If you want to create an ebook, you need to do the following before going to the
"Generate HTML" section of Scrollistic.
Download and unzip Kindlegen manually from here
You will need to provide a front cover image file and save it into you
project folder with the name "cover.jpg".
When you click "Generate HTML" you are taken to the Front Matter page where you specify Title, Author and any Copyright
information you wish to include.
It also has an option to generate an OPF file. You should choose this option
if you wish to build an ebook. Scrollistic can integrate with Kindlegen (Amazon's
free tool which builds a Kindle ebook or .mobi file). An OPF file is the information
Kindlegen requires to build a mobi file. If you want to use Kindlegen you must
generate an OPF file.
If you intend to print your document or print to PDF you do not need an OPF file.
When you have completed this stage, click "Next" (top left)
If you opted to create an OPF file you will now fill in the fields required for an OPF file.
When you have completed this stage, click "Next".
The styling screen allows you to choose a CSS style sheet for your document.
The standard ebook style will generate Kindle friendly HTML including a live table of contents.
If you have a basic understanding of web design you can edit the default style should you
When you are happy with this stage, click "Next" (top left)
Advanced use. We have also exposed the identifiers for certain elements of the generated HTML, such
as the first paragraph in a chapter or the default paragraph. You can edit the style
ID but ensure it corresponds to a style sheet entry or the style will be ignored.
For example, the default book title style id is "t200", so there must be a style entry
with an ID of ".t200".
The final stage in the HTML generation is to assign a filename for the output file.
If you wish to create an ebook using Kindlegen, this is where you tell Scrollistic
where you have placed the unzipped Kindlegen.exe file.
Scrollistic cannot run Kindlegen automatically due to the Windows 10 security system.
What we can do to help is to produce a file called "runkindlegen.bat". If you have told
Scrollistic where kindlegen.exe is located we create a file to run it in your
documents folder. All you have to do is double click the file from Windows Explorer and it
will generate a .mobi file. There are security warnings you will have to allow if
you have Windows Smartscreen turned on.
Security note - "Runkindlegen.bat" can be opened with windows noteped to view the
contents before running it.
Scrollistic produces several files in the project folder:
document.data - The main project document.
yyyymmdd.daycount - The number of words in the document on the day specified.
This should only be present for the current day.
statistics.history - Word counts over time, used to power the statistics graph.
kindlegen.log - The output text file from the kindlegen process.
YOURNAME.html - The generated HTML.
(YOURNAME is the file name you entered during the HTML generation phase.)
This file is overwritten by Scrollistic. If you want to manually edit the HTML,
move it or copy it to another folder first.
cover.jpg This is the image file for the front cover of your mobi file.
You will have to provide this yourself.
Once HTML generation is complete you can open the file and
see the formatted document in your default web browser.
You can also print it from your browser.
If you want to produce a PDF file of your document. Open it in your
default browser and select "Microsoft print to PDF" as the printer.
You can then enter a save file name and save the PDF file.