Converted Sunward to ePub and mobi

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nielsk nielsk's picture
Converted Sunward to ePub and mobi
I spent some time by converting Sunward to an ePub and a mobi. What is missing: a cover -- have to look up again how to integrate a cover-picture. There are also the following parts missing from the Game Information-chapter which I won't add: New Morphs, New Traits, New Gear, one or two tables. All the art is missing - won't add that. Too much work and I care only about the text, when I am reading it on my Kindle :) There's a need of a better ToC - but that's some work…don't know if it is really necessary though and therefore I am not yet sure if I will add it. I tried to make it as good as possible. Because I only skimmed the books there might be some formatting-problems but most of them should be already ironed out. I used [URL=http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/]markdown[/URL] and [URL=http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/]pandoc[/URL] to create the file. After pandoc created the ePub, I corrected some stuff in the xhtml-files and recompressed it, for getting the final ePub. I did the conversion from ePub to Mobi with [URL=http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000234621]KindleGen... Here are the files: [URL=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/572315/sunward.epub]ePub[/URL] [URL=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/572315/sunward.mobi]Mobi[/URL] [URL=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/572315/sunward-source.zip]Source[/URL] (Markdown, css etc.)
nielsk nielsk's picture
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ePub doesn't work yet -- will fix it asap
nielsk nielsk's picture
Re: Converted Sunward to ePub and mobi
The ePub sorks now - just re-download from the link posted above. I messed up when creating the zip-archive. I compressed the folder with the files instead of the files themself and therefore it doesn't get recognized. But now there's also Metadata for the ePub :)
wint-R-mute wint-R-mute's picture
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hi, could you post a picture of the kindle displaying sunward? Playing with the idea of getting one myself.
nielsk nielsk's picture
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Well, it looks like every other eBook on the Kindle. http://skitch.com/nielsk/d7ypq/sunward-kindle
wint-R-mute wint-R-mute's picture
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Looks nice. Thanks. Let's see, how longer I can not buy one... While working on the lightweight version of the rulebook (http://www.eclipsephase.com/core-rulebook-lightweight-version), I created a epub version with a simple tool, that was never really tested, as far as I can tell (http://drop.io/eclipsephase/asset/eclipse-phase-chapters01-05-test-epub). Here is a mobi version of the epub file: http://drop.io/eclipsephase/asset/eclipsephase-conversiontest-mobi This is from very early on in the process, so there should only be the first five chapters. If the mobi file is ok like this, I would create a new conversion of the whole book (without the gear chapter).
nielsk nielsk's picture
Re: Converted Sunward to ePub and mobi
The ToC doesn't look good, the rest is "ok". But it seems that you are using only H1s and no H2 or H3 for example, no further formatting and page numbers are visible. This file needs some work. If you want to test how the book looks on the Kindle, Amazon publishes the Kindle Previewer which you can download for free herre http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000234621 Pretty useful tool for testing. How do you convert LaTeX to epub? I thought about using LaTeX but found that the pandoc/markdown-solution is more effective. Especially because you can convert markdown easily to HTML, LaTeX and so on. I just see that you can use LaTeX for pandoc as well as input-format. So maybe you want to use pandoc for converting the LaTeX to ePub and then convert it to mobi.