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07-12-2017, 12:11   #1
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A few years ago I wrote some ebooks which I sold in both 'digital download' format - when the likes of eBay permitted it - and later on CD.
The books were formed using HTML, with 'moving graphics' courtesy of various swf files.
I was considering updating the work for resale using the likes of a Kindle as a platform, but have no experience in the process of converting the original pages to the Kindle format.
A Google search has revealed various 'solutions', but I was wondering if anybody here had direct experience/suggestions/recommendations of one product over another?
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Have you tried Calibre?

https://calibre-ebook.com/about
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Have you tried Calibre?

https://calibre-ebook.com/about
Just downed the 64bit version.
Have you experience with it?
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07-12-2017, 14:27   #4
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All that can be advised is that you select your original books for conversion, select the conversion type (Kindle) and look at the results - No guarantees that you will get the results you are after. Calibre is Open Source and it attempts to do what it says and is Cross-Platform compatible (Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux)
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All that can be advised is that you select your original books for conversion, select the conversion type (Kindle) and look at the results - No guarantees that you will get the results you are after. Calibre is Open Source and it attempts to do what it says and is Cross-Platform compatible (Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux)
Hmmmm.
Thought I might have trouble.
The swf files, featured on most of the html pages, cause problems.
Time for a re-think.
Perhaps it was just a bad idea to start with!
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Just downed the 64bit version.
Have you experience with it?
In converting various other formats to MOBI for my Kindle. Its been quite good.
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09-12-2017, 00:59   #7
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You probably already know this but perhaps this may assist?:

https://opensource.com/life/13/8/how...pen-source-way
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09-12-2017, 09:18   #8
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Calibre and Sigil are both excellent and free epub handlers. But your big problem would appear to be the use of .swf (i.e. Flash) files: support for Flash is already disappearing and I'm not even sure that the epub standards have ever allowed it.
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09-12-2017, 12:05   #9
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Calibre and Sigil are both excellent and free epub handlers. But your big problem would appear to be the use of .swf (i.e. Flash) files: support for Flash is already disappearing and I'm not even sure that the epub standards have ever allowed it.
Had a play with Sigil last night, having watched a few YouTube guides to speed things up! Yes, the swf files are going to be a problem....will have to have a rethink as to an alternative method.
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Take a look here - no guarantees:

https://www.safaribooksonline.com/bl...video-in-epub/
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