eBook Technologies, Inc. (formerly ETI
-acquired in 2011 by Google http://ebooktechnologies.com/
) has released a new version of their eBook Publisher software
(v2.3.8) that is now able to load and save .epub ebooks.
However, there is no direct device support for .epub ebooks (they still need to be converted to .imp, which in turn are exploded into .res folders within the hardware reading device-EBW1150 or REB12000).
What this means is that .imp ebooks can now be created directly from .epub ebooks. However, .epub ebooks may employ advanced coding/CSS styles which are not easily converted for use on the ETI devices. As a result, there still may be some hand-editing that will have to be done to make sure certain CSS styles are "useable" within .imp ebooks.
Workarounds will be found to make the .epub to .imp process
much more effective and should you have one, please post it here, to allow others to gain insights without all the frustration that's usually encountered.
Here's a starting tip to deal with loading/unpacking .epub ebooks:
To open a .epub ebook, use the File menu item Open... and ensure the Files of type Archive files (.epub, .oeb) is selected. When the OCF Container Settings screen opens up, click the Unpack button and make a new folder to hold the unpacked ebook contents and save the .opf file within there!
A new instance of eBook Publisher will load and be ready to convert that .epub ebook to .imp (be sure to change the Edition Settings... to your preferences). Just close the first instance of the eBook Publisher that remained open.
p.s. here's What's New:
eBook Technologies, Inc. --------------- eBook Publisher version 2.3
Version 2.3 contains the following major improvements over version 2.2:
- Bulk Convert and eBook Publisher now support conversion from .docx format.
- Bulk Convert and eBook Publisher now support conversion from .pptx format.
- Bulk Convert and eBook Publisher now produce .epub files in all situations
where they used to produce .oeb files.
- Bulk Convert and eBook Publisher now support conversion from .epub
format. Files will be accepted in either .epub or .oeb format interchangeably.
It is therefore possible to easily migrate from OEBFF based workflows to EPUB
- Oversized images are now scaled down when they exceed the page height.
- Mapping of non-ASCII characters has been improved. Most non-ASCII
characters are mapped to provide a visually recognizable equivalent.