Notes from the past…

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Create your own eBooks

Several months ago, I wrote a couple of eBooks about Isaac Turner’s and Nathan Blunt Kennedy’s Civil War experiences. I created these at Lulu for free. I thought at the time they turned out pretty well.

So this morning when I read about a site for creating and storing ebooks for free, I decided to check it. I wanted to see if my eBooks would look better at the new site, Myebooks.

So I uploaded my Turner book which at 62 pages took about 45 min with my DSL connection. Not bad, I needed to clean up my house anyway. :)

I got an email that the upload was ready to view, so I clicked on the link. Wow! Impressive! I think the term is web 2.0. My book looks great! Check it out:

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Nothing about the book has changed, but the presentation is too cool! I love the animation as I turn the pages of the book.

I don’t plan to revise anything with my first 2 eBooks. But I do plan to write a new one, probably about my McBurnetts. This site has so much to offer! I can hardly wait…!

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An office person I'm not!

I have been fighting (literally, it seems!) with OpenOffice Writer for 2 days! I have been trying to put together an ebook of Dr N B Kennedy’s Civil War service, and Writer has been bucking me all the way. It’s probably me, as I have never taken so much as one “office” class, such as typing or how to use an office-type computer program or the like. Yesterday I had the entire book complete, with but a few little typos yet to resolve, and somehow I managed to freeze Writer over and over again! I even found an online word processor that I could upload my file to, and it froze! Apparently in creating the file, I turned left instead of turning right and created a corrupt or otherwise unopenable file. I had saved a bit of the manuscript as a simple text file, but most of it was lost when I was forced to delete the entire file. Writer would not open at all as long as the file was on my hard drive!

Of course I still have all of the original documents and those graphics that I had created for the book, so when I got home from work this afternoon, I began the book anew.

So now I am about halfway through the “rewrite”, as it is much simpler to put it together a second time. Hopefully, the ebook will be finished (again!) by tomorrow evening and I will be able to upload it to my Lulu storefront.