written tutorial. I haven't tried it yet to see whether I understand everything, but it is a very nice gesture on your part to give us a starting point to work from.

I have opened Book Designer a few times, only to close it when I realized I didn't have enough time to do more than dabble.

With your tutorial I feel better equipped to tackle a project now.

Thank you!
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#7  dstampe 04-09-2007, 05:52 PM
The italics issue brings up boldface, which I can't get to work. I can make text boldface in the edit mode. but it's not boldface in reader mode or in the LRF output. Is there any way to handle boldface? What about underlining and other sty;es? I've considered replacing bold with underline in the text, but this would be a lot of work.
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#8  HarryT 04-10-2007, 02:40 AM
Underlining works on the Reader (although it's not very prominent), but bold doesn't seem to. It shows up as bold in BD, but has no effect on the Reader.
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#9  dstampe 04-10-2007, 08:16 AM
I guess another try at getting legibile low-vision fonts bites the dust... LRF and BD not supporting boldface or left justification or proper underlining really is dissappointing. The embedded fonts did work better than expected (at least on a 500-page document with all text in the same font), and I found the longer page turn time anageable. But there are some books that need boldface on a word-by-word basis.

And using large fonts with full justification and no hyphenation produces horrible results. I don't supposed BD and LRF support adaptive hyphenation?

Looks more and more like I'll have to surrender and create a flash image with more readable fonts and standardize on RTF. Or attempt to use bitmaps images instead.
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#10  JSWolf 04-10-2007, 09:54 AM
When you go to make a Sony Reader (lrf) file, the requestor that pops up has three tabs. One of them is Styles. You'll see that the default setting for Paragraph is bold. That's why bold is not working. You cannot double bold. What you need do is change bold in the paragraph style to normal and then bold will work as you want it to. That is the worst default setting in Book Designer.
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