Whereas lulu.com is being preferred by self-published authors of ebooks, it may put them in trouble as well especially when they submit an epub file, which is not formatted as per the epub publishing guidelines of lulu.com. And, such epubs often results in the ERROR: IOException: Unresolved external XML entity: ‘http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd’ in OEBPS/Text/Section0002.xhtml
Note: Section0002.xhtml is the name of one of the html files in the epub file, which is uploaded to lulu.com, but could not pass lulu.com’s epub validation. In your epub file, this can be different so do not confuse you with the file name.
When you upload file on lulu.com and its validation is failed, then you get a message stating that validation is failed. And, lulu.com also provides you with a .txt file containing reasons due to which validation is failed, and you should fix those errors before resubmitting epub on lulu.com for publishing. However, that .txt file is intended for advanced users who understand html, xhtml, xml, and other such techniques. Hence, if you are not an advanced user then you might not be able to fix issues.
The only solution to resolve the ERROR: IOException: Unresolved external XML entity: ‘http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd‘ in OEBPS/Text/Section0002.xhtml is open the source files and format it as per the guidelines of lulu.com after understanding the reasons given the .txt file provided by lulu.com.
If you have created the epub file from Word Doc or PDF using a free converter then you need to first format that Word Doc or PDF as per the lulu.com’s guidelines and then do the conversion again. Or, if you have hired someone to create epub for you then contact that person or company to fix all the issues.
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Novel Pagination is a process of laying down the pages of a manuscript in a format that you want for your Novel. It may include several things like “how the header will look,” “how the footer will look,” “if page numbers will be come,” “what will be the margins,” etc.
Paginating a novel is a no worry for professional publishers, but for those who either are new to Novel Pagination or are self-publishers, it is must to understand “how to format a novel for publication.” Here are a few tips that will help self-publishers to get a novel paginated for print.
Understand Printer’s Requirement
Before you start paginating a novel, you must contact the printer from where you will be getting the Novel printed. Ask the printer about the requirements for printing a novel. And these requirements may include,
Undertake Printer’s Requirements
After you have received Printer’s requirements, make a quick note so that you can implement them carefully. Always ensure that you have been implementing Printer’s requirements otherwise, the paginated Novel will not pass the printer’s verification and you have to rework on the Novel Pagination.
Always use paragraph styles to format text
Using paragraph styles to format text in a novel is the sign of professionalism. There are many benefits of using paragraph styles then manually formatting each paragraph. For example, when you use a style, then you can be assured of consistent formatting. There will be no formatting glitches, such as extra spaces and paragraph marks. And if you have enabled “Keep” option, then there will be no issue of “Orphan” and “Widows” too.
Embed Fonts in the Final Output
One of the most important things that you must do while creating the final output file (be it PDF or INDD) is embedding fonts. If you do not embed fonts then the printer will reject the file.
These are a few Novel Pagination tips that will helpful for self-publishers and authors who are new to Novel Pagination.
In case, you are not comfortable with Novel Pagination, or if you do not have time doing it yourself, then hire a professional for Novel pagination.
Before I discuss anything about Smashwords formatting, let me have a brief about smashwords.
Smashwords is one of the ebook distributors that allow self-published authors and independent presses to publish and sell eBooks. Smashwords takes a well-formatted Word Document as .doc file or a well-formatted eBook as .epub file as an input and then processes that input file to create multiple formats of ebooks that can be read on different devices. EPUB, PDF, .MOBI, .PDB, .HTML, and LRF are some of the formats in which the input file is converted and then distributed to major ebook stores and libraries like Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Flipkart, Scribd, and a lot more.
Smashwords uses a tool namely MeatGrinder, which takes .doc or .epub as an input and delivers different formats as selected during the conversion process. This tool creates reflowable ebooks that are good to read on any device of any size because the text flows automatically as per the screen size. While Smashwords uses MeatGrinder tool to get different ebook formats created, the result depends upon how well the input file is formatted following the Smashwords Formatting guidelines.
As stated earlier, the result of MeatGrinder will depend upon the formatting of the input .doc or .epub file. And, to ensure that the result of MeatGrinder is good, Smashwords have created a Smashwords Formatting user guide, which is having 117 pages. If you go through all the smashwords formatting guidelines and follow them while formatting the .doc file or .epub file then the result will be acceptable else not.
Here are a few major Smashwords Formatting Guidelines that will help you to get an acceptable finished ebook after the processing of MeatGrinder:
These are just 10 guidelines among the big list. So, if you can go through the complete 117 pages user guide, which you can download from here – Click here to download then you may get a good result else the look of the ebook that MeatGrinder will create will be like a loosely formatted ebook created with a free ebook converter or by a kid.
We cannot neglect the fact that many people who want to publish their ebooks online through smashwords are not much technical to perfectly format a .doc file or create an epub file. We cannot also neglect the fact that there are genius people who know how to format a .doc file or create an .epub file to upload to Smashwords for getting them converted to Multiple formats using MeatGrinder, but they lack time to “Do it yourself.”
For such people, Smashwords Formatting Services are the big help. When you avail Smashwords Formatting Services then you get the following benefits for a small amount you pay to the service provider:
So, these are the benefits among others that will be coming your ways with smashwords formatting services.
Now, the decision is yours. Whether do it yourself and get you see fighting with formatting glitches or sit with ease and see the job being done with perfection. Never forget that the final output by MeatGrinder will depend upon the input file.
Before I tell, “Why use Ebook Conversion Services than Free Ebook Converters,” let me brief about ebook conversion.
Ebook conversion is a process of creating a book that can be read on digital devices like Kindle, iPAD, Sony Readers, Smartphones, etc. Some of the devices, such as Kindle, have their own specific formats, for example, .mobi whereas many devices can read generic ebook format namely ePUB. Due to this device specific format and support for ebooks, there are many ebook formats now known like .epub, .mobi, .pdf (web pdf). Prc, etc. And Ebook Conversion Services help getting these formats created with the help of one manuscript (input document, which can a Word file, a PDF file, Indd file, or html file).
Ebooks have several benefits over paperback books and here I list those benefits:
These are some of the benefits of ebooks.
Now, I have discussed what ebook conversion is and what the benefits of ebook are let me go ahead with Why use Ebook Conversion Services than Free Ebook Converters.
When it comes to convert a Word document or a PDF to an ebook, many individuals start doing Google searching Free Ebook Converters so that the job can be done quickly and without hiring a company or a freelancer. Ebook converters are available easily online, but my question is “should you really use them, if you want a quality conversion.”
According to me, one should not use a Free Ebook Converter when:
If any one of the above points is true then you must not use a free ebook converter and why only free, not even paid ebook converter because the result will depend upon the combination of above points.
Yes, I am coming to this point. So, if a free ebook converter cannot be an option then what shall you go with. The best solution for ebook conversions when the output format is epub, .mobi, prc, or pdf (web pdf) is Ebook Conversion Services.
Ebook Conversion Services get you a finished ebook, which looks almost, and in maximum case, similar to paperback book, but with digital advantages. With the help of ebook conversion services, you can get those things done that cannot be achieved using ebook converters, for example, endnotes, tables, and drop caps. Yes, these are the things that you cannot get with ebook converters.
Ebook Conversion Services have many benefits over ebook converters and here are those benefits:
These are the benefits of ebook conversion services and probably “Why use Ebook Conversion Services than Free Ebook Converters.”