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Creating Ebooks for the Kindle

with Tony Harmer

Video: One file per chapter

Currently, the book we have here, is in one big long file from start to finish and we need to split that down, to make it easier for the device. So, we can do that in a couple of different ways. In fact, if I come down to the beginning of A Study in Scarlet, just here, and click just before that. I can then go to the Edit menu and choose Split at Cursor. You see that now generates a separate file, like so.
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  1. 3m 58s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 14s
  2. 8m 10s
    1. IDPF, AZW, and other formats
      1m 44s
    2. Why so many formats?
      1m 33s
    3. calibre and Sigil (where to get them and what they do)
      3m 17s
    4. Kindle Previewer
      1m 36s
  3. 5m 44s
    1. InDesign CS4 to CC
      2m 47s
    2. The Kindle Plugin for InDesign
      2m 57s
  4. 14m 50s
    1. From Word to EPUB
      4m 40s
    2. From Pages to EPUB
      2m 35s
    3. From plain text to EPUB
      4m 31s
    4. Adding images to plain-text conversions
      2m 11s
    5. From HTML or XHTML to EPUB
      53s
  5. 23m 28s
    1. What tools are out there?
      1m 22s
    2. KindleGen
      2m 7s
    3. What can Sigil do?
      2m 21s
    4. A tour of calibre
      4m 36s
    5. A brief XHTML primer
      7m 4s
    6. A brief CSS primer
      5m 58s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Adding a cover
      2m 36s
    2. Adding or editing metadata
      1m 54s
    3. One file per chapter
      3m 9s
    4. Renaming files
      3m 20s
    5. Building the table of contents
      4m 54s
    6. Adding or editing links
      5m 13s
    7. Loading a dictionary
      2m 8s
    8. Checking spelling
      1m 54s
    9. Validating your EPUB
      4m 6s
  7. 25m 55s
    1. Adding a cover
      1m 21s
    2. Adding or editing metadata
      2m 33s
    3. One file per chapter
      3m 43s
    4. Renaming files
      3m 16s
    5. Building the table of contents
      3m 12s
    6. Adding or editing links
      2m 49s
    7. Loading a dictionary
      1m 17s
    8. Checking spelling
      1m 17s
    9. Validating your EPUB
      6m 27s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Converting with calibre
      1m 58s
    2. Converting with KindleGen
      5m 29s
    3. Kindle Previewer
      5m 20s
    4. Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
      2m 37s
    5. Amazon's lending options
      1m 31s
    6. Looking inside
      1m 36s
    7. Forums
      1m 49s
  9. 1m 36s
    1. Where to go from here
      1m 36s

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Watch the Online Video Course Creating Ebooks for the Kindle
2h 13m Beginner Jun 23, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing ebook formats
  • Converting to EPUB from Word and Pages
  • Converting HTML/XHTML to EPUB
  • Adding a cover image
  • Editing metadata
  • Building a TOC
  • Adding and editing links
  • Publishing to Amazon
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Tony Harmer

One file per chapter

Currently, the book we have here, is in one big long file from start to finish and we need to split that down, to make it easier for the device. So, we can do that in a couple of different ways. In fact, if I come down to the beginning of A Study in Scarlet, just here, and click just before that. I can then go to the Edit menu and choose Split at Cursor. You see that now generates a separate file, like so.

I can also browse through the book and insert split markers. So, we go to the beginning of part one. Just here for example. I can go to the insert menu and choose split marker. It even has a shortcut. Notice that what that does is it puts a line there. I'm going to switch to the code view by clicking on the chevrons here and let's just have a look at what that actually does. If we come down to here, you can see it puts a horizontal rule HTML element in with the class schedule split marker.

So I'm actually going to copy that because that will come in really useful in just a moment. So I'll switch back to the book view like so. If I had worked my way thorough and put those split markers in, I could then go to the edit menu and choose split at markers from there and you see it does exactly that. So I'm just going to double click on this third file now to open this one up like so and I'm going to use find and replace to do the job for me.

The structure inside of this is predominantly made with H1 elements. If I switch over to code view, you'll see the h1 there for Part 1 and just a little way down, you see the h1 for part one, chapter one inside of there as well. So I'm going to bring in Find and Replace Command F or Control F, or if you wanted to go to the search menu at the top, you'll find find change in there. So what I'm going to ask this to do is I'm going to ask it to find the beginning of any page one tag.

Then I'm going to get it to replace it, this is where I'm going to paste in that HRClassSigil split marker, just there, and then I'm going to type the beginning of the H1 tag again, with a space on the end, just there. So that will replace the beginning of the H1 tag with this extra piece of markup. I need to do it just across this file so I'm going to choose the current file from the mode selectors which is there and it even highlights in a fantastic huge tool tip there where it's going to search like so and so I'm just going to check this.

I'm going to click find first. It finds the next instance which is just great and then I'm going to choose Replace All so just looking at that now, you can see that in any h1, there's an hr being placed before it. And so now I can go to the Edit menu and choose Split At Markers, and then it generates me all of the files I need. So if I just go into here like so it's just one place in it so I just close the fine change dialogue down at the very end here where this doesn't have H1's for the publication information so I'm just going to click there and then go edit, split, at cursor just to drop that across into its own file.

There you are. That's how we can split files apart, inside of Sigel.

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