Publishing books with LibreOffice, CreateSpace, and KDP

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Quality Matters

Your book is now included as an entry in the Amazon catalog and in the other distribution channels you have chosen even though you have not spent one single cent. Helpful assistance options are available through the service, but remember that the quality of the finished product depends almost entirely on the quality of work you put into the project.

Next, I will address the specific characteristics of works including mathematical and chemical formulas and the successful conversion of scientific texts. Additionally, I will take a look at publishing works as e-books on Kindle Direct Publishing. This approach to publishing includes several issues that require careful attention.

Exporting Manuscripts

To begin, you should check over your formatted manuscript one more time in LibreOffice or OpenOffice Writer. This step could include looking for possible errors in spelling, formatting, page layout, and the table of contents.

Next, you should save the manuscript in HTML format (Figure 13). Current versions of LibreOffice and OpenOffice will create just one large HTML file in which all of the illustrations are encoded in Base 64.

Figure 13: You should let LibreOffice or OpenOffice save the export of the manuscript in their own folders.

Older versions of LibreOffice and OpenOffice are different in that they deliver numerous images along with the HTML file. It is a good idea to select a subdirectory of the manuscript folder as the location for the HTML export. To prepare the data for transmission, you should compress the files to be exported into a ZIP file.

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