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Converting source files to ebooks – the basics

First, check the advice about preparing your source document

How to convert files to ebooks

Introduction:

Choosing the conversion software

A common conversion path is to use Calibre and then edit the files using Sigil. Open Office can handle an excellent array of file types and has the benefit of being a cloud-based piece of software.

Once you have converted your file:

  • Check the metadata. All ebook converter software lets you add and edit some metadata. If you have prepared your source file properly much of the metadata in place. Make this the first to-do item as many of the files will take their lead from the metadata when it comes to assigning names to the files that make up your ebook.
    • Many conversion packages will search the web for metadata. If the book has been published, just enter the print book ISBN. The software will search the various database and let you pick the data-set that is most complete.
    • TIP: If you plan to provide new ISBNs for your ebooks you can change this once the matching metadata has been loaded. You should not use the print isbn for the ebook but it is is good way to access existing metadata!
  • You can add a cover image. The image should be JPG, PNG or GIF (600x750 pixels).
  • Create a Table of Contents. If the document is imported from html, it may already have heading tags (eg <h2> ) and the table of contents wizard will use these.

Outputting your ebook: Once all the files have been converted they will be packed into a 'container'.

 

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