View Full Version : ConvertLIT V1.8


Colin Dunstan
07-17-2004, 05:08 AM
ConvertLIT (http://www.convertlit.com/), which is most probably illegal in the US by now, allows you to circumvent Microsoft Reader DRM. V1.8 was just released, and comes with the following bug fixes and new features:

- Dictionaries are now properly expanded,
- completely rewrote space handling, to fix "italics" bugs,
- changed compression library to a new version to fix rare hangs,
- create subdirectories. (Use "-d" to disable).

As always you can download (http://www.convertlit.com/download.php) the program and its sources for free.

cbarnett
07-18-2004, 07:22 PM
<grabbed> Thank you Morpheus :D

doctorow
07-19-2004, 11:02 AM
Nice. I don't think ConvertLIT is illegal if you use it on your own, purchased .LIT books. And if it is, I don't really care... I hate not being able to read my books on another reader but Microsoft Reader.

cbarnett
07-19-2004, 07:09 PM
I agree. I tend to purchase the lit book now, so I can then read the html in ubook (or isilo or mobipocket, which are far better readers than msreader). I also know I will always be able to read my ebook I bought, no matter what the popular format becomes, or where technology takes us...

Craig.

DiscoLeia
05-04-2005, 09:35 AM
Great... I have so many LIT files that I would love to put onto my new handheld eBook reader.

CINCNORAD
05-14-2005, 12:51 AM
New program much like ConvertLit, but with more options and a nice interface. Not sure if it works on protected Lit files yet as I don't have any. Best of all, it's freeware.

ABC Amber LIT Converter is an advanced utility which converts your LIT (Microsoft Reader) files to any format you wish (PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, DOC, and many more) easily and quickly --
http://www.thebeatlesforever.com/processtext/abclit.html

http://www.thebeatlesforever.com/processtext/images/abclit.gif

Alexander Turcic
05-14-2005, 07:18 AM
This doesn't sound so great from their FAQ (http://www.thebeatlesforever.com/processtext/faq.html):
Every time I do a conversion, it puts your logo on the output. Does this happen only with the trial version or will it happen with the registered version as well?
The registered version removes all our banners, labels and ads.
Also, I think they are violating GPL copyrights by directly using the sources of CLIT to convert .lit files a) without naming CLIT and b) without offering the sources of the derived product.

CINCNORAD
05-14-2005, 11:23 AM
I couldn't get it to work. It always gives me a blank output file. I wrote them with the problem... and their response was: "It will be fixed soon." LOL.

Alexander Turcic
05-14-2005, 11:35 AM
Heh yeah... better stick to the original tool.

CINCNORAD
05-14-2005, 04:07 PM
So, just to be clear... ConvertLit 1.8 doesn't crack .lit files protection anymore? I wanna know if I can buy current .lit files and convert them for my ebookwise...

volwrath
05-15-2005, 02:50 PM
It cracked one I bought recently just fine.

CINCNORAD
05-16-2005, 12:27 AM
Thanks. Guess I'll give it a try. If I could buy ebooks in .lit format it would hugely open up my options on my reader.

cbarnett
05-19-2005, 10:15 PM
I still purchase all my ebooks in lit format, and have no problems at all (µbook is such a marvelous tool :) )

Craig.

Gatton
05-24-2005, 09:02 AM
So, just to be clear... ConvertLit 1.8 doesn't crack .lit files protection anymore? I wanna know if I can buy current .lit files and convert them for my ebookwise...

That's exactly what I plan to do as I just ordered an ebookwise reader myself. I tested it last night using two secure .LIT files I bought from Fictionwise. After it read my key it exploded the files no problem.

So until MS changes their DRM scheme and makes this tool useless I will always buy the .LIT version when secure ebooks are the only option.

CINCNORAD
05-24-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks. Good to know... :)

vikingblade
06-21-2006, 03:10 AM
hi. isnt working for me on secure .lit, please help. are u sure it works on these. after i get to the point when it says - enter the name for the new folder that will contain the expanded LUIT file.. i enter name of the book, hit ok... then get error... the path blah, blah does not exist or is not a directory. it worked fine on a non secure .lit ebook. am i doing something wrong.

Liviu_5
06-21-2006, 08:12 AM
Check this 2 sites for useful info and rememeber that sometimes if a) does not work, maybe b) does work, or maybe c) does, but in the end one of them kind of always works in people's experience.

http://dukelupus.pri.ee/
http://www.processtext.com/ (under free)

Liviu

enter the name for the new folder that will contain the expanded LUIT file.. i enter name of the book, hit ok... then get error... the path blah, blah does not exist or is not a directory.

Pappy
06-24-2006, 02:35 PM
enter name of the book, hit ok... then get error... the path blah, blah does not exist or is not a directory. it worked fine on a non secure .lit ebook. am i doing something wrong.

I haven't used clit in a while, but either the folder needs to be made in advance, in the same file (I put everything in one file), or a "\" needs to be added after the file name with the correct path. Read the readme file that is with it. Hope this works for you.
Dave

JSWolf
11-12-2006, 03:29 PM
At the end of September, I purchased a LIT format ebook and had no problem using ConvertLIT 1.8 to convert it. I even tried it on the laptop which has MSReader on it that's not registered. So yes it works and it works with current books.

Aprilbeginnings
11-21-2006, 03:56 PM
New program much like ConvertLit, but with more options and a nice interface. Not sure if it works on protected Lit files yet as I don't have any. Best of all, it's freeware.

ABC Amber LIT Converter is an advanced utility which converts your LIT (Microsoft Reader) files to any format you wish (PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, DOC, and many more) easily and quickly --
http://www.thebeatlesforever.com/processtext/abclit.html



I am really starting to love this Sony reader and what I can put on it..... :)

adinb
02-17-2007, 06:48 AM
OK, probably a stupid question, but a google and forum search didn't really turn up any answers....

What's the best way to take the OEBPS format output by convertlit and put it into a useful single package form, like rtf, lrf, even pdf.

Thanks!

NatCh
02-17-2007, 12:19 PM
I'm afraid I don't know from OEBPS, or Convertlit, for that matter, but if you're okay with using a different converter, Amber Lit Converter (http://processtext.com/abclit.html) will directly output about 30 different formats, including RTF and PDF. :nice:

yvanleterrible
02-17-2007, 02:56 PM
I'm afraid I don't know from OEBPS, or Convertlit, for that matter, but if you're okay with using a different converter, Amber Lit Converter (http://processtext.com/abclit.html) will directly output about 30 different formats, including RTF and PDF. :nice:
That's it on post #6

RWood
02-17-2007, 11:13 PM
Amber LIT Converter is a great tool for unprotected LIT formats. I have never tried it on DRM LIT files as I have none. It is also free and does not -- as earlier implied -- leave a large "ABC Amber" logo on almost every page. This happens only on the trial versions of their for purchase products, the free ones do not carry the logos on the output.

adinb
02-18-2007, 01:48 AM
AmberLIT doesn't seem to want to work in virtualpc. lit2lrf worked very nicely for me this morning. I *highly* recommend it.

Oh, and OEBPS is the "Open eBook Publication Structure (http://www.openebook.org/oebps/oebps1.2/download/oeb12-xhtml.htm)". Convertlit converts the nonprotected lit structure and converts it to OEBPS (with a OPF file to tie it all together).

adinb
02-18-2007, 01:52 AM
Here's the lit2lrf thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-9265.html).

Moonraker
02-18-2007, 07:56 AM
I have tried them all and find ConvertLIT GUI to be the best. It uses the latest clit 1.8 version.
You can get it here:

http://dukelupus.pri.ee/convertlit.php

I find it far more accurate and easy to use and it preserves italics, bold etc.

It will also extract the HTML from secure lit files providing you own them and have activated the MS Reader on your system.
Use convertLIT GUI's ReaderKeyRecoveryTool (comes with the programme) for this. It only needs to be run once because it creates a keys.txt file and stores this in its folder.

Some lit files extract into one HTML file but some don't -- they may be made up of of 20 to 30 separate html files for chapter 1, chapter 2, acknowledgements, epilogue etc.

I use SoftSnow Merger to merge these into one file and you can get it here:

http://www.dukelupus.pri.ee/softsnow/merger/merger.shtml.

If you want clean HTML code, Merger can use Tidy.exe if you have it on your system. (No need to run Tidy.exe from the command line)

Information on Tidy here:

http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/tidy/

RWood
02-18-2007, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the tip on Tidy. I had not run across that one before.

yvanleterrible
02-18-2007, 11:12 AM
Amber LIT Converter is a great tool for unprotected LIT formats. I have never tried it on DRM LIT files as I have none. It is also free and does not -- as earlier implied -- leave a large "ABC Amber" logo on almost every page. This happens only on the trial versions of their for purchase products, the free ones do not carry the logos on the output.
For those who have the trial version, the Logo is easy to take out. It is in the header and footer. Open document in Word and make sure Amberlit is closed. Go to the first page double click on the Logo and it opens the Header and Footer tool. Erase the logo from the header, scroll down to the footer and do the same, click on the Close button and save document. No more logo.

RWood
02-18-2007, 03:11 PM
In ABC Amber LIT Converter there is an option box to allow you to set the header and footer to anything (or nothing.) The large logo referenced (like the one shown when the program starts) is only displayed on pages in a trial version of a product offered for sale. It does not display in the output of the freeware products.

EatingPie
04-09-2007, 01:52 AM
Bump.

I'm wondering if there's source available for clit. I have a PPC Mac version of clit, but I lost track of where I D/Led it. I can easily (or not so easily, but tenaciously) update it for Intel and recompile/post if I could just get the source!

-Pie

Moonraker
04-09-2007, 03:56 AM
There is a compiled version for MacOSX 10.3.5 here:

http://www.convertlit.com/

It needs testing apparently - the page is rather old (2004)

or this page seems to have the source code:

http://www.convertlit.com/download.php

Alexander Turcic
04-09-2007, 07:11 AM
It needs testing apparently - the page is rather old (2004)
Seems like Microsoft never bothered again to "fix" their DRM. Clit is still working as advertised three years ago.

EatingPie
04-09-2007, 10:38 AM
There is a compiled version for MacOSX 10.3.5 here:

http://www.convertlit.com/

It needs testing apparently - the page is rather old (2004)

or this page seems to have the source code:

http://www.convertlit.com/download.php

Thanks Moonraker, that was exactly where I got the PPC version from (the 10.3.5 one)... and yeah looks like the source is there, so I can hopefully get it running on Intel Macs.

There is a compiled version for MacOSX 10.3.5 here:
Seems like Microsoft never bothered again to "fix" their DRM. Clit is still working as advertised three years ago.

And thank God for that -- and no, I don't mean "Bill Gates" when I say "God"... OOoooh I'm so mean!! :) . There's a lot more books out there in the Lit format that I'm perfectly happy to purchase, as long as I can convert them over for the Reader.

While the Reader's only a few months old now, I am still surprised when I go to major sites like Fictionwise, and they offer like 20 different formats for download... 20 formats EXCEPT BBeB / LRF! Arrrgghhhh.....!!!! The clit program opens these sites up... and lo and behold, it's for fair use! :)

-Pie

JSWolf
06-02-2007, 05:38 PM
I personally do not have an issue at all with converting LIT to LRF for use on a Sony Reader. You paid for the book. It's like taking your CD and ripping the music to FLAC so it can be played on your Rio Karma. That is legal. No way I am going to pay again and again for a book I've already paid for. LIT format allows me to be able to convert it to something some program can read to output the format I need. LRF in this case.