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Old 10-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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question regarding converting txt files

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I'm wondering if there is a way to convert a batch of txt documents into one long document? I decided I'd like to read all the Star Trek TNG transcripts (yes, I'm a geek ), and I found a place I can download an entire season in a zip file. When I open the zip, all 26 episodes are unzipped into 26 txt files. Is there a way to put all of those into one big file, having each txt file as a separate chapter? Or it wouldn't really even need to be chapters, but that would be nice. If they were all in one document that would make it more like reading a book, and easier to read. I don't care what format the end result is in, as I could then change the final format to epub, or maybe rtf. Although I think the Pocket Pro reads txt, I just haven't tried it yet. I've got calibre and sigil both on my computer, so would I be able to use either of those? If this isn't possible I guess I can just open each document individually, copy and paste into one large file in MS Word, and be on my way. But I'd like it if there was an easier solution.

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Old 10-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Book Designer 5 will do this.
It has a Join books option that will merge any txt or html files into one and what's so wonderful about this program is it's a snap to mark chapter headings, fix broken sentences and make a good html copy you can then read or import into Calibre to make a really nice epub file that looks great in Cool Reader 3.
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Command line text combining: http://www.thetechhub.com/2010/04/co...th-single.html

A GUI program: Join (Merge, Combine) Multiple Text Files Into One Software

There are others; Googling for /combine text files into one/ gets lots of hits.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #4
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I found a place I can download an entire season in a zip file. When I open the zip, all 26 episodes are unzipped into 26 txt files. . . .
I'd be interested in this site. I, too, am a ST fan. Could you post it, if it is available to all.

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:01 PM   #5
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Blossom and Elfwreck, thank you for the links! I'll check those out.

AJ, here's the link where I got ST:TNG. http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/nextgeneration/ They have a slew of other scripts there, too. You can download each show individually, or download the entire season in a zip.
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Blossom and Elfwreck, thank you for the links! I'll check those out.

AJ, here's the link where I got ST:TNG. http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/nextgeneration/ They have a slew of other scripts there, too. You can download each show individually, or download the entire season in a zip.
Thanks, I'll check it out.

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A super little program that I found http://bluefive.pair.com/txtcollector.htm.
Then drop the final file into your favourite conversion program.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:15 PM   #8
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Thanks, Stormchild. I looked at that program, and it looks like that will also work for what I am wanting.

I ended up going with BookDesigner. It took me a bit of time to figure out what I was doing, but I ended up making the transcripts into an FB2 file. I've never used that format before, so I figured I'd give it a try, since I've heard such good reports about it. I loaded it up on my Pocket Pro, and I really like it! I think I'll go that route the next time I download transcripts.

Thanks everyone for your input!
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You don't need a program for this - you can do it with the command prompt:

copy a.txt+b.txt+c.txt+d.txt joined.txt
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Yes Harry, but that is easy for you to say and do. Most people have no idea what the command prompt is let alone what to do with it.
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Yes Harry, but that is easy for you to say and do. Most people have no idea what the command prompt is let alone what to do with it.
The fact that some people may not know how to use a computer does not alter the fact that this is, and always has been, a built-in capability of MS-DOS and subsequently Windows, not to mention every other operating system that I know of.
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