A New Conversion Program

September 9, 2008

I have been manually converting and reformatting each of Richard 19 books in preparation for re-issuing new publications.  He typed each chapter (Sometimes each page) as a new page in a new folder so there are many files for each book.  My goal is to convert his walking guide books to all electronic format so as new information is added (such as different B&B’s, changes in the path, corrections Richard may have made in a path description) it would be easy to change the “Masters” for our desk-top publishing of these books.  Also the covers are being digitized and modified to add flexibility for changing the cover and to allow uploading images to the website.

I purchased a conversion program and tried it out.  So far I have learned how to install it and have tried it out converting “A Pilgrim’s Way” and “The British Footpath Handbook”.

In the past, it has been taking me 3 to 4 weeks to convert each book.  So far after 2 days of work I have been able to convert about 80%-90% of theses two books.  In a couple more days I should have these two books essentially finished.

To date I have converted 7 books in about a year.  These two books look like it will take about 4 to 5 days.  At this rate I should have all 19 books converted by the end of the year.  I would like to re-issue them as new editions with a 2009 copyright.

My next goal is to get back to the website and finish installing and activating the PAYPAL buttons.

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