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Any Difference in ebook file size between source type

Grant Loyd Does the source make a difference as to eventual ebook file size?  In other words, what source method is best to use to minimize file size...such as various HTML editors, Word 2000, etc.  I will have a long book and want to write it in source format that will end up being the smallest size.  thanks. grant

Posted on: 9:57 pm on February 3, 2002
EBookCompiler Yes definitely it makes a difference

The bigger the HTML and graphics in the original, generally the bigger the book.

For graphics.  
- use JPEG for photographs.  Make them the EXACT size in pixels they come out in the final ebook version.  If you have  a paint program try varying the save options to adjust the compression.  It is a compromise between quality and file size.  However you may not be able to tell the difference between high quality (say 70 in JPEG speak) and super high quality (say 90+), so you can compromise with no visible effects

For cartoons, computer graphics, etc.  Use GIF images  If you have a paint program, fill in any odd stray pixels (e.g. clean up scanned images).  Think large blocks of sold color.  Sort of like a cartoon.  This makes a big difference

For HTML, the most efficient code is hand edited HTML.  However this might be impractical

When you use an HTML editor, they tend to generate very inefficient HTML code.  For example bold-on, bold-off, italic-on, italic-off with no text between.  This extra makes no visible difference, but inflates the size of your files.

Either you can edit this stuff out manually (hardwork)  or you can use an "HTML compressor" on your files (use it on a copy) to strip out unnecessary tags. Then compile.  You should be able to find something like this at shareware sites like webattack.com

In my experience. Word generates quite inefficient HTML codes, and most purpose made HTML editors are much better at generating efficient HTML codes.

If you know HTML coding, then you can fix some of Word's inefficiencies manually after the files come out of Word.

Another idea, if you are using Activ E-Book Compiler, then you can use the include feature to avoid repeating things like menus, etc. on every page (assuming they occur on every page). Again this can save space.

See this thread (make sure you copy whole URL including topic=88)


Posted on: 11:08 pm on February 4, 2002
Chris Pye Hello,
I just logged in with this very question in mind.

I have been shocked how the same simple web page is a short paragraph of html when I do it, but turns into pages and pages of code when Word has a go!

Are they all like this?
Does anyone use anything else? What about DreamWeaver - which I have heard of but not used?

I have quite a few eBooks to write and formatting a tight html page - with the graphics 'just so' etc, nudging with 'empty.gif's - does take a long time,  and so I was thinking about something quicker.
But what I hear you saying Sunil is that basic html is best every time - yes?
So - given that I can handle html -  I'd be better off not wasting time searching for a magic wand, and get myself set up with html page templates?
(By the way, I use NoteTab - excellent programme if anyone is interested!)

Posted on: 5:22 pm on June 1, 2002
dreuby I use Note Tab for quick changes, and 1st Page 2000 from evrsoft.com for the bulk of my editing.

I also run my pages through an html checker (I use CSE Lite) - that picks up any extra tags, etc. 1st Page has a built in checker, but I don't like it as much as CSE.

Posted on: 10:49 pm on June 2, 2002

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