So you’ve created an ePub file using one of the many available ePub-generation tools, but the ePub file doesn’t look right. How do you fix it?
Depending on the tool, you might try to edit the files used to generate the ePub, and then run the conversion again. You could also unzip the ePub file, make changes to the file(s) with the problem, and then zip the files back up again, but that requires knowledge of HTML/CSS and XML.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just edit the ePub file directly and make the required tweaks? Jutoh is a tool that allows you to do just that.
Jutoh is a friendlier version of my favourite ePub creation tool, eCub. It’s designed for folks with less technical knowledge than those who feel comfortable using eCub. I tried it out, and it appears to be eCub wrapped in a warm and fuzzy user interface that makes creating and editing ePub files a snap.
You can use Jutoh to create ePub files from Word, though not directly. Jutoh will create ePub files from OpenOffice (ODT) files, and OpenOffice just happens to read Word files. Therefore, you can go from Word to ePub by loading your Word file into OpenOffice, saving it as an ODT file, and then importing it into Jutoh. OpenOffice is free.
You can also use Jutoh to design a cover for your eBook. Interested in publishing to the Kindle? Jutoh can also generate Mobipocket files, the format the Kindle uses.
The demo version of Jutoh is free and limits you to 20 document scraps, which might not be a hindrance depending on your book. The full version of Jutoh only costs $22 USD, a steal for those who need to format multiple eBooks.
If you publish eBooks in ePub format, Jutoh is worth checking out.