If you are uploading just text, you can use Microsoft Word, preferably the XP version, but any version will work. Before doing so, you might download a free version of Smashwords style book. It details what Word does to your manuscript that would screw-up the upload to Nook and how to prevent that. It's good information, just not presented in an easy to understand format.
Images are a bit tougher. See discussions in these forums by jtorrence.
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I actually want to add to what the second poster said.
Snag the Smashwords style guide and run through that (it's not as bad as it may at first seem). Then get Atlantis Word Processor ... load it up in that and save it out as epub. My personal experience has had the best luck using that method.
I have had great success creating my books in Word 2007 and then using the Aspose Words add in and then checking it to see if it might need tweaking. All in all it does a great job the first time.
I used Word 2003 .doc. You used another file type and that is probably why it was so slow to process.
It is easier to save as .doc and try to upload again. You don't need any conversion app with PubIt! at all.
In tech, usually there is an easier way to do things. I used to manage comeputers and found this out the hard way.
I have a slow connection speed and it take a bit of time, but it uploaded just fine.
But while pubit's program will convert it will not format your book correctly. Your chapters will not start on their own pages but run together. Smashwords meatgrinder is just that. A meatgrinder. While I do use it, I don't promote because it screws up formatting more often than not. If you want control over how your book looks then you want a secondary program. While Calibre is good there is an easier way. http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ Choose your platform and edit. You will first need to upload to pubit so it can convert your .docx to .epub from there you'll open that document in Sigil and finish your formatting. Super easy with excellent results.
I agree that Sigil is an excellent program for editing a raw .epub file. It is pretty simple to use.
Sigil is extremely simple.
Cut and paste each chapter from word into a new chapter in Sigil. Done.
I use Word 2010 and Calibre, and it's pretty fool-proof. The trick is to do all of your editing in the .docx file and when you're done:
- Click File, then Save As...
- Select "Web Page, Filtered". (Selecting "Web Page, Filtered" instead of "Web Page" clears out a lot of the extra HTML garbage added by Word.)
- Load that file into Calibre, add your cover page and any other info you want to the metadata, and convert.
It does a nice job of converting to .mobi for uploading to Kindle, too. It creates an active TOC, as well.
Sigil is also nice, but not as intuitive, imho. When I tried just cutting and pasting into Sigil, I found I had to do a lot of extra formatting (ugh). I like to use Sigil to catch validation errors when creating .epubs for the iPad (the Nook ignores these, but Apple is more picky), but I usually start from the .epub file I created in Calibre.