Guide: Export to Kindle with native TOC, Footnotes, and Chapter Navigation Marks

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Mar 18 2012 10:49 AM

I know there are a few posts already about Kindle, but I have come up with a methodology to export books from Logos to Kindle (or other eReader devices) that I think is really easy, quick and powerful, and wanted to start a new post to share it with you.

Goal: Export a Logos book to a native Kindle (or other eReader device) format, with fully functional native Table of Contents and working footnotes. Easy and fast (I promise! There are lot of steps, but they are very simple).

Programs: You'll need to install two free programs, Calibre and Sigil. Here are the links:

- Calibre: http://calibre-ebook.com/

- Sigil: http://code.google.com/p/sigil/downloads/list

Steps:

1. In Logos, open Tools - Program Settings. Set the option to Copy Footnotes to "Yes"

2. Open the book you would like to export to Kindle. Go to the Title Page.Change the Layout style to full screen. If you like, make the text as small as possible (this will make it slightly faster, and is completely optional).

3. With your mouse, select the text beginning on the Title Page and begin to drag the mouse downward. In the box above the book which indicates the page number, you will notice that it begins to report the pages which you currently have selected. Once you have selected a good amount (maybe every couple of chapters), right click on the selected text and choose the option Copy.

4. Paste the text into Microsoft Word (or another similar program). You will notice that the footnotes are copied, and that the hyperlinks to Logos resources are NOT included. This is good for Kindle, as those hyperlinks won't work and could simply cause confusion.

5. Go back to Logos, and repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have copied the entire book.

6. In Microsoft Word, mark the Chapter Titles and Sections of the book which you want to be included in the Table of Contents with the Styles of Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3. Normally this can be done very quickly right clicking on the Chapter Titles and Section Titles and choosing the option to Select text with similar formatting.

7. Choose the option to Save As... and save the document in the format HTML, Filtered.

8. Open your saved HTML document in Sigil. On the right hand column you will notice that Sigil has generated a Table of Contents from your headings. That is a native Kindle, Nook, etc. table of contents. Optionally select the button Generate TOC from Headings. A window will pop up with your headings. On the right hand side of the window (you may need to scroll over to see it) there are check boxes where you can select or deselect one by one the headings that you want to keep or not in your Table of Contents. Sigil will also create a Chapter Navigation Mark for each one of your headings included in the Table of Contents.

9. Choose the option File - Save As... and save your book as en EPUB file.

10. Open Calibre. Choose the option Add books. Select your EPUB file. Optionally select the option Edit Metadata and you can download a cover, metadata, etc., or edit it manually.

11. Connect your Kindle, Nook, etc. In Calibre, select the option to Send to Device. Calibre will convert the book to Kindle (or other as corresponds) format and send it to your Kindle.

You will then have a fully functional native Kindle book with footnotes, Table of Contents, and Chapter Markers for easy navigation!!

P.S.: If you need to add images, right click on them in the Logos book and select Copy, and then paste them into your Microsoft Word document before exporting to HTML.

If your book has a lot of images, or you don't need footnotes, you can use the built in option in Logos to "Export/Print" to an RTF or HTML file, which will include the images (but not the footnotes!). But then you have a problem! Your document is full of hyperlinks to Logos resources which will not work in Kindle. Luckily getting rid of these is very easy.

Type CTRL A to select the entire Word Document. Then select CTRL SHIFT F9. This will eliminate all the hyperlinks in your document. Then you can continue with step 6 in this Guide.

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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 1:30 PM

Nice work.  I do similar on my Mac...

-- copy book text as you suggest

-- paste into M$ word

-- add a cover image and the other book meta text to the start of the Word doc

-- save doc in .doc format and email as an attachment to your Kindle email address with the word convert in the subject line.  Of course, you need to set up your Kindle page so that you have an email address of the convert process.

-- wait a few minutes and the books will appear beautifully formatted like a nice Kindle book.

I have used this method to shift a small pile of Vyrso fiction books from Logos to my Kindle.  It is a little painful but worth it as I cannot read the books on Logos or Vyrso.  Kindle by contrast is wonderful !!!

PS. You could probably use Mellel and export as a .doc file, but Mellel just doesn't have the great importing support that Word has.

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:24 PM

Doesn't this technique violate Logos and other other publisher copyright protections?

I can see exporting one's own footnotes to Word and then sending them to a Kindle Document.  However, moving entire books to the Kindle may not be legal.

If I want a book on my Kindle Fire or Kindle Keyboard, I just BUY the book a second time from Amazon and then I'm sure of complying with all the copyright protections.  If I want to read one of my Sony eBooks on my Kindle, I buy a second copy from Amazon for use on my Kindle.  In fact, since eBibles purchased for the Kindle Keyboard cannot locate verses properly on the Kindle Fire, one must purchase a THIRD copy explicitly for the Kindle Fire.  I don't see a problem with that since eBibles on Amazon sell for $ 5.99 or LESS.

Since Amazon charges so little anyway for eBooks, I cannot see the purpose of going around the second purchase.  Most very expensive pBooks sell for less than $ 15.00 on Amazon anyway as eBooks.  Amazon even notes on the book page if the publisher imposed a price higher than Amazon standards as a warning to the customer.

Buying direct from Amazon insures the ability to sync with all Amazon devices.  These exported books probably will NOT be able to be synced by Amazon's servers.

By the way, books exported to the Kindle Keyboard may not work properly on the Kindle Fire so far as searches and other features are concerned.

Probably in a very short time the Logos system will probably work perfectly without a WiFi connection due to their developing Android App.  Its worth waiting for it and just avoid all this extra work.  Then all one's PURCHASED Logos books will be completely accessible on the Kindle Fire with full functionality.

 

 

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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:31 PM

I don't know about the copyright restrictions.  I don't share these books with others and all have been paid for legally.

Your comments suggesting "just buy another copy" however may be fine for those in the USA who have too much money.  For the rest of us, perhaps you would like to gift all those Amazon copies to us.  I have recently bought about $300 New Zealand dollars on Logos books.  These were all on sale.  Amazon costs for replacing those books (giving me a needless 2nd copy) would probably cost you $500 USD ($700-$800 New Zealand dollars).  

Shall I send you my Amazon account so you can gift those books?

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:44 PM

Rob:

I don't know about the copyright restrictions.  I don't share these books with others and all have been paid for legally.

Your comments suggesting "just buy another copy" however may be fine for those in the USA who have too much money.  For the rest of us, perhaps you would like to gift all those Amazon copies to us.  I have recently bought about $300 New Zealand dollars on Logos books.  These were all on sale.  Amazon costs for replacing those books (giving me a needless 2nd copy) would probably cost you $500 USD ($700-$800 New Zealand dollars).  

Shall I send you my Amazon account so you can gift those books?

Just post the name and Logos price for a single eBook.  Then go to the Australia Amazon site and post its eBook price from there.  Post them both in US dollars.  I'm curious now how much the duplication would really cost for one eBook.  If you just wait a few months, maximum, I'm sure the Logos eBook will be able to be read with full search functionality with the Kindle Fire using the Logos Android App without access to WiFi.  Also, remember this exported book will NOT have full search capability on the Kindle Fire.  It will only work properly on the Kindle Keyboard.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:48 PM

Sir Maru:
Doesn't this technique violate Logos and other other publisher copyright protections?

Noticed Logos article (EULA) => http://www.logos.com/ArticleViewer/2090 includes:

TITLE

 

We remain the owner of all right, title and interest in the Software and Documentation. Ownership of the Content remains with Copyright holders.

 

ARCHIVAL OR BACKUP COPIES

 

You may either:

- make one copy of the Software solely for backup or archival purposes, or

- transfer the Software to a single hard disk, provided you keep the original solely for backup or archival purposes.

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT DO

 

The Software, Content, and Documentation are protected by United States copyright laws and international treaties. You must treat the Software, Content, and Documentation as copyrighted material. You may not:

- copy the Documentation,

- copy the Software or Content except to make archival or backup copies as provided above,

- modify or adapt the Software or merge it into another program,

- reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or make any attempt to discover the source code of the Software,

- place the Software or Content onto a server so that it is accessible via a public network such as the Internet,

- sublicense, rent, lease or lend any portion of the Software, Content, or Documentation, or

- reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or make any attempt to "unlock" or circumvent the digital copyright protection of the Content.


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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:51 PM

As I said, I bought a bunch of Vyrso books on special.  These were all less that $5 New Zealand dollars.

Amazon's price was about $15-$20 USD each (about $20-$25 New Zealand dollars).

Why are you referring to Android apps?  This is irrelevant to me.  I use a Mac and iPad and Kindle.  I have no interest in the Android devices.  Since I moved to Mac, I realize just how good they are compared to M$ and the fragmented spyware-infested Android market. (Did I read that ~30% of Android apps have spyware built in?)

Re search -- sure, Kindle is useless in this regard.  But, it is a great reading device.  I can stick a book on it and enjoy the reading.  Not so with a backlit device.

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 3:56 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Sir Maru:
Doesn't this technique violate Logos and other other publisher copyright protections?

Noticed Logos article (EULA) => http://www.logos.com/ArticleViewer/2090 includes:

You may not:

-- reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or make any attempt to "unlock" or circumvent the digital copyright protection of the Content.


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That seems to confirm my initial premise.  Thanks.

Buying a second copy conforms to all present laws so far as I know and is the proper way to use eBooks with more than one brand of device or software.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:03 PM

Rob:
Why are you referring to Android apps?

Amazon's Kindle Fire runs a customized Android version => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindle_Fire

Amazon's App Store for Android includes Logos mobile apps => http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/184-3750027-5362545?url=search-alias%3Dmobile-apps&field-keywords=logos+bible+software so export is not needed to use your Logos licensed content on an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Older Amazon Kindle devices with e-ink displays have a different operating system => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle

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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:05 PM

 

Yeah, the copyright thing is interesting.

In New Zealand the law until recently was that you could not copy your CDs onto your MP3 player.  I think it has since been changed.

Of course, the legal stuff says "no copying" -- it has to in case people violate the rules to the detriment of the publishers and / or Logos.  In reality, many of us are using Kindles to read our Logos books (read the forums).

Letter of the law versus the spirit of the law ?

So what is the reality of the situation? Many are using Kindles and violating the letter of the law, but we do so anyway and don't share or copy or steal our books.  If Logos or the publishers were to prosecute, then they wouldn't since the cost would be too high, and probably they would lose in the court of public opinion.  I for one would stop purchasing from Logos and go elsewhere.

I would love to buy all my books from Logos as it keeps the dollars inside the Christian community where it is so needed.  Perhaps a dedicated Logos-Kindle would be a good future option?

 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:15 PM

I currently have three copies of every single one of my resources, and five copies of some (home desktop, home laptop, work desktop, plus iPhone and/or iPad). This is all OK, because the EULA says "We hereby grant You a nonexclusive license to use the Software and "unlocked" Content on the computer or computers used primarily by You, the licensed user. (For example, on a home, office, and laptop computer, all of which are used primarily by You.)"

But that could also be interpreted as including Kindles, could it not, so long as the Kindle is used primarily by you?

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:15 PM

Rob:

 So what is the reality of the situation? Many are using Kindles and violating the letter of the law, but we do so anyway and don't share or copy or steal our books.  If Logos or the publishers were to prosecute, then they wouldn't since the cost would be too high, and probably they would lose in the court of public opinion.  I for one would stop purchasing from Logos and go elsewhere.

I would love to buy all my books from Logos as it keeps the dollars inside the Christian community where it is so needed.  Perhaps a dedicated Logos-Kindle would be a good future option?

 

Logos has a beta android app now for the Kindle Fire.  It still requires WiFi available for proper searches.  Thus, I've purchased equivalent Tecarta eBibles and eNotes from Amazon specifically designed for rapid searches on a Kindle Fire as a temporary measure to duplicate my Logos eBibles.  They each run $ 5.99 USD.  They do search super fast without WiFi being available.

As soon as Logos gets their android app to gold, I'll only be using my Logos resources on the Kindle Fire.  The Kindle Fire is far better than the Kindle Keyboards other than the glare problem.  That is easily correctible by using a glare shield as available here:

http://www.amazon.com/GreatShield-EZseal-Guaranteed-Anti-Glare-Protector/dp/B006NZ8YDG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332112374&sr=1-1

You did not itemize a single resource but approximated.  Kindle also has sales and price changes.  If a PUBLISHER requires a higher price than Amazon's, that is clerly stated and I probably would avoid that resource unless it was very necessary.

Anyway, we are only talking about a wait of a few months and Logos will have an app perfectly tailored for the Kindle Fire without WiFi being required for searches.

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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:29 PM

Well, I'm glad it works for you Sir Maru.  Living in the USA and having plenty of $$$ must be nice.  I'm currently unemployed with a young family.  Hopefully I have a job starting in a few weeks.

People use Logos and eBooks using various devices.  As I said, I'm not using your tools and have no intention of changing my Kindles for a Kindle Fire just so I can read and search Logos books.

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Rob | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:33 PM

Mark Barnes:

I currently have three copies of every single one of my resources, and five copies of some (home desktop, home laptop, work desktop, plus iPhone and/or iPad). This is all OK, because the EULA says "We hereby grant You a nonexclusive license to use the Software and "unlocked" Content on the computer or computers used primarily by You, the licensed user. (For example, on a home, office, and laptop computer, all of which are used primarily by You.)"

But that could also be interpreted as including Kindles, could it not, so long as the Kindle is used primarily by you?

Think how nice it would be if there was an "Export to Kindle" in Logos.  Perhaps Logos could do this and DRM the exported book so it only worked on the owner's Kindles.  I would not even care if they exported the book in two halves and DRMed them to my Kindles, or time limited them as Lendle.me and Amazon do.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:45 PM

Sir Maru:
Buying a second copy conforms to all present laws so far as I know and is the proper way to use eBooks with more than one brand of device or software.

I don't know if the legal system has fully come to terms with the new opportunities and challenges involved with eBooks. But at least in the music industry it is legal to "format shift" for yourself in order to be able to play music you have legally purchased on other devices. For example, you may rip a CD onto your computer to MP3 format and then copy it from there onto your MP3 player. Laws differ from country to country, but here's the info about why this is legal in the US: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_copying#United_States (Key sentence: "17 U.S.C. § 1008, as legislated by the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, says that non-commercial copying by consumers of digital and analog musical recordings is not copyright infringement.")

I presume the laws will catch up for eBooks eventually, as people who own a book they purchased ought to be able to read it on any device of theirs without paying for it again. Of course you are safer for now buying it again, and you might save yourself some time and have a better quality reading experience if you purchase it again. That's the same idea with buying the CD instead of making a recording off your old LP of some album and burning it as a CD, even though you would have been perfectly in legal rights to make your own copy. The purchased CD will probably be of better quality. As digital technology improves, though, laws will have to be rethought. The key is making sure that the creative people who make the content in the first place are not being cheated out of revenues they deserve.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:46 PM

Rob:

Of course, the legal stuff says "no copying" -- it has too in case people violate the rules to the detriment of the publishers and / or Logos.  In reality, many of us are using Kindles to read our Logos books (read the forums).

Letter of the law versus the spirit of the law ?

A Logos Bible Search for:

(obey,subject) (authority,law)

finds a variety of verses to study and ponder.  Personally value a wonderful loving relationship with God more; want to avoid any appearance of evil.

Rob:
I would love to buy all my books from Logos as it keeps the dollars inside the Christian community where it is so needed.  Perhaps a dedicated Logos-Kindle would be a good future option?

Found a rumor about color e-ink Kindle (maybe later this year) => http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/02/20/amazon-kindle-e-ink-color-device-in-the-works/

Wonder if rumored device would use a customized Android like the Amazon Kindle Fire ? so Logos mobile apps could be used for licensed content access (plus sync notes and highlighting, ...)

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:48 PM

Mark Barnes:

I currently have three copies of every single one of my resources, and five copies of some (home desktop, home laptop, work desktop, plus iPhone and/or iPad). This is all OK, because the EULA says "We hereby grant You a nonexclusive license to use the Software and "unlocked" Content on the computer or computers used primarily by You, the licensed user. (For example, on a home, office, and laptop computer, all of which are used primarily by You.)"

But that could also be interpreted as including Kindles, could it not, so long as the Kindle is used primarily by you?

I presume that you are using Logos software on all those devices or just storing copies which cannot be used without the Logos software.  Using all Logos resources on a Kindle Fire complies with all the rules if you use the Logos Android App there.

Stripping out copy protection still violates the EULA as demonstrated earlier in this thread.

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 4:53 PM

Rob:

Well, I'm glad it works for you Sir Maru.  Living in the USA and having plenty of $$ must be nice.  I'm currently unemployed with a young family.  Hopefully I have a job starting in a few weeks.

People use Logos and eBooks using various devices.  As I said, I'm not using your tools and have no intention of changing my Kindles for a Kindle Fire just so I can read and search Logos books.

Rob, I'm not sure if this applies to Australia but in America one can purchase Amazon Prime for $ 80 per year.  With it one can BORROW at no cost up to one eBook per month and keep it out as long as one wants.  However, one must return it if one wants to take out another loaned eBook.

Publishers must give Amazon approval for their books to qualify for the Amazon Loan Program.  I use that program extensively and so does my wife.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 5:02 PM

Rob:
 Living in the USA and having plenty of $$ must be nice.  I'm currently unemployed with a young family.  Hopefully I have a job starting in a few weeks.

Am aware of five Logos users in the USA who are unemployed, including one that has a family with four children.  Currently 20 % in the USA are looking for better paying positions so employers have many applicants for open positions.

Praying for God to open doors for honest work, especially for unemployed Logos users worldwide.

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Sir Maru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 18 2012 5:04 PM

Rosie Perera:

Sir Maru:
Buying a second copy conforms to all present laws so far as I know and is the proper way to use eBooks with more than one brand of device or software.

I presume the laws will catch up for eBooks eventually, as people who own a book they purchased ought to be able to read it on any device of theirs without paying for it again. Of course you are safer for now buying it again, and you might save yourself some time and have a better quality reading experience if you purchase it again. That's the same idea with buying the CD instead of making a recording off your old LP of some album and burning it as a CD, even though you would have been perfectly in legal rights to make your own copy. The purchased CD will probably be of better quality. As digital technology improves, though, laws will have to be rethought. The key is making sure that the creative people who make the content in the first place are not being cheated out of revenues they deserve.

Amazon sells all songs for 99 cents US each.  One does not have to buy the CD.  One gets that MP3 song as a download and can use it on any device by a single owner.  There is no copy protection on that MP3 file other than a 6 digit serial number which may not be removed.  That is why I buy all my songs from Amazon.  Apple, on the other hand, still uses a form of copy protection for the same songs.  Stripping out the Amazon 6 digit serial numbers from their songs would also probably violate their EULA.

Many song authors also now provide FREE downloads of some of their songs at their own sites and bypass the music publishers. They do that to promote their club dates and sales of other songs.

Logos also offers free books from time to time and has sales on other books.  All of these comply with the EULA if one does not strip out the copy protection.

Recently Amazon is now publishing eBooks directly and bypassing publishers entirely.  Those books are sold at a very low price and are just as good as any other books.

In the long run its far easier to comply with all the rules and use legal work arounds rather than buck the system.

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