[bksvol-discuss] Re: A few questions about circumventing the stripper, entering descriptive text, and handling tables

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 16:32:20 -0800 (PST)

Hi, Maria,

1. Yes, you're formatting correctly. No, you don't
have too man blank lines.

2. I do number blank lines if they're in sequence, so
peopple won't thinbk they're missing anything.
Sometimes I've numbered the beginning pages if the
first chapter does not begin with page 1. I've gone
back from whatever the number wasn, e.g., seven, and
numbered each previous page accordingly, but with
arabic, not roman numverals--unles the pages
themselves, like an introduction or something, have
roman numberals.  (I wonder why we say arabic numbers
but roman  numerals--hmmm.) With the last book I did,
though, I just put a note in the long synopsis that
the main text began with page 8.

I put line break, space, the page number (by
itself--no bracket or anything--I used to, and even
put "blank pge," but as Gerald pointed out, then the
page is no longer blank--and people objected to having
to heard "bracket") space and page break.

3. I do what you did re front and back covers and the
flaps, but I don't bother with the word "text"

4. I think what you've done with the table is
fine--more than enough. It nicely puts the books in
the series under the series title. I don't think you
need the chronology of the different series. It's the
order of books in a series that's important. I think
you did a wonderful job that will help people who want
to read the author's books.

You are certainly a valuable volunteer and we are m
ost grateful.


--- Maria Kristic <maria6289@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Forgive the simplicity of the questions, but I'm new
> at all of this.
> First, from lurking on this list for a little while
> and such, I gather that
> there's a particular format one must follow to
> protect chapter titles and to
> ensure that page numbers are correctly formatted
> (i.e., not part of the
> first or last paragraphs of a page). Below is the
> format I am using when
> removing headers from a book I'm planning to submit.
> I believe I understood
> the correct format accurately, but could someone
> please confirm/correct the
> below for me? The format is:
> [Last line of text on page]
> [Blank Line]
> [Page break]
> [Blank line]
> [Page number]
> [Blank line]
> [First line of text on next page]
> When a chapter title is involved, everything's the
> same, but after the page
> number, it is:
> [Page number]
> [Blank line]
> [Chapter title]
> [Blank line]
> [First line of text on the next page]
> Is that right, or am I using too many blank lines?
> Second, I'm wondering about numbering of blank and
> preliminary pages. Do I
> need to number them with Roman numerals or such, so
> that the pagination
> sequence remains in tact when the automated
> Bookshare tools create the DAISY
> and BRF copies, or is the pagination simply created
> in accordance with the
> page breaks, so that numbering the blank and
> preliminary pages wouldn't
> matter? I've numbered them with Roman numerals using
> the format specified
> above, but if that's not the correct thing to do, I
> can always remove them.
> What should I do?
> Next, since I scanned the front, back, and inside
> front covers, I've placed
> text in brackets to indicate this on the relevant
> pages, following the
> format above as if the descriptive text was a
> chapter title. For instance,
> I've typed [Front cover text] and [End of front
> cover text], [Back cover
> text] and [End of back cover text], and [Inside
> cover text] and [End of
> inside cover text] (with the brackets). After the
> page number of the
> relevant page, I've put a blank line, followed by
> the descriptive text,
> followed by another blank line, and finally followed
> by the first line of
> text on the page (i.e., the first line of the front,
> back, or inside cover
> text). For the End of portions, I've put a blank
> line after the last line of
> text on the page, followed by the ending text,
> followed by a blank line,
> followed by the page break. Is it OK to do this, and
> is the format correct,
> or should I just avoid doing it altogether?
> Finally, there is a table in this book listing all
> of the author's books.
> Before this table, as part of the inside cover text,
> is a chronological
> listing of these same books, which I've included in
> the file, so this table
> is essentially a repeat of the inside cover text. It
> scanned in K1000 as a
> table, but I converted the table to text. The
> original table was made up of
> two, side-by-side columns, each containing different
> lists of series (this
> author tends to write books in series). When it was
> converted to text, Word
> (which I used to do the conversion because I was
> editing in Word at that
> moment) placed the columns underneath one another,
> but rather than listing
> all values of Column 1 followed by all values of
> Column 2, under each value
> of Column 1 was its corresponding value for Column
> 2. So, for instance, it
> looks like:
> Title of series 1
> Title of Series 2
> Book 1 of Series 1
> Book 1 of Series 2
> Book 2 of Series 1
> Book 2 of Series 2
> etc.
> I've rearranged the text, so that each of the series
> titles are listed
> correctly and chronologically under their respective
> titles. So for
> instance, under Series 1 are listed the five books
> of that series in
> chronological order, followed by the title of Series
> 2 and its corresponding
> books, etc. My question, however, is whether I
> should arrange the series
> themselves chronologically in the order in which
> they were written, as they
> are presented in the inside cover? The table was
> arranged such that, in
> order to read the series titles in the order in
> which they were written, the
> reader would read all the way down the left column
> and then read down the
> right column. So, for instance, following my above
> example, where I've
> designated odd numbers for the left-hand column and
> even numbers for the
> right, Series 1 was the first one the author wrote,
> followed by Series 3,
> then 5, and so on, and when the last series in the
> left-hand column was
> reached, the reader would look at the top of the
> right-hand column, meaning
> the next series written was Series 2, then Series 4,
> and so on until the end
> of the table was reached. My question, therefore, is
> whether I should
> rearrange this table further to reflect the order in
> which the series were
> written, or should I leave it as described above
> (i.e., first series of left
> column, followed by first series in right column,
> followed by second series
> in left column, etc.), considering that the series
> titles are already listed
> in chronological order elsewhere? Or should I
> reformat, so that all of the
> left-hand column's content is listed, followed by
> all of the right-hand
> column's content underneath that?
> Sorry for all the excessive verbiage, but I just
> wanted to make sure I
> explained myself clearly. I do hope all of the above
> was clear, and thanks
> so much for any assistance any of you can provide.
> Regards,
> Maria
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