I'm just getting started with my shiny new Kindle. The main purpose I have for it is to be able to conveniently read a lot of fiction freely (and legally) available on the internet.
For this purpose, I need a way to easily create very simple e-reader-friendly versions of existing, available material.
Ideally, I would like to:
- Copy-paste material into the ebook. Assume material is text with simple formatting, e.g. at the level of bold and italic typefaces. This is mostly material I'm directly copy-pasting off web pages.
- Mark where segments begin and end (e.g. complete stories, acts of a play, chapters of a book)
Nice bonuses would be:
- Simple conversion to a Kindle-readable format (so I wouldn't have to go through Calibre every time)
- Preview ability, so I can see that the created file looks roughly as I expect it to, without transferring to my Kindle or using a third program.
A major issue I've had with my attempts so far is that I haven't found an ebook format editor that I can simply copy-paste content into - plain text would work; but lose even basic formatting; html isn't copy-paste-able; the ebook-specific formats I'm less familiar with, and I assume they need their own editor; Word documents aren't easily convertible for e-readers.
Example usages would be collecting a bunch of stories from an online fiction magazine, or converting this play into an ebook file which can flip easily between acts. For personal use only, it doesn't need to be at all polished.
Clarification: I am brand new to the Kindle and to ebooks in general, so it is entirely possible I am unfamiliar with basic terms, tools and conventions.