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re838uk
10-14-2009, 01:27 PM
Does a software exist that can download a website for offline viewing but convert it to epub format for the ebook?. For RSS feeds, Calibre is fine, but for a static bunch of pages that you want to get quickly and have it portable so you can read it whenever you want, is there a software available for that?

Thank you.

GRiker
10-14-2009, 01:45 PM
Someone in the calibre forum reported success with HTTrack (http://www.httrack.com/), which makes a local copy of the web page. You then drag the home page to calibre, and it does the rest.

G

re838uk
10-14-2009, 02:01 PM
Ok thanks, will give it a go and post what happened, if anything :)

re838uk
10-15-2009, 09:00 AM
No luck :(

Tried it out on three html files.
Two displayed invalid file on the reader and the other displayed tags and there was no formatting, just a long collection of words and html tags...

quillaja
10-22-2009, 08:59 PM
i think it's a lot to ask to convert a random website into a epub. most websites these days are very complex, and i think it would be difficult to convert that into something compatible with the epub specs, let alone device capabilities. that's not even counting sites that use flash or other scripts, or ajax.

maybe i'm wrong though.

edembowski
10-23-2009, 09:19 AM
If there's an rss feed for the site, ut sounds like you can do this with a Calibre recipie.

- Ed

Harmon
11-16-2009, 01:15 PM
[QUOTE=re838uk;625682]Does a software exist that can download a website for offline viewing but convert it to epub format for the ebook?. For RSS feeds, Calibre is fine, but for a static bunch of pages that you want to get quickly and have it portable so you can read it whenever you want, is there a software available for that?QUOTE]

Two suggestions:

1. Instapaper. Instapaper is a program that works in a number of browsers. You drag a bookmark button onto your bookmark bar, and then, when you are on a web page you want to read, you click the button. Instapaper moves the contents of the web page to your member page, and converts it to text. When you go to the member screen, it has all the web pages you've selected. There is a button on that page which allows you to convert the first 20 items to epub, and download the resulting file to your computer, where you can move it onto your Reader using Sony Library or Calibre, or just by dragging it on. http://www.instapaper.com/

2. Bookit. This is available in Firefox. There is a forum here on Mobilread dedicated to Bookit. You install it as a Firefox addon, and what it does is send the web page you are on to calibre in epub format. MobileRead Forums > E-Book Devices > Sony Portable Reader PRS-500/505 > Reader Content > Bookit plugin for Firefox

gregcd
11-16-2009, 02:51 PM
I use http://web2fb2.net/ to create an epub from multiple pages. No download or login is required. Works great for wikipedia.

Harmon
11-18-2009, 12:28 AM
I use http://web2fb2.net/ to create an epub from multiple pages. No download or login is required. Works great for wikipedia.

Tried it & it worked okay (Firefox, Mac.) Downside is that you have to convert one article at a time, and it doesn't strip out miscellaneous garbage. OTOH, it does convert files that IP seems to be having trouble with right now.

IP's download is transparent, so that you can designate an application to open the file immediately - Sony Library, for instance, or calibre or Stanza. As for the login, you do it once, and unless you close the web browser, it's not an issue. In fact, I just tell Firefox to remember my login & it does it for me automagically - so in effect, there's no login after the first one.

On the whole, IP is much easier if you have more than a couple of files, but the link you posted is going into my bookmark file for files IP is being stubborn about...

sjk9
07-13-2011, 08:24 AM
I'm trying to do the same thing. I want to convert a website to epub. The site is mostly just text with no fancy stuff. The home page is like a TOC, links to text web pages elsewhere on the site. What I would like is the home page to be the TOC, linking to the other articles/pages within the epub/website.

I tried Web2FB2, but it doesn't work as I thought it would.

I'd prefer to not send each web page separately, but combine them in a single ebook.