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Kracked_P_P wrote:

I use LO to export my work to a PDF document that would work well on my tablets. All I needed to do is format the page size to the proper one that works best for tablet reading. I choose something along the page size used for paper-back books. So I format the page to about 4 by 7 inches, with a small margin size. Then I export it to a PDF file. Of course, if I want to create an ePub document format instead, for Kindle or Nook, then I use an external package called "Calibre". I run it on a Ubuntu/Linux system, but it come in Windows as well. [if I remember correctly]

I've done the same thing by formatting the page size of a PDF file to fit my Kindle screen. Of course, with PDF, you lose a lot of the functionality of the Kindle (or Nook), such as scalable fonts and the continuous flow of text without page breaks, etc. For that, you need the e-book formats (Mobi for Kindle, Epub for Nook). This is where my OCD kicks in for I've found that most programs, such as LO, and even LyX and Markdown, lose some formatting in the translation to HTML, which is the basis of Epub. Of all the programs I've tried, Atlantis does the best job of retaining my formatting and it exports directly to Epub and Mobi formats. I've used Calibre and find it really good, but again, my results have been spotty. So far, I haven't been able to get a good conversion of a PDF to Mobi with Calibre (maybe it's user error on my part). There's a lot to Calibre and I haven't fully explored it yet.

SO, for my needs, I take free books that are in .txt or other formats and use LO and its page formatting to convert them into a document or book that works well for either my 7 inch or 9 inch tablets.

I do the same with Atlantis and export directly to Epub and Mobi formats.

For Ligatures, well there are fonts that can be used that have those glyph/letter combinations available. But I never saw the need to use them. I just choose a font that works well for reading as an eBook or printed one. There are fonts specifically created for their readability for books. Most text books tend to use such fonts, as well as physical books you buy.

If you're saving to an e-book format, ligatures aren't necessary, nor is margin justification or true typographic features. But, if you're going to print that puppy, you want it to have all the typographic excellence you can get and, right now at least, that excellence is lacking with typical word processors. For print excellence, you can't beat LaTeX.


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