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Need to convert an ebook into a Kindle-ready format? No matter what your file's origin—InDesign, Word, Pages, or even a plain text editor—Tony Harmer will show you how to crack it open and convert it to a Kindle-compatible format with your choice of free tools: Sigil, calibre, and KindleGen. Learn about the range of ebook formats and editing tools, get a short primer on HTML and CSS, and see how to build out ebook features like tables of contents, links, and metadata. When you're done creating your ebook, Tony will show how to upload it to Amazon's Kindle Store.
Adding or editing even really detailed metadata is fairly simple inside of Sigil. To access the metadata for your file, you come across this eye icon on the top here, and click. That will open up and then you can start to work through the fields here. So, of course, the title of this particular work is A Study in Scarlet. So then, if I tab through to the author field, where I can type Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm going to go the File As field, and of course, this needs to be noted in reverse.
So, sort of, Conan Doyle, then a comma, Arthur. Just there. The language is English. Choose from any of the language there if that were appropriate. Then I've already got some data in this modification field here. This date field. And I'm just going to remove that like so. Now I can add some basic metadata from here. And these are the different categories I might choose. So if I have an ISBN number for example, I can click on this, and so on.
You'll see that as I click through these, I get a brief explanation underneath of where they would be relevant. So I'm just going to come down to Type, just here, the nature or genre or content of the resource. I'm going to click OK. And then in the value field, I'm going to type fiction, comma, literature, just there. I want to add some role information, so I'm going to click Role here. And there are several different roles associated with this, so I happen to be the book designer and the book producer here.
Of course, you happen to be if you're working along with this, a book designer. And in the value, I am going to pop my name just inside of there, and in the role type I'm going to leave that as contributor. In File As I opt to put my name there in reverse notation like Tony, just there, I will add one more and the row and the cover designer also for my sense. So if I just go to cover designer, just there.
I'm going to have my name in this particular instance. And in File As, I'm also reverse notate that, like so. Once I've done that, click OK. And that's how easy it is to edit or add metadata in Sigil.
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