How to convert text to e-book formats

Submitted by SJW on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:05

* How to convert text to an ebook *

Extract the text from the Quark file or other source. You can do this either by cut-and-paste (if the text is short); or by using File>Export in Quark to get an html file which Calibre will then convert to text.

Replace all curly quotes, double and single, by straight quotes.

Replace all space-dash-space by space-hyphen-space.

Check for other non-standard characters (accented characters, pluristops) and replace by simple characters.

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Template for posters/leaflets

Submitted by SJW on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:03

Attached is a template for a poster/leaflet for AWL events, one for use with Open Office writer (which unlike MS Word is available free)

It has been used with some success for public meetings in London and is designed to work with photos which come out grainy and in black and white.

The only work that really needs doing is to fill the background with photos to create a collage behind the text boxes. This can be done with a couple of large images or slightly more smaller ones.

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How to build YL groups

Submitted by SJW on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:01

Some comrades sympathetic to us in the Labour Party have started building Young Labour groups. There's been a request for notes about what we can learn for that purpose from the experience of Labour youth groups in previous eras.

1. Make your YL group a constituency group, or at most a group spanning a couple of constituencies - not a city-wide or even regional group as many current YL groups are.

There are two reasons for this. A good YL group has to attract young people with (initially) only a casual and tentative interest in politics.

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How to proof-read and correct scans (or text copy-pasted from emails)

Submitted by SJW on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 12:00

You should do this in LibreOffice or in Word.

LibreOffice is a free equivalent of Microsoft Office. You can download it from here and install it on any computer, Windows, Mac, or Linux. LibreOffice will open all Word files, and offers a facility to save any file it opens into Word format.

First, you will probably find some unwanted line breaks in the text, derived from the scanning. You want to get rid of those without losing the wanted line breaks at the end of paragraphs.

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How to add books to Nielsen database and to Amazon; sending them to libraries

Submitted by SJW on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 11:56


To upload book details to Nielsen:

Go to

Log in with user name PHOEPRPW and password as in red passwords notebook

Click on "Add Book"

Enter ISBN and follow instructions on screen

When you've done that, come back to

Click on "Add Jacket"

Upload a jpg of the book cover, named as [ISBN number].jpg

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