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How to use Calibre

Calibre - How to Install and use it.

Calibre – How to Install and use it.

- How to use Calibre –

Calibre turns your manuscript into an ebook. One of the best free ebook management software you can use.

Calibre – What is Calibre? And how to install it?
You may or may not of come across this amazing piece of ebook management software. It can seem completely bewildering to the novice but it is a very powerful tool in helping you make an ebook. It helps you publish your ebook and helps you convert an ebook to Kindle or to any other ebook format of your choice simply from a drop down menu.

I believe Calibre is going to become more important now more than ever as Kobo is going to allow writers to upload their own ebooks to their platform rather than submit a Doc file that Smashwords demands.

Let me explain first what Calibre is and does.

Calibre will take your manuscript either as a Doc file or as a HTML prepared manuscript. If you want to know more about that, then please look at my other tutorials on how to add HTML and what HTML code you need to add to your manuscript to make it work on every ereader without any errors.

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How to publish an ebook on Amazon

How to publish your manuscript on Amazon is very easy and quick.

This is  a tutorial on uploading your manuscript to Amazon.

I know this is jumping the queue a little as I haven’t post the Calibre tutorial yet! But as my friend L. Lee Scott was ready to upload her new ebook Storm Borne, I asked her if I could do it for her and record the images as I went along. She happily agreed and so here is the result of that upload.

NOTE:

This tutorial will be using a finished manuscript that has been converted from HTML to MOBI, which is Amazon’s Kindle format. If you want to see how to add HTML to your manuscript, then head over to my How To Make An Ebook series.

Let’s get started. First you need to create an account with Amazon to upload your ebook. Click this link Amazon KDP Select to create an account. It will open a new window.

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Inspiring Blog Award

Inspiration

Hello. Another surprise and a welcome one. Someone nominated and awarded me the Inspiring Blog Award, which gives me a pretty good feeling to know that there is at least someone that likes what I do.

I want to thanks the person who nominated me, Allan Krummenacker. Thanks so much for this. I’ve never had much luck with competitions but my luck seems to be changing with my blog.

I need to write seven thing about myself.

1. I have a PADI license to dive

2. After being taught as a First Aid by St. Johns Ambulance, I had to use the knowledge for real on an individual who was losing a lot of blood. After the ambulance turned up they congratulated me on performing first aid and saving the man’s life. I have to personally thank St. John’s Ambulance for what they taught me.

3. At 14 I would sell football brochures for Blackpool FC so I could get in and watch them for free. It was a riot. Especially if they lost!

4. I was born in March so I am Pisces.

5. I was 26 when I spent a year in Australia back packing.

6. I love listening to Brian Tracy and read anything about the sub-conscious mind.

7. I’m a big Def Leppard fan!

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Kobo Writing Life nearly here

Kobo gives more options to e-publishers

Hello and what a sunny day it is, well soon will be for all indie publishers as there is going to be a new kid on the block.

Kobo who has been making inroads within the ebook industry is rolling out their own self publishing system and should be fully operational by the end of June 2012.

Here is what Kobo say on their website.

Kobo Writing Life is where it all begins

Do you have a story to tell? Are you an author with a bestseller just waiting to be discovered? Want to reach out to millions of readers in over 170 countries? Do you own the digital rights to your work?

Then have we got the tool for you. Kobo Writing Life is the one-stop, do-it-yourself publishing portal.

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Nominated and awarded Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello everyone.

I just want to say how very happy I am that I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award. Nominated by Diane Mae Robinson, author of the brilliant children’s book ‘Sir Princess Petra

If you ever want a great story for your children then go and get this. The images are wonderful. The story is wonderfully written, innocent, charming has some great lessons that children can learn and best of all even adults will love this.

A book length of about 70 pages there is no-way you can say ‘Oh, I’m too busy!‘  This is awesome story telling and you will do yourself an injustice not to get it.

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How to make an ebook CSS shortcut

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How to make an ebook – shortcut codes

Hello and I do hope you have enjoyed the 5 part series How to make an ebook. I certainly have enjoyed making it.

In part 5, I promised some short cuts in the CSS code. I’m going to show you one short. (Just one!) This short cut will prove invaluable as it will save you a lot of time and effort when adding your code. I don’t want to bog you down with too much code, as this is probably the first time you have really used code on anything computer related.

With this short cut save you time and effort, but also will add less code to your manuscript. In the end, you will have a much cleaner code based manuscript.

Why am I giving you the short cut now? I believe that to fully appreciate and understand how the short cut works, you first needed to know the long drawn out way of coding. Line by line. In essence, a proven way that worked.

Now you will have a new way that is just as good and easy, and importantly, works!

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How to make an ebook pt 5

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How to make an ebook pt 5

How to make an ebook pt 5 – Clickable Table of Contents – Navigation within an ebook – A map of your ebook at your fingertips.

If you need to recap, then click on the links to go back Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4.

Part 5 has to be the most exciting part of all the tutorials for me personally. (I do get excited over silly things!)

Holding back my language, it really gets up my nose when I find out after purchasing an ebook, that it has no clickable Table of Contents. Does not even have a TOC, to me that’s a cardinal sin.

We all like to know how many chapters, how far we are in a book, how much more to go. We all do it. The TOC helps us, it relaxes us, it answers questions for us. Not to have one, well it would never sell in a traditional book shop.

Let’s not waste time, let’s get on.

TOC, here we come!!!

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How to make an ebook pt 4

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How to make an ebook pt 4

How to make an ebook pt 4 – Chapter 1 The Beginning (Well, not really but it is Chapter Time!!)

I can’t believe how far we have gotten through these tutorials. (My fingers are bleeding!) I hope you have been seeing the results from following the ‘How to make an ebook’ tutorials.

If you need to recap, then click on the links to go back Part 1Part 2Part 3. Or you can go to Part 5.

You are now creating an ebook. It will soon be time to add the important clickable Table of Contents. It will help all readers get to each chapter from a click of a link in your TOC.

Today, we are going to start adding in your ‘Chapters‘. Yesterday, we covered how we can add indents to every paragraph. I showed you how with the p.indent class, a very simple and very effective way of adding any size indent to every paragraph. Yes, you could leave it to the ‘Automated Formatting’ systems that Amazon and Smashwords use. No-matter how good they are, they are still prone to formatting errors.

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How to make an ebook pt 3

How to make an ebook pt 3

How to make an ebook pt 3

How to make an ebook pt 3 – Now we are going to get our hands dirty cracking our fingers on the code.

Click any of these links to go back to How to make an ebook part 1 and part 2. Both have videos of the articles at the end of each page. Or you can watch part 4 and part 5.

By now, you will have KompoZer downloaded and installed on to your desktop, and example-code-v2.html (Right click and save) We are going to build up on the free ebook template, so that at the end of these tutorials you have a fully formatted manuscript ready to convert to ebook.

Like before, I will provide all the code that we are dealing with on a new file called (Wait for it!) example-code-v3.html (My naming skill is so professional and original!) That will be provided later.

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How to make an ebook pt 2

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eBook Reader Code

How to make an ebook pt 2 – The fun part begins – formatting the way you want it to look.

A continuation from part 1 How to make an ebook. As with that, this will have images and a video to show you what you need to do, to get the look you want for your formatted manuscript. If you want here are the links for part 3part 4 and part 5.

To convert to ebook takes certain repeated steps throughout your manuscript. Each step is small and quick to do. They will have a major impact on the look and style of your manuscript.

After adding your manuscript and then repeating certain pieces of code, the next step will be to convert books to kindle (MOBI) or ePub or any other format you want it to be. The great thing about converting your manuscript to ebook, is once you have the code in place, you can convert your book to as many formats as your want, as many times as you want. I will show you how to do that in a later tutorial.

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