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Dolaorn I've been trying to create a ebook, and I read through a good portion of this forum but I'm still having issues, though I think it's just because I'm not very familiar with html, but converting word to html does it require me to actually write it in html or what? sorry if this sounds stupid.

Posted on: 11:52 pm on October 15, 2006
Storyman Hi Dolaorn,

Welcome to the forum...and there are no dumb question. We all have to start somewhere.

Open a Word document that is a page or two long. Select File->Save As. In the drop down list in File Type select HTML. Now click save.

That's it. You have converted your .DOC to HTML.

If that works for you, great. If you want to change the appearance do a search for "tutorial html beginner" (without the quotes) and you should find a heap of tutorials that should help you get started.

Hope that helps.

Posted on: 3:12 am on October 16, 2006
kellso Hi, Had similar question, but you answered. So if I get this, right, put all documents in Word first and then save in html for the web. In terms of appearance, how much if any does the advanced features of activ,change the appearance. Trying to avoid the html. Can the appearance be adjusted using styles in Word? Is there a way to preview the entire book, once compiled? I know I know, lots of "beginers Questions"

Posted on: 2:18 pm on April 10, 2007
Storyman Hi Kellso,

It is easy to understand the desire for a magical thingamajig were you put Word Documents in and a polished ebook comes out. As you go through the process of creating and selling ebooks you'll soon find that such a thingamajig has a hidden cost.

Among the hidden cost is the more that is done for you the larger the file size of the ebook. You might be thinking 'big deal, who cares?' Both you and the customer should care. The customer because a larger file translates into a longer download time. Remember despite the popularity of DSL and Cable ISP connections the majority of user in the US are still on dialup.

The larger file size also means the more bandwidth that is used for download. If you plan to sell just a dozen or so copies it might mean nothing to you in the end. If, on the other hand, your marketing plan includes viral marketing (where you encourage the user to download the ebook before they buy) you could be looking at a fair amount of bandwidth.

Is it essential that you learn HTML? It isn't. Is it to your benefit? Absolutely.

As for the preview of the question. I'm taking it to mean if 'you' can preview your ebook. That's as easy as clicking on the pre-flight icon on the toolbar. That's the icon that looks like an airplane.

A lot of what you NEED to know is in the help section. I'd recommend that you spend a little time going over the basics. It may very well stimulate your creative juices and get you thinking about features you can include in your ebook.

(Edited by Storyman at 3:57 pm on April 10, 2007)

Posted on: 11:54 pm on April 10, 2007

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