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In her latest BLOG Liz Castro explains that you can use Open Office with an extension...Writer2ePub by Luca Calsinai to convert directly from your .odt to ePub. So she is correct in her Title:
Step by step.
1.If you don't already have Open Office go get it! It is free. Install it.
2. Next download writer2ePub extension from the open office extensions directory.
3. Go to Open Office and open a text file.
4. Go to "Tools/extension manager" click add, find the zip file writer2ePub.zip and click. Installation is automatic.
You will now see three new icons:
Now if you, like me, have your documents saved as Word.doc files go ahead and open one in Open Office.
If you followed my process from Easy eBook Publishing you are more or less set already. You may wish to go into styles and play around with your heading settings. there may be small problems with Bookmarks and hyperlinks as the default sttings inside Open Office may NOT match the settings you used when you built your document in MS Word. So go and check them out and make them the same.
5. Now click the left most icon and fill in the metadata.
Now click the right most icon and set your preferences.
Go find you newly created "document.ePub" in the directory and open it using Adobe Digital Editions. Check it out to ensure it is what you want the way you want.
Should sail right through Barnes & Noble or iApple.
as Liz said: Quickest, easiest, cheapest way to produce an ePub.