I deal with all the file creation. I could farm it out, but I am really nervous about someone else in fiddling... rofl... so, yeah, my normally non-existent OCD kicks in.
Following a chat yesterday with a couple authors, and a few emails I have received I thought today's post could be about Calibre.
Calibre is this awesome piece of FREE software that I use to create my Mobi, epub and pdf files. You can find it here: http://calibre-ebook.com/
Calibre is a powerful tool which you can use to sort out your ebooks and I know there are a few of my readers who use it to tag and group books on their Kindles. I don't, I just use it for file creation and management.
There are a few steps to getting the word file you need to use in Calibre.
Note - this is the way I use it, that doesn't mean it is the most effective way, or even the correct way, it's just the way it works for me.
Important things about the word file:
- Use H1 code for chapter headings, and other headings such as *about RJ* or *Copyright* (This feeds the table of contents that Calibre creates for you)
- Be as simple as possible with fonts and sizes (I use Book Antiqua 12 for my main text)
- Save it as a filtered HTML file - Web Page, Filtered (htm, html)
Using Calibre is trial and error and you need to spend some time playing, and also checking your resulting files in a kindle app, and an epub app, and making sure the PDF looks ok... There are plenty of places to get support in how to use the software including the help screens inside Calibre.