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azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 10, 2011 12:39 AM

I'm trying to publish a book on Kindle, but I'm running in lots of trouble because I'm writing in Pages.

 

The preferred Kindle (KDP Amazon) method is using Mobi Creator but apparently Mac doesn't work with mobi; next best is using MS Word, compressing a Word .doc file with imbedded images and uploading that. And there's the problem because when I go from a Pages file to a Word .doc file, but I'm losing images, fonts are changing and text formatting is getting messed up. The "worst" format by Kindle standards is .pdf file because their conversion really doesn't work very well with it. Then it is further messed up using Mac OS file compression which apparently changes some coding compared to Windows "zip" compression but that's another issue.

 

Question #1:  Is there any way to set up Pages to "save-as" or "export" into a Word file and keep all the formatting?

Question #2 : Since Pages doesn't support a "view source" function (unless I'm missing it?) , is there any way to see the formatting to double-check the conversion?

 

Brian Lawson

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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Jun 10, 2011 6:37 AM (in response to azartguy)

    Question asked and answered many times.

    If you want to get in Word your designed layout, work in Word (or in a true clone).

    Pages is definitely not such an app.

     

    question #1 : No, nobody may give you a trick to keep all the formatting

    question #2 : You have no way to see the changes introduced by the conversion.

     

    I wish to add that your statement :

    Mac OS file compression which apparently changes some coding compared to Windows "zip"

    is perfectly ridiculous !

    The zip compression is a non destructive one and it has no impact upon the contents of the doc.

    The changes which you get are related to :

    (1) the export tool which is not designed to clone Word rendering

    (2) to possible differences between the fonts available on the mac used to create the doc and the PC used to render it.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 10 juin 2011 15:37:00

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    Please : Search for questions similar to your own

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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to azartguy)

    (1) I repeat that questions about the fact that exporting to Word introduce changes in the layout were asked and answered many times.

     

    (2) mac OS X offers a tool to compress files in zip format and when I send such ones to PC users, they are opened without any problem (of course I'm not fool enough yo send them Pages documents).

    The fact that iWork use a proprietary tool to build flatFiles can't be a problem with Kindle because only Pages may read Pages documents.

     

    (3) I repeat that your words about the zip files created by Pages are ridiculous and they are more ridiculous applied to  doc files created when exporting as .doc because in this case, Pages doesn't compress the file !

     

    (4) you respond without emphasis but with errors.


    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 10 juin 2011 22:41:43

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.7


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own

    before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Jun 10, 2011 2:00 PM (in response to azartguy)

    I don't think it makes sense to use Pages for what you are trying to do.  If you don't want to use the actual Word app, then try Open/Neo/LibreOffice.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Jun 11, 2011 1:37 AM (in response to azartguy)

    OK

    You can't accept that what you wrote is wrong.

    It's your problem but it don't change the facts.

    When Pages create a .doc file, it pack nothing.

    When I send files zipped by mac OS X to PC users, they may expand them flawlessly.

     

    Farewell.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 11 juin 2011 10:36:36

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.7


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • ReyCarr Calculating status...
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    Jun 11, 2011 12:24 PM (in response to azartguy)

    One thing to be alert to when publishing for the Kindle: it could be a waste of time to attend to format, images, color, etc. because the Kindle only produces in B&W and the user is pretty much in control of font characteristics. I suggest you stick with simple formatting in Word, keep images simple, if you even need them; and prepare a separate cover in Pages that you can convert to a jpg and upload that.

  • mark harper Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 8:44 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Hi Brian, wondering what your workflow ended up being, did you partition and add windows? or did you just install MS office for the mac? I am finding that pages although it does create an epub it is not formatted for conversion to kindle. The TOC and other main items don't make it over even though it is there for iPad etc.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Dec 28, 2011 4:00 AM (in response to azartguy)

    azartguy, you may put Windows, but your approach is too complicated. In order to have Kindle-savvy files, you need a simple word processor, capable of exporting files for Kindle format. OpenOffice is such a free apo.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Dec 28, 2011 2:12 PM (in response to azartguy)

    ‘the conversion between Mac and MS word processing, while much better than it used to be, is still not full proof,—’

     

    Was, is and will never be. Each app uses its capabilities and limitations, so export will NEVER be perfect, will require processing or reprocessing a certain amount of data. this is a small part of our life with computers.

  • mark harper Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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    Dec 28, 2011 6:43 PM (in response to azartguy)

    With your word set up for Kindle, did you do a conversion with Kindlegen? any gotcha's to look out for? I'm working on making the word doc and it seems that going to the kindlegen would be the next step. I have almost gotten the Nook figured out. Much easier with that one. I am using pages epub exported file and the only issue has been the chapter header. I am finding that the iPad and Apple ePub are a couple of steps ahead of the others. Ah new technology and the teething problems it brings.

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