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Making your own eBooks


February 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Microsoft is attempting to make eBooks more popular by giving away software to convert WORD 2000 or WORD 2002 files into eBook format. They have excelled in their normal practice of choosing obfuscati…

Microsoft is attempting to make eBooks more popular by giving away software to convert WORD 2000 or WORD 2002 files into eBook format. They have excelled in their normal practice of choosing obfuscating names for their programs by calling it “Read in Microsoft Reader. The executable download is called WordRMR.exe Refer to http://www.microsoft.com/reader/default.asp for free downloads and further information.

I found that straightforward text converts well, but that tables-of-contents and links do not convert to eBook format as well as Bill Gates claims. Also, the free software for generating eBooks does not provide the tightly compressed files that the eBook vendors seem to be able to attain.

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