05-22-2006, 04:13 PM
Anyone know where the non-DRMed Mobipocket format is described?
Nikolay Pultsin, the FBReader developer, has indicated he'll support that format if only he could get his hands on the specs.
The only things I can find are tools for creating a title in Mobipocket format, not creating a tool for reading it.
Which leads me to ask, Are there any (other) e-readers that read Mobipocket format?
Dedicated FBReader user always looking to expand the universe of FBReader titles
05-22-2006, 04:51 PM
Okay, I don't know much about this stuff, but I can point you to some info with the hopes that some of it might be helpful. I'm kind of like the blind man shooting at a bottle on the fence. Not likely to break the bottle, but it's fun to shoot! ;)
I can't tell with a quick look, but there is some information for Mobipocket developers here... http://www.mobipocket.com/dev/default.asp including some of the book creator software (maybe with documentation on the format?), and the DOM (Document Object Format) http://www.mobipocket.com/dev/article.asp?BaseFolder=prcgen&File=reader_dom.xml.
Unfortunately, that probably doesn't help you read as it might be the code that gets compiled into the final format, so I don't know if it's helpful to you.
This (http://www.eurocool.com/author/?author=12080) would indicate that it really is an Open eBook implementation:Mobipocket Publisher
Based on standards
- First implementation of Open-eBook specification for PDAs
- Builds a unique cross-platform eBook file format (XDOC PRC)
- Integration with any third party HTML/XML editor
- Support of CSS style sheets
Advanced import functions
- Import TXT/HTML file
- Import Microsoft Word / RTF / PowerPoint Documents
All HTML / CSS tags supported, including
Support of MetaData
- Displayed by the Reader (eBook info menu)
Support of Guides
- Displayed by the Reader as additional menu items in the navigation menubut of course that doesn't mean it's not extended.
05-23-2006, 12:10 AM
There are in fact now two formats for the content. I have reverse engineered the older one and know most of the tricks of the newer one. Unfortunately i do not know the format of the higher compression.
05-23-2006, 08:01 AM
Thanks. I'll make sure Nikolay Pultsin is aware of at least this information.
He's been working on implementing OEB, so that looks like a good-sized piece of the puzzle.
I hope you'll share what you know with Nikolay, privately or in a forum. I've expanded the scope of the discussion from the FBReader group at Google, which seems like the most obvious place to contact him: groups.google.com/group/fbreader
05-23-2006, 08:41 AM
No problem. Send Nikolay my email address robert_marquardt att gmx dott de and tell him to contact me directly.
(i also post to groups.google.com/group/fbreader now).