Sorry. The only thing I've found to do in that situation is to copy and paste sentences and parts of sentences onto a new word file and then when I've come to the place where they belong I copy from that file and past them where they belong. But it's time-consuming, and I don't recommend it unless you're interested in the story and want to continue proofing it or are as compulsive as I. I recommend rejecting it with the explanation of the problem. Cindy Wish List (i.e., books wanted added to the collection) and books-being-scanned list available at sites below Wish List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Bookshare+Wish+List Books Being Scanned List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Books+Being+Scanned+List --- On Sat, 3/13/10, Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Any easy way in Word to convert book submitted as > two-column rtf ? > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:57 PM > I'm proofreading a young adult novel > that's really had me frustrated. > > Every page is really two pages. They obviously > scanned it two pages at a time, and when it was OCRed they > didn't convert it correctly. It ended up as every > "page" in the rtf really being two pages, coded in word as > two side-by-side columns. > > The book has zero page breaks. They are all section breaks, > which are usually easy to convert. In this case, when > I convert them, it runs the two columns (that are really two > separate pages, side by side) together. On top of that, it > gives me a book that is one long column and only one letter > wide! Then, it still has a kind of section break that's > occurring on pages that have footnotes that I've never seen > before. The ^b command does not find those, and I can't get > Word to copy them so I can't figure out an ascii code for > them that way. I can't delete them easily, either. > I've had to go through the book by visually looking for > them, putting a blank line before and after them, > highlighting that little section, and then deleting it. I > did a google search, and haven't come up with a code for it > either. > > Has anyone found a way using Word to easily convert a book > like this into text that correctly has the pages one after > another instead of side by side? Highlighting the entire > book and removing the columns didn't work. I tried that > several different ways. > > I figured out a messy brute-force way to do it finally, by > grabbing all the text and dumping it into a new rtf file as > a special paste with no formatting. That gives me the > text pretty much correctly (not completely - sometimes the > columns are still intermingled), but I have to put in all > the page breaks individually now. That isn't too bad, > because it was missing half of the page breaks > anyways. However, I can only find the missing ones by > comparing the original rtf visually with my new rtf since > half of the page numbers are missing. Yuck. > > Any thoughts on other ways to do this are welcome! > The scan, by the way, is beautiful to look at if you are > sighted. It is an exact match to what the book must > have looked like in printed form. But it's totally > wrong for what we need! It's been checked out and > released by several volunteers before me, and I sure know > why! smile. > > Judy s. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the > word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.