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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] RE: Who is supporting epub on this list?
Hi Robert The tutorial sounds like a great idea. I'm doing a lot of Kindle work at the moment - one of my clients has a system that generates DocBook XML from (very carefully styled) InDesign documents and then uses that to create EPUB. That client and myself share a publisher client (publishing is just a tad incestuous) who is having major Kindle issues because of exactly the problems you describe. I've been wondering how hard it would be to create a variant on the current stylesheets that generates 'simplistic html'. Related - in the UK my two largest publishing clients (two of the more major trade publishers) are selling over 80% of their eBook output on Kindle so this is a real issue. cheers nic On 4 Mar 2011, at 17:50, Robert Nagle wrote: > I certainly don't have Keith's programming skills, but I have been > compiling a lot of docbook-to-epub tips over the last year > > http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/2010/11/ebookepub-production-secrets-tips-tricks/ > > Eventually I plan to make an online tutorial about it. > > Actually I'm finding the biggest challenge is not producing epub > files, but producing an epub file which can be processed by kindlegen > without causing major problems. I know the Kindle format is not > "standard," but in the US it will remain important for a while. > > For example, just a day ago I discovered that when viewed on the > Kindle 3 device > (but not the KindlePreviewer software), kindle files produced by > kindlegen processing epub files will insert > lots of blank pages in chapters which use sections. (The reason is > that the kindle device processes DIV tags very strangely). In a > chapter with just > 2 sections, I found that kindlegen had inserted up to 20 blank pages > at the end of the chapter in the Kindle file. > > (One solution is to substitute SECTION tag with BRIDGEHEAD and modify > the css for the toc to have bridgeheads indent, and I am working on > the XSLT to accomplish that hopefully). > > By the way, I learned something interesting from an Oxygen staff > member. Version 12.2 of Oxygen should support docbook-to-epub output > with ANT. (should be out in a few months). > > > > -- > Robert Nagle > 12777 Ashford Point Dr #1417 > Houston, Texas 77082 > 713 893 3424 > http://www.robertnagle.info > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > For additional commands, e-mail: email@example.com > -- Nic Gibson Corbas Consulting Digital Publishing Consultancy and Training http://www.corbas.co.uk, +44 (0)7718 906817