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04-18-2012, 07:39 PM
This thread is intended to collect pointers to ePub generation/conversion tools and ePub reading tools that have been submitted by MobileRead users. It is intended to provide only links and brief descriptions. It is not the place to discuss tools or the need for tools.
Today, many nice tools have drifted off the first page and users can have difficulty finding them or even knowing that they exist. To make all of these threads into stickies makes the sticky section way too long and using subforums means that new posting don't show up in the main thread where most people look. This is a bit experimental and if it is not abused with off topic posts I think it will be a useful reference for users.
Tool makers should post their tool first in its own thread with a link for downloading the tool in the first post. Then they can add their tool with a brief description to this thread to aid people in finding the tool thread. There is no reason that multiple tools cannot be in the same post as I have done. Secondary titles can be used to identify the tool.
The rest of this thread is reserved for posting links to tools. Thanks for you cooperation.
04-18-2012, 07:51 PM
The Sigil ePub editor can be found at: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=203 It is a Cross-platform (Linux, Windows and OS X) tool.
The Calibre conversion and reading tool can be found at: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=166 Please post any Calibre specific questions and comments in that forum instead of this ePub one.
Writer2ePub is ePub creation tool and can be found at: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=230 An OpenOffice extension to create ePub documents with OpenOffice.
EPUBReader is an ePub reader and can be found at: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=211 An add-on designed to read books in ePub format from within the Firefox and SeaMonkey browsers.
04-18-2012, 08:08 PM
Atlantis Word Processor - ePub creation tool. This is a commercial product with active thread support here. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48775
eScape - Free Open Office Writer to ePub Creator! http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39884
Free epub creation tool: eCub http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33218
Converting BookDesigner to epub (bd2epub.pl). Use BookDesigner to create ePub. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27548
Tool to Edit ePubs TOC, Edit with Sigil and keep your TOC. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117809
ePUB + PDF creation script from OpenOffice XHTML files. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=153983
EPub Metadata Editor http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132607
ePubizator -V1.0.0- for photo albums and cbz/cbr conversions to ePub http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36677
Word macro for clean HTML code. A macro to transform a Word document to clean HTML. Works with most versions of Word. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=142530
ePub Zip for Mac OS http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55681
04-18-2012, 08:27 PM
BookCreator.dot Is an eBook creator tool. This tool is an MS Word template with VBScript code, the tools is designed to optimize and simplifying the book creation process. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28313
04-19-2012, 06:03 AM
epubutils.py A python script with a GUI that does two things: create thumbnails for Bookeen Orizon reader (and maybe Odyssey, not tested), and create a PDF using the Prince program. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89689
04-19-2012, 02:08 PM
Amanuensis - Another eBook creator tool from a odt (libre office) file. Ugly but free, fast and powerfull. Unfortunately my english skill prevent me to translate the manual in the stevenson language.
And for french user, the thread on Mobileread :
04-23-2012, 09:35 PM
ePub Squeaker: .Net tool which provides automated ePub tweaks for a better reading experience on Nook and other ADE-based readers. MobileRead discussion thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1788917) Google Code project (http://code.google.com/p/epub-squeaker/)
05-05-2012, 05:22 PM
Writer2xhtml (W2X) is an all-round converter from odt to EPUB and a part of the writer2latex (http://writer2latex.sourceforge.net/) family. It is meant to be used as a graphical extension integrated either in LibreOffice or OpenOffice. It's open-source (LGPL) and multi-platform like LibreOffice.
There is a French support thread on this forum.
Current version is 1.2. Coming version 1.4 (in beta stage) will support HTML 5 and allow the use of inline SVG images for vector graphics (clipart, drawings, charts).
09-19-2012, 03:25 PM
exlibris - add a nice ex libris to your EPUB eBook!
AlPe would like to share a Python script that he has developed to add an ex libris to a previously created (not DRM-ed) EPUB. It has both CLI and GUI versions in English and Italian. It has been tested under Debian Linux and Windows.
09-25-2012, 12:34 AM
ePubIt Is a WYSIWYG editor that creates Epub books without any HTML knowledge. It can also create books from RSS Feeds.
EpubSTAR is an epub format e-books generator, and now supports "WORD to EPUB" conversion and "TEXT to EPUB" conversion. You can use EpubSTAR to convert your Word document (doc, docx) or plain text file (txt) into the EPUB format eBooks automatically.
ExplodeImplodeEpub makes the process of uncompressing / editing / compressing an epub easier.
Forum post (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=203822)
Download link and help (http://libresque.com/software/)
03-16-2013, 05:43 PM
glyphIgo is a swiss Army Knife of fonts in ePub. It can do:
1. List all Unicode characters used in an EPUB file or a plain text UTF-8 file.
2. List all Unicode glyphs present in a TTF/OTF/WOFF font file.
3. Check whether a given font file contains all the glyphs needed to properly display the given EPUB or plain text file.
4. Minimize a given font file, that is, create a new font file containing only the subset of glyphs of a given font that are contained in a EPUB or plain text file.
5. Convert a font file from/to TTF/OTF/WOFF format.
6. Export one of the above lists of Unicode characters as an EPUB file, for quick testing on an eReader.
For more see:
04-27-2013, 05:29 AM
epubcheck (the "official" java tool)
EPUB Validator (online, idpf)
ePub Check Batch (Windows)
(Windows Batch file wrapper for Drag&Drop)
epubcheck for Mac OS X (AppleScript wrapper by pdurrant)
FlightCrew (standalone version, also built in Sigil) (MacOS, Windows, Linux)
Pagina EPUB-Checker (Windows/Mac/Linux)
There are other tools out there (some commercial, but IMHO they're not any better than those listed above, just because they have a price tag!) - generally, check the file dates, many, if not all of them are old and not maintained!
05-20-2013, 02:09 PM
e-Book Tools (http://toxaris.nl/?page_id=96) is a Word add-in with a collection of all kinds of procedures that will help you in the process from OCR to ePUB. One of the procedures actually creates an ePUB for you directly from Word. It must be touched-up, but gives a solid base. It can be discussed at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213372
01-04-2014, 01:46 PM
ePubPack, a quickie ePub zip utility for Windows (GPL) is an open-source utility to help quickly create a proper ePub zip container from a folder.
EPUB3Reader (Android app)
This proof-of-concept Android app lets you easily read and navigate complex EPUB 2/3 eBooks (internal/external links, parallel texts). In the GitHub repo you can find the APK, the source code, screenshots and some EPUB eBooks with parallel texts.
This is an academic project, under active (if slow) development at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova, Padova, Italy --- I co-mentor the students involved in the code development.
MR thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222054
Menestrello (Android/iOS app)
Menestrello is an iOS/Android app for enjoying EPUB 3 Audio-eBooks with Media Overlays, that is, with audio and text in sync. The app can be freely downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Please visit the Menestrello Web page for a video introduction, screenshots, free demo EPUB 3 Audio-eBooks, and more.
Note: this free app is being developed by ReadBeyond, Padova, Italy --- company which I co-own and for which I work.
MR Thread: existed in the "Reading and Management" section, but some overzealous mod deleted/moved it because of "self-promotion". I hope this post is ok.
04-14-2014, 02:27 PM
EpubVnoc is a converter that converts PDF files to EPUB format.
(LaTeX support is planned!)
Text-Style and Image extraction
Image format support (JPEG, PNG and GIF)
Device resolution support
Handle PDF linebreaks the way you like
07-04-2014, 01:57 AM
Writer2ePub is a free extension for OpenOffice/LibreOffice/NeoOffice that creates EPUB files from .odt files and all other text files readable by *Office suites.
It is not a file conversion utility, but a real EPUB development tool for Publishers and Self-Publishers. The goal of W2E is to create a ready-to-publish EPUB that needs no further editing at XHTML-CSS-XML level. Anyway, the generated code is very clear and easy-readable.
Metadata and other settings are editable and stored inside the .odt document, making simple the correction and interchange of the source file, saving time and cost for eBook development.
Version 1.x is downloadable from W2E site:
A version 2 is planned soon, with many improvements including EPUB3 output, editing window, source cleaning and correction tools and more.
ink2fxl converts Inkscape SVG files to XHTML+(SVG)+CSS, XHTML+raster (layer-wise), or raster-only (layer-wise).
ink2fxl is available as an Inkscape plugin, or as a stand alone Python script.
This tool might help people "converting" Inkscape SVG drawings to EPUB3 Fixed Layout pages.
The code is released under the MIT license and it can be downloaded by cloning the GitHub repo ( https://github.com/pettarin/ink2fxl ) or downloading the ZIP release ( https://github.com/pettarin/ink2fxl/releases ).
Instructions and details on the project home page: https://github.com/pettarin/ink2fxl
07-15-2014, 04:00 AM
As suggested in this Kovid Goyal's thread:
also ViM can be used to manipulate epubs. Just add
au BufReadCmd *.epub call zip#Browse(expand("<amatch>"))
to your ~/.vimrc file and you've done.
You must have a "zip" program installed.
ViM is here: