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Page setup, dividing/numbering

SandiB I use 1st Page (Evrsoft) for the HTML pages, however, it does not indicate the break off point for a normal page length.  How can I determine what page something appears on so I can reference it in the Table of Contents?   Anyone know a work around for this deficiency in 1st Page?  Thanks!

Posted on: 10:58 pm on April 12, 2002
EBookCompiler I am not familiar with this particular program so I apologize if my answer is vague

In HTML you make an HTML file contain text, etc.  Sometimes people call this an HTML page, a web page, or an HTML document.

The actual lenght of this HTML file on the screen can vary.  If it is bigger than one screen, then a scrollbar apears automatically when you view it.  When you print an HTML file it may come out on the printer as one page or multiple pages in hardcopy.  There is no way in HTML to fully control this, as HTML doesn't specify paper size etc. exactly.

Now in an ebook one "ebook page" is one of these HTML files.  In  other words the length of the "page" when printed may be 1 page, or may be many.

Anyway the point I'm getting to is when you create your e-book is probably not helpful to worry too much about getting it typographically exactly right.  What I would suggest is to make an individual HTML file for each logical topic.  A logical topic could be a chapter, section, part of a chapter in your ebook etc.

I hope this sort of makes sense, and helps

Posted on: 4:24 am on April 13, 2002
dreuby I use 1st Page for my ebooks as well as my web sites.

The best way is to forget page numbers, and simply create your ebook as you would a web site - if there's too much on a page, split it into two (or more) pages. Each html page will represent a chapter of your book.

I don't use page numbers for my TOC - I just make each page in the list a clickable link, and rather than chapter numbers I use a name, if necessary followed by a slightly longer non-clickable description. For example:

Starting your ebook - using Activ E-book

This saves making lots of changes if you want to re-arrange the order of things.

This method works OK with a non-fiction book.

Posted on: 9:17 pm on April 13, 2002
SandiB Thanks for the replies.  Both are helpful but in different ways.  


Posted on: 6:30 am on April 14, 2002
EbookHeaven Hi Sandra,

The page numbering issue was one I struggled with when I first began creating ebooks. I never did find a perfect answer.

I sell fiction, so a huge "scrolling" HTML page isn't very satisfactory. Many ebook compilers use plain HTML "web type" pages as their source files and simple "wrap" an interface around them that look similar to your Internet browser. These compilers usually create ebooks with an Exe extension.

The best way to use these HTML compilers is to break your book up into chapters or sections and link them together. A TOC (table of contents) will simplify navigation no end. These compilers are best used (IMHO) for non-fiction.

If you write fiction as I do, you would be better advised to use something like Readerworks Publisher or Mobi-pocket to create Lit files for MS Reader. I also use Mobi to create Prc files for handhelds. PDF is still on offer at my website for those people who still buy books and then print them out--surprisingly, there are still people who do this.

(Edited by EbookHeaven at 9:48 pm on April 15, 2002)

Posted on: 3:15 pm on April 15, 2002

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