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Old 09-13-2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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want to create ePub documents

I've tried all sorts of tools and tricks to convert my LibreOffice and PDF documents into an ePub document without success. Can anyone help me sort this out?

In every case the styles and other aspects of document formatting are always a mess. Images wind up in the wrong places at the wrong sizes. The table of contents does not work in any interactive way. Other hyperlinks are broken. In other words, the ePub is junk.

I've tried all sorts of book readers.
I've tried to use Calibre to manipulate the books in various ways.
Clearly there is something about ePub that I don't understand.

Thanks in advance,
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Have you tried using the Writer2ePub extension in LibreOffice?
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I have writer2epub installed and I have troubles with its results. While it does create an ePub container, the styles and formatting and image processing are all wrong from what I have in my original writer manuscript.

When using writer2epub:
1. Am I missing configuration or other details about how to accomplish the conversion?
2. Must I use specific styles and headings and such?
3. Are there other aspects of the document content and formatting that must be "just so" before writer2epub works correctly?

I have similar complaints -- troubles -- with Calibre's conversions from writer into ePub.
What am I missing with all of this?

Thanks in advance,
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I use Calibre all the time for converting pdf's to epubs. Some pdf's convert brilliantly. Others not so great. It seems to depend on the source pdf and things like different fonts in the same paragraph, footnotes, headers and footers, etc. Maybe if you were a bit more explicit in what your problems are, then solutions could be found.
Old 09-15-2011, 10:36 AM   #5
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I don't have permission to share the specific doc with troubles. I'll need to create
a failing sample. For now, see if this explains my grief well enough.

I have a document that I created with LibreOffice Writer: cover art, table of contents with hyper links, pages with heading-1 thru heading-3 content, a couple of side-bar frames,
a couple of fonts, a couple of clip art.

Printing the document looks just like I want.

Export to PDF or print to file making PDF create exactly the file that I want.
Whatever L-O-Writer does to make PDF and whatever print-to-file does to make PDF
is what I use.

When I try writer2epub, the heading-x text comes out centered with too much whitespace
above and below and in fonts other than what I want. The side bar frames vanish.
The clip are comes out very large and centered on the page with text above and below.
(In the original, the clip art was small and left or right of wrapped text.

THIS JUST IN -- I read something about L-O-Writer and XHTML failing to play well together.
This could easily foul up an ePub document. Now I cannot find the reference...

I know that and epub document is a container built from several parts -- make a folder,
fill with parts, make a container from the parts. Where do I find a cook-book description
of the parts and the container? (When I web search for "epub" and "specification" I get
flooded with links for all sorts of specs in epub format rather than the spec for epub itself. I don't know enough to know how to ask the right questions.)

For writer2epub, are the "templates" used by the generator stored somewhere that I might
tinker seeking my own flavor of results?

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan


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