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Modern Formatting Tools for PC
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:33:54 PM »
I have a writer friend who has been out of the game for a few years and is wanting to know about modern formatting tools to convert to .mobi or whatever the current Amazon format is.

I think she writes in Word on a PC.
 

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Re: Modern Formatting Tools for PC
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2021, 12:55:48 PM »
You don't need to convert to mobi.

Upload the docx, download the mobi.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2021, 05:53:56 PM »
Or upload to D2D, convert to epub, and then use that epub everywhere.

Or use Calibre to convert to epub.

Either way, epub is the format I'd recommend.  I don't mess with mobis anymore.
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Re: Modern Formatting Tools for PC
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2021, 07:46:57 PM »
Or upload to D2D, convert to epub, and then use that epub everywhere.

Or use Calibre to convert to epub.

Either way, epub is the format I'd recommend.  I don't mess with mobis anymore.

I'm the opposite.

Every single book I produced as an epub was pirated.

As far as I can tell, since I stopped that and have been exclusively mobi, none of my books have been pirated.
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Simon Haynes

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2021, 06:56:32 AM »
Amazon asks for epubs these days, not mobi. It's on the upload page.  Something about some (most?) mobi files not supporting enhanced formatting.


 
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2021, 08:46:06 AM »
If you're looking for a generic "converts this file to that type of file" utility, check out Pandoc. We use Pandoc to turn raw manuscript files into EPUB and PDF, but there's a bit of a learning curve.
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