Information & Communication Technology
Print on Demand
Lulu, iTunes, Kindle, Nook, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Beyond
Part 2 Interoperability
Marghanita da Cruz
Sydney Linux Users Group Meeting, 26th August 2011
- Recap - part 1 last month - creating the epub package and PDF from HTML
- This month Formatting PDF, from HTML Source, to upload to Lulu to publish Paper Back. Below are tips for constructing HTML and then using Open Office Master Document to create the PDF.
- Stick to simple HTML Tags
P (Text Body in Open Office Master Document)
H1-H6 (Heading 1 to Heading 6 in Open Office Master Document)
SUP (End Note in Open Office Master Document)
BLOCKQUOTE (Quotations in Open Office Master Document)
IMG using BORDER="5" border-color="#ffffff" align, height, width in HTML (ofcourse title and alt for accessibility in e-book version. Note also Open Office does not object to "/>" close on IMG tag necessary for epub XHTML - so use it)
- Consider Using an unused heading live eg H4 or H5 for Captions - this allows you to adjust font, indents and spacing in Open Office Master Document. Captions can be included in table of contents generated by open office.
- Using Historical out of copyright images from Collections Held by Institutions is a challenge! Copyright National Library of Australia provides useful guidance. Generally service charge for high quality images - confusion over use of digital images available on websites.
The Book: 1890s Annandale A Short Walk
Youtube: Lightning Talk at Sydney Linux Users Group (26 August 2011)
Update: Creating a PDF for Paperback - Transparency.
When uploading a PDF to create the sixth book in the series in August 2016, the PDF document was rejected and I was referred to a tips for fixing your PDF including using standard fonts or embedding them into an ISO 19005-1 document and pagination.
After replacing the FreeSans with Arial throughout the document it was still rejected. So, I tried exporting the file using the "Archive PDF/A-1a (ISO 19005-1) option. This gave the error message that transparency wasn't supported in the ISO 19005-1 format and the image was being converted. Lulu accepted the new document (but complained of the low quality images.)
Useful tip - use low qual images (PDF exporter provides options to reduce image quality to reduce the size of the file to be uploaded).
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