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Why ebook authors shouldn’t use MSOffice Home-Student or Military versions.

Ebook authors shouldn’t use Microsoft Office Home/Student or the Military versions as they are for non-commercial use only, and most authors want to earn some money from their work. Many ebook authors probably use MS Office Home/Student version for writing ebooks or for creating PDF’s and may not notice the warning of  “Microsoft Word non-commercial […]

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Does MSWord have a hyperlink problem when saving a file in .doc format? Smashwords Forum update.

I recently uploaded a new ebook, “A Cookbook by Ted. Volume 2.”, to Smashwords and was pleasantly surprised to see an error notice advising authors to make sure their document was in .doc format and not .docx as is standard with MSWord 2007 and later editions. It seems that the default .docx format of the […]

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How to create ebooks using Calibre

Calibre is a free ebook management program that also creates ebooks. As noted in the comments, professional level ebooks require some degree of hand-coding to display properly on different devices. If you want to create an ebook using Calibre, here are links to the Calibre web site which you might want to click on and […]

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Trying simple animation for Bubble Trouble cover

I’ve managed to get the cover of Bubble Trouble to reproduce a simple animation, but have had no success in adding animation to MSWord for ebooks published on Smashwords. Mark Coker of Smashwords advises me that animation would be messed up by their meatgrinder even if I were able to get MSWord to accept animation. […]

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Microsoft Word sucks at importing video or animation, but OpenOffice works fine.

It could simply be that I’m not smart enough to get animations or video’s to work in Microsoft Word Office 2007 version. After several hours of trying, and reading on the net that it just don’t work, I have given up trying to get video into MSWord. If anyone knows the secret, please let me […]

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How to correct hyperlink problems after Smashwords conversion

If you publish on Smashwords and have experienced hyperlink problems or conversion problems with PDF output, you may find my solution works for you. I’m not blaming Smashwords for these problems, for sometimes a MSWord doc will process fine, but I know MSWord screws up on occasion. This post and others are also on the […]

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OpenOffice does MSWord docs better than MSWord

Followers of my blog know the problems I’ve had uploading MSWord documents to Smashwords. Now don’t get me wrong, I really like Smashwords and feel they are a terrific boon for writers. It’s just that I’ve had nothing but problems using MSWord as the source document for files uploaded to Smashwords. But I’ve found a […]

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My new novel “Final Decree”, and “4-letter words” sample

It took some time, a couple hours really, to upload my new ebook “Final Decree” to Smashwords when it was only #14 in the queue. I checked the output after going through their meatgrinder process and found a couple of errors, one of which was my own stupidity in that the pictures for “I came…” […]

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Puzzle ebook now working fine thanks to OpenOffice

After numerous failures with hyperlinks functioning properly following conversion to various publishing formats by the Smashwords Meatgrinder, the probable culprit has been determined. If you have been experiencing problems with your book after conversion by Smashwords then you may be interested in my solution. In my earlier blog posts I mentioned the hyperlink travails I […]