Tuesday, May 31, 2011

eBook Technical Snags

Slow day on the eBook front.

I sat down and reviewed the Scrivener manual for the Macintosh.
  • I've discovered that editing CSS style-sheets only works for screenplay manuscripts.
  • I also hoped that I might be able to finesse opening paragraphs using some sort of trick with document headers, titles, notes or synopsis fields - but that means making a manuscript unusable for anything but ePub format.
  • Finally, it turns out that our old Mac's hardware is PowerPC, not Intel-based; this means I can't save the manuscript for Amazon's Kindle.
Sigh. I'd sort of wanted to do all of this myself, but I'm beginning to think that I should use Smashwords because I'll have access to more formats and a easier time formatting the layout.
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