Zune eBook Creator - FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Minimum System Requirements
How to use Zune eBook Creator
How to copy result of suite to Zune device
I have converted an e-book with Zune eBook Creator and uploaded it into Zune. But pages in Zune appeared to be in disorder.
Pages of the Zune ebook scroll too fast
What resolution shall be used for various Zune versions
Pages of the Zune ebook are transversed
How to install Zune Software in Windows 2008
  • Minimum System Requirements:

    Intel or AMD CPU 300 Mhz and above
    RAM 64 Mb and above
    Free space 5 Mb on HDD
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/2008/Vista/7

  • How to use Zune eBook Creator

    1. Start Zune eBook Creator
    2. Select a source file
    3. Select a destination folder
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    4. Click "Convert"
    5. Please, wait a few minutes to convert
    6. Copy converted suite of files to your Zune

  • How to copy result of suite to Zune device

    1. Convert an e-book
    2. Open a destination folder
    3. Connect Zune to your PC
    4. Copy files from a destination folder to Zune using Zune Software
    5. Read your e-book in “Pictures” section

  • I have converted an e-book with Zune eBook Creator and uploaded it into Zune. But pages in Zune appeared to be in disorder.

    1. Make sure that you use Zune Software 4.0 or more. If not – update your Zune Software.
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    2. Make sure that in Zune “shuffle” mode is off for pictures.
    3. Make sure that “Sort by name” (not “Sort by date”) is ticked.
    4. Start Zune eBook Creator on your computer
    5. Convert an ebook in a new folder NOT synchronized with your Zune.
    6. Add this folder to Zune Software for synchronization
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    7. Synchronize
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    After these operations are done, pages will come in order. Unfortunately, it is a specific feature of Zune Software and we cannot change it.

  • Pages of the Zune ebook scroll too fast

    I have downloaded converted files in Zune, but cannot read them as they scroll before I have read a page.
    The mode slideshow shall be switched off when reading ebooks. When you read an ebook, push the right button of Zune and choose "Pause".

  • What resolution shall be used for various Zune versions

    For Zune versions 4, 8, 16, 30, 80, 120 it’s better to use resolution by default, 320x240, but for HD version resolution 480x272 shall be used. You can choose resolution in the second tab (Page Settings) in Page Size.
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot

  • Pages of the Zune ebook are transversed

    I have converted a file with standard settings, but pictures in Zune are transversed, so there is free space above and below them.
    1. Try to use Rotate function on the second tab of Zune eBook Creator
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    2. If this didn’t help, run Zune Software -> Settings -> Device -> Player Update. It shall be the version 3.20 (35) or more.
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot
    3. If this also didn’t help, please make sure that you use Zune Software version 4 or more. If not – download and install it.
    Zune eBook Creator Screenshot

  • How to install Zune Software in Windows 2008

    In my experience, Microsoft products that target consumers often disable the ability to install on server operating systems to minimize their testing and support burden. Unfortunately, that means programmers who often use server operating systems as their “all in one” development machine are out of luck. Fortunately, programmers are usually good with software and can find other ways to make it work... even if that means the result isn't supported.
    So, if you really want the Zune software and are prepared to go unsupported, follow these few steps:
    1. Download Zune Software - note that there is a 32-bit and 64-bit option. Pick the right one.
    Note: I download all my software to "C:\Users\robmen\Downloads" so the rest of these instructions will use that directory. In future steps, be sure to change that part of the example.
    2. Start elevated command shell - to successfully install the Zune software, we will need full administrative privileges. The easiest way to do that is start cmd.exe elevated.
    Start Button -> Type "cmd" -> Right click on "cmd.exe" -> Choose "Run as administrator".
    Note: You will be prompted to allow cmd.exe to run, click "Yes".
    3. Extract the files from the Zune software package - it turns out the Windows 2008 R2 condition check is in the bootstrapper not the installation package. So we to extract the Zune software's .msi file.
    Type "C:\Users\robmen\Downloads\zunesetuppkg-x64.exe /x" (without the quotes).
    Note: If you chose 32-bit option in step 1, change the "zunesetuppkg-x64.exe" to "zunesetuppkg-x86.exe".
    4. Pick your extraction directory - the Zune software will prompt you for where you want the package extracted. I chose:
    Type "C:\Users\robmen\Downloads\ZuneSetup" (again, without the quotes).
    5. Install Zune software elevated - elevated is the key word here. The Zune install expects to be elevated when running and will fail if not. Fortunately, in step 2 we made sure our command shell was elevated.
    Type: "C:\Users\robmen\Downloads\ZuneSetup\packages\Zune-x64.msi"
    Note: If you chose the 32-bit option in step 1, change the "Zune-x64.msi" to "Zune-x86.msi".
    If all goes well, you should see a progress bar and when it disappears the Zune software should be installed. Remember this isn't a Microsoft supported configuration but I've been using it for a while now and everything works perfectly.