moderated Re: ebook editor
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No, and I’m not even sure that the Kindle format is documented anywhere, quite apart from the copyright and digital rights management issues involved.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Panagiotis Antonopoulos
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:15 AM
Subject: Re: ebook editor
Does pandoc support conversion from kindle to word?
It’s relatively easy to use from a command prompt, and the documentation covers the various options, including the Pandoc Markdown file format.
From: <email@example.com> on behalf of Richard Turner <richardturner42@...>
Well, this looks like a very complicated command line tool.
I did a simple install and there are no icons and the only thing I can find on my start menu, is the user guide.
I may have missed something.
I did a search and found that one, it is free, and two, sounds amazingly complete.
Here is the about page with links to installing, etc.
Well, if you're going to use Microsoft Word, then you need to know how to create real headings with it and not attempt visual headings with formatting. Word seems to be widely used to I thought Juan might already have access to it.
Where does one obtain Pandoc, how much does it cost, and does it have the ability to save documents created with it in ePub format? If it can't create ePub documents, how do you convert them from its format to ePub?
If you are writing original material and wish to generate EPUB documents, then Pandoc would be an effective and accessible tool. You can write the documents in Pandoc Markdown (or one of the other formats supported by Pandoc) and convert them to EPUB.
I wouldn’t recommend Microsoft Word as the format in which to write, unless you’re careful to use styles properly throughout the document. Many users of Microsoft Word, unfortunately, use direct formatting extensively, leading to poorly structured documents that are less accessible to screen reader users and not as good as they should be when converted to other formats. The obvious sign of this is the lack of heading styles – for example, a paragraph in “normal” style which is marked as centered, and with fonts that make it look as though it’s a heading.
Richard and Juan,
I was under the impression that Juan was composing original material which is why I suggested using Microsoft Word to do so and then using Codex to convert it to ePub. I just did a quick search of ePub documents on my computer and when I opened the context menu on one of those files and arrowed to Codex to check what conversion options were possible, Word 2007 was one of the choices. That would create a docx file from an ePub one.
Are they already in ePub format?
If so, I’m not sure.
Alan had suggested using Codex which can convert Word to ePub, but it may also be able to convert ePub to Word, then do your edits and convert it back.
Not sure if that would work, but might be worth a try.
Here is Alan’s message again:
I'd recommend you do your document editing and preparation with Microsoft Word and then use the excellent Codex program developed by James Scholes to convert it to ePub format. Codex can convert 18 different input formats including docx to 8 different output formats including ePub. You can read about it here:
I have to edit and prepare some epub ebooks. Is there an accessible editor for this? Calibre isn’t that accessible.
Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.