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Friday 18 April 2014
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Creating e-books on Windows

Sample e-books: ePub · Kindle

Note for Kindle users: click here for instructions for the Amazon Kindle.

What you need

Installation

First of all, download and install Universalis for Windows, if you haven't done so already.

The newly downloaded program will work in the month of installation and in the month after it. You can activate it to get rid of this time limit, but don't do this until you are certain that you are happy with what Universalis offers.

1. Set up your chosen calendar and translations

Universalis gives you various local calendars, for various parts of the world. If you haven't already done so, you should tell Universalis which calendar you want.

Open the Universalis program. The top of the screen will look something like this:

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(if this is not what you see then you are probably looking at the Universalis web site and not using the Universalis program directly).

Click on the arrow in the left-hand corner, and you'll see a menu:

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Select the "Calendars" option and make sure that you have selected the local calendar that you want.

Translations

Universalis gives you a choice of translations, so choose the ones you want (if you haven't already done so in the past).

To do this, follow the same instructions as for the calendars, but select the "Translations" option from the menu.

Note for blind readers: if you are using Universalis in "Screen Reader" mode, you won't have an arrow in the top left. Select "Options" from the menu bar instead.

2. Create the ePub e-book on your PC

With the Universalis program open, click on the arrow in the left-hand corner and select the "Create e-book" option:

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If you don't see a "Create e-book..." menu item, but separate items called "Create ePub e-book" and "Create Kindle e-book", then you are using an older version of Universalis. Download and install the latest version, because it is much easier to use.

Then follow the instructions on the screen. Universalis will ask you what e-book format you want: choose ePub, not Kindle. Then it will ask you what dates you want to cover in your e-book, and what pages you want for each day.

Finally, Universalis will create the e-book you have asked for.

When the e-book is ready, this is what you will see:

The final step is to transfer the file to your e-book reader. Once you have done this, you can remove the file from your desktop because it's no longer needed.

Getting the e-book onto your device

The best thing to do now is to press "Save to Desktop", which will move the newly-created e-book file onto your desktop. From there, you need to get it onto your e-book reader.

We can't give you specific advice about this because each e-book reader is different. But your device will have come with instructions for transferring e-book files to it from your PC. Follow them. The usual sequence of events is that you plug your reader into your PC and then drag the e-book file from your desktop to a specific folder in the device — but do read the instructions because some e-book readers may require you to take additional steps after you have done this.

Please note that the e-books you create are for your private use only and must not be given or distributed to other people.

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