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ricmac
11-30-2004, 06:35 PM
Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good online service for converting text (preferably HTML, but can be plain text too) into common eBook formats: e.g. MS Reader (LIT), eReader (PDB), Mobipocket (PRC), Plucker.

There are various pieces of software you can download to do conversions, but none I know of handle conversions to *all* of the popular eBook formats. And to be frank, I don't want the hassle of downloading and configuring a bunch of software (although I already have Plucker Desktop). I'd much rather have 1 website to go to that does all the conversions for me.

I've actually thought to myself in the past that it would be a good business to do - offer an online web service that converts things into a range of eBook formats. However I concluded that there doesn't seem to be much of a business case for it right now - although Performance Quest (http://www.performance-quest.com/) is giving it a go.

So I'm thinking perhaps it would be better done as an Open Source project, because such a service would benefit everyone in the eBook community and help popularise eBooks etc. Is anyone interested in that idea?

But first things first, are there existing conversion services available online (and not as a downloadable piece of software)?

Alexander Turcic
11-30-2004, 09:04 PM
I don't know of any such service. I know that ebook stores that support multiple ebook formats offer you the conversion process; but then you have to publish your book with them.

Sounds like an intriguing idea!

Bob Russell
11-30-2004, 09:34 PM
Here's something along those lines. I haven't tried it, but it claims to convert from content at a URL to palm doc format... http://online.colum.edu/palmconvert/
But the content looks like it has to be online to be converted (as opposed to using an online tool to convert local content on your pc).

It seems to be using the code from the old pilot.screwdriver.net that stopped working some time ago.

sas
12-01-2004, 01:54 PM
Here (http://www.poormojo.org/dod.html) is another one, but again only Palm .doc

ricmac
12-01-2004, 10:13 PM
Thanks everyone. Sounds like there is not a general-purpose online conversion service and probably little demand for it either.

Gatton
01-06-2005, 12:55 PM
Anyone know what happened with ebook express? They are still there at:

http://www.ebookexpress.com

But now it's just a bookstore. I seem to recall they used to have an online convert option. You would upload your text file and optionally an image to use as the cover and it would create a MS Reader .lit file for you to download. I can't seem to find it now.

There is a URL according to google of:

http://lit.ebookexpress.com/

But it doesn't work. I remember using it quite a bit before I got iSiloX.

Bob Russell
01-06-2005, 02:25 PM
Looks like you can do conversion to .lit with the free Content Software Development Kit (http://www.microsoft.com/reader/developers/downloads/sdk.asp) from MS.

Also check out http://www.microsoft.com/reader/developers/default.asp for more MS info and tools on MS Reader.

Unregistered
04-10-2006, 10:20 AM
Lets do what you dream!


Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good online service for converting text (preferably HTML, but can be plain text too) into common eBook formats: e.g. MS Reader (LIT), eReader (PDB), Mobipocket (PRC), Plucker.

There are various pieces of software you can download to do conversions, but none I know of handle conversions to *all* of the popular eBook formats. And to be frank, I don't want the hassle of downloading and configuring a bunch of software (although I already have Plucker Desktop). I'd much rather have 1 website to go to that does all the conversions for me.

I've actually thought to myself in the past that it would be a good business to do - offer an online web service that converts things into a range of eBook formats. However I concluded that there doesn't seem to be much of a business case for it right now - although Performance Quest (http://www.performance-quest.com/) is giving it a go.

So I'm thinking perhaps it would be better done as an Open Source project, because such a service would benefit everyone in the eBook community and help popularise eBooks etc. Is anyone interested in that idea?

But first things first, are there existing conversion services available online (and not as a downloadable piece of software)?

DTM
04-12-2006, 09:17 AM
I don't know if this is quite what you're looking for, but Manybooks already has loads of books in several formats. They will also accept text file versions of books that they will convert and make available for free.

They're located at http://manybooks.net/

eduj
06-11-2006, 08:03 PM
Can anyone explain to me why I can't convert a book I downloaded that has a .lit.zip ending on it? I tried to unzip it with Winzip-nothing happened and so I can't convert the .lit to a text file. I never came across that before. TIA. I'm at jpbrunnert@yahoo.com

mike-13
10-05-2007, 09:31 AM
Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good online service for converting text (preferably HTML, but can be plain text too) into common eBook formats: e.g. MS Reader (LIT), eReader (PDB), Mobipocket (PRC), Plucker.

There are various pieces of software you can download to do conversions, but none I know of handle conversions to *all* of the popular eBook formats. And to be frank, I don't want the hassle of downloading and configuring a bunch of software (although I already have Plucker Desktop). I'd much rather have 1 website to go to that does all the conversions for me.

I've actually thought to myself in the past that it would be a good business to do - offer an online web service that converts things into a range of eBook formats. However I concluded that there doesn't seem to be much of a business case for it right now - although Performance Quest (http://www.performance-quest.com/) is giving it a go.

So I'm thinking perhaps it would be better done as an Open Source project, because such a service would benefit everyone in the eBook community and help popularise eBooks etc. Is anyone interested in that idea?

But first things first, are there existing conversion services available online (and not as a downloadable piece of software)?
Very recently i have came across one website http://www.itglobalsolution.com/mobipocket/ebook-conversion-services.htm. Actually I was looking to convert my pdf document to mobipocket and MS reader but due to large number of images and other formatting thing i was not able to convert them properly, so i took the service of the above company and they converted my pdf book to ebook book in very good looking ebook in very reasonable price. I definitely would like to recommend you to take their service for your ebook conversion.

mike-13
10-05-2007, 09:40 AM
Hi,
I know such company, their website address is http://www.itglobalsolution.com/mobipocket/ebook-conversion-services.htm. I took their service for ebook conversion to convert my pdf format book to mobipocket and MS reader. Actually my pdf book was little complicated with many images and other formatting thing due to which i was not able to convert my pdf book to ebook in proper way, so i took the help of above company and they converted my pdf book to good looking ebook in very reasonable price with very good layout and formatting. I really would like to recommend anybody to take service of this company.

JSWolf
10-05-2007, 11:43 AM
if someone sent then an ebook with DRM, could they convert it and send back an ebook without DRM?

HarryT
10-05-2007, 12:26 PM
That would be illegal. It's arguably legal to do your own format conversion of a book that you've bought; it's definitely NOT legal to get someone else to do it for you!

JSWolf
10-05-2007, 01:02 PM
So then what good is this service? If the books are DRMless then I can do my own conversion.

NatCh
10-05-2007, 01:19 PM
I don't know about good, but the point is that a lot of folks would pay money faster than figuring it out themselves (for any number of perfectly good reasons, and any larger number of not so good ones), especially if they have lots of things to convert. :shrug:

HarryT
10-05-2007, 01:20 PM
Go and look at the site and you'll see :).

It's basically a service offered to authors, publishers, and companies who wish to turn existing material into nicely formatted eBooks. They also scan paper books - out of copyright stuff and things for which the customer holds the copyright.

mikeoshea
09-26-2009, 04:59 AM
Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good online service for converting text (preferably HTML, but can be plain text too) into common eBook formats: e.g. MS Reader (LIT), eReader (PDB), Mobipocket (PRC), Plucker.

There are various pieces of software you can download to do conversions, but none I know of handle conversions to *all* of the popular eBook formats. And to be frank, I don't want the hassle of downloading and configuring a bunch of software (although I already have Plucker Desktop). I'd much rather have 1 website to go to that does all the conversions for me.

I've actually thought to myself in the past that it would be a good business to do - offer an online web service that converts things into a range of eBook formats. However I concluded that there doesn't seem to be much of a business case for it right now - although Performance Quest (http://www.performance-quest.com/) is giving it a go.

So I'm thinking perhaps it would be better done as an Open Source project, because such a service would benefit everyone in the eBook community and help popularise eBooks etc. Is anyone interested in that idea?

But first things first, are there existing conversion services available online (and not as a downloadable piece of software)?

https://www.smashwords.com/ is a much recommended site. I'm just about to upload the text of an auotobigraphical novel - 'Brother Barney O.P.' see http://www.o2cbooks.info/ - on the recommendation of a very trusted source. The text must be in MSWord.doc format and is automatically transformed into most ebook formats, as below:

(This is from the smashwords site)
EPUB - This is your most important format! Epub is an open industry ebook format. If your book is available in epub, it can be read on some of the most popular ebook readers and ebook reading software applications (Like Stanza on the iPhone), and will gain the widest distribution via Smashwords’ distribution outlets (EPUB is a requirement for inclusion in Smashwords’ Premium Catalog). Keep your formatting super simple for best results with epub.

Mobipocket (Kindle) - Mobipocket allows your books to be read on the Amazon Kindle, so this is an important formats for you. Mobipocket is supported on Windows PCs and many handheld devices and e-reading applications.

Palm Doc (PDB) - PalmDoc is a format primarily used on Palm Pilot devices, but software readers are available for PalmOS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC/Smartphone, desktop Windows, and Macintosh.

PDF - Portable Document Format, or PDF, is a file format readable by most devices, including handheld e-readers, PDAs, and computers. A good format if your work contains fancy formatting, complex layout, charts or images. Odds are, if your work looks good in Microsoft Word it will look good in PDF. PDF is also a good option for readers who may want to print out your book on their home computers. On the negative side, PDF is a rigid, inflexible format. Your customers can’t easily change the font size or style to match their preferences, the text isn’t reflowable, and the reader is forced to read page by page.

LRF - This is the standard format for the Sony Reader, a popular ebook reading device. Sony has announced plans to shift entirely to the EPUB format.

RTF - Rich Text Format, or RTF, is a cross-platform document format supported by many word processors and devices. Usually pretty good at preserving original formatting from Word documents.

Plain Text - Plain text is the most widely supported file format, working on nearly all readers and devices. It lacks formatting, but will work anywhere. For best results with plain text, your source document should not contain images or fancy formatting.

I really think this will work,otherwise I would not bother posting.
Good Luck,
Mike O'Shea

WeRa
03-14-2010, 06:31 AM
Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good online service for converting text (preferably HTML, but can be plain text too) into common eBook formats: e.g. MS Reader (LIT), eReader (PDB), Mobipocket (PRC), Plucker.

There are various pieces of software you can download to do conversions, but none I know of handle conversions to *all* of the popular eBook formats. And to be frank, I don't want the hassle of downloading and configuring a bunch of software (although I already have Plucker Desktop). I'd much rather have 1 website to go to that does all the conversions for me.

I've actually thought to myself in the past that it would be a good business to do - offer an online web service that converts things into a range of eBook formats. However I concluded that there doesn't seem to be much of a business case for it right now - although Performance Quest (http://www.performance-quest.com/) is giving it a go.

So I'm thinking perhaps it would be better done as an Open Source project, because such a service would benefit everyone in the eBook community and help popularise eBooks etc. Is anyone interested in that idea?

But first things first, are there existing conversion services available online (and not as a downloadable piece of software)?

Hi I don't know if you have received an answer as of yet, although I do not know of an online service I do use problems to convert all of my books, thus far I have been able to convert all formats I have come across to a .mobi as I use mobipocket reader and this sweet little reader converts most of my formats so far only .lit it wont so I use a great little program abc amber lit converter to comvert to pdf and mobipocket converts my pdf a bit of moving around although I must say I have a nice little collection now. I also use another program that will put a cover on my books my bookshelf looks fantastic, I hope this maybe might help, if not I would be happy to convert for you! Happy reading :book2: