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Old 12-25-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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Device: PocketBook 360, before it was Sony Reader, cassiopeia A-20
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Originally Posted by ufoDziner View Post
Is there a place I can download the books with this setup already?

I noticed that they're also in .fb2.zip format. Is this better than .epub for for the PB360?

If I had to choose a format when getting books from Smashwords, which would it be?

What about from gutenberg?
Those very nice books are in fb2 format. It can be zipped and the reading application knows how to unzip them before opening.
FB2 format is popular in Russian speaking countries. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fb2
There is plugin for OpenOffice.org Writer that lets you create FB2 files. See http://code.google.com/p/ooofbtools/ Plugin is on a Russian page, but the interface is in English. When you run the plugin you have to wait several minutes for it to process the file and produce a document.

See http://www.fictionbook-lib.org/ for example books.

The main reading application on PB is FBReader, a program that was developed for reading FB2 formated books. And, indeed, FB2 files look very, very nice on PocketBook. Other formats are just something extra.
a FB2 book is basically an xml formatted file with e-book specific tags.

You can open e-pub file using FBReader. Just hold the OK button and you get menu. Select Open With.

With Gutenberg you can download "plain vanilla" .txt file and PocketBook will recognize it and reformat it for you. There is a menu in FBReader where you can set how paragraphs in file are separated. In case of Gutenberg files paragraphs have hard returns after 70 characters and are separated by an empty line or begin with a few spaces or a tab at the beginning of the line.


Installation of FB2 creation software for OpenOffice.
Download package here http://code.google.com/p/ooofbtools/downloads/list
The newest is OOoFBTools-1.13.zip
Unpack
Start OpenOffice Writer
menu Tools -> Extension manager
Add
navigate to directory where you unpacked zip file
Select OOoFBTools.oxt and click Open
Read licence (or at least scroll down and agree with the licence)
Restart OOoWriter.
There is OOoFBTools menu
The only part that you really need at the beginning is Export to FB2
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