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Old 02-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #886
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I've tried to convert epub to lrf using Calibre, with varying success. Could some nice techie please tell me how it's done properly. One problem I have with Calibre is font size; it often comes out too large or too small. I've never managed to get the settings correct.
Another reason I don't like epub is that I prefer justified margins. The right margin is always jagged on an epub.
Epubs can be justified under look and feel and IMO calibre does a pretty good job even compared to some that come already justified and many do.

Calibre does convert to lrf but stopped additional support when Sony did. The support is much better for epub.

Some people like lrf and I did too at first, but when I saw support becoming minimal I bit the bullet and switched.

If you were to post in the calibre conversions forum with a MR book you have problems with, probably I or someone else could get your font/justification problems ironed out.

Not saying you should abandon lrf, but it doesn't hurt to be comfortable with the alternatives.

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Epubs can be justified under look and feel
Not on the PRS-505. It has a VERY early and primitive version of Adobe's ePub software on it, which doesn't support full justification for ePubs.

The real answer is to move with the times and get a more modern reader. The PRS-505 was a good reader in its day, but that day was long, long ago.
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Not on the PRS-505. It has a VERY early and primitive version of Adobe's ePub software on it, which doesn't support full justification for ePubs.

The real answer is to move with the times and get a more modern reader. The PRS-505 was a good reader in its day, but that day was long, long ago.
A good alternative to getting a new reader is to install the eBookApplications firmware on the PRS-505. This does include full justification for ePubs, plus fast and easy control of fonts and margins.

In fact, the 505 is currently my preferred reader with this firmware on it, due to the PDF reader being far and away the best I've come across for reading scanned PDFs.
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Not on the PRS-505. It has a VERY early and primitive version of Adobe's ePub software on it, which doesn't support full justification for ePubs.

The real answer is to move with the times and get a more modern reader. The PRS-505 was a good reader in its day, but that day was long, long ago.
Never had a 505 so don't know. But it seems a tad odd that if a book has been converted in calibre with the justification on that the early adobe engine would have been sophisticated enough to change it. Not arguing mind you as I am sure you are correct and have tested it yourself.

My Kobo devices refuse to change justification if it has been set in the calibre conversion. PITA

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It doesn't change anything, Helen; it simply doesn't support full justification. I did indeed own a 505 at one time (and a 500 before that).
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It doesn't change anything, Helen; it simply doesn't support full justification. I did indeed own a 505 at one time (and a 500 before that).
As Harry says it is not a case of the 505 changing the justification applied by Calibre. Justification does not change the document. The document is not changed by any of the CSS functions. It is the display of the document that is changed. If the reading device is not able to support the justification feature then it doesn't matter what the document asks the reader to do.

All features of an ePub are done by requesting this feature to be accomplished by the reading software. The document is simple text and a lot of tags requesting the program to do specific things with the text contained within the tags.

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As Harry says it is not a case of the 505 changing the justification applied by Calibre. Justification does not change the document. The document is not changed by any of the CSS functions. It is the display of the document that is changed. If the reading device is not able to support the justification feature then it doesn't matter what the document asks the reader to do.

All features of an ePub are done by requesting this feature to be accomplished by the reading software. The document is simple text and a lot of tags requesting the program to do specific things with the text contained within the tags.

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Ahh, now I sort of understand.

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So I either purchase a new ereader, which I really don't want because I don't like any of the readers currently on the market, or I take Garry Lancaster's suggestion of installing eBookApplications firmware. How do I do this? What effect would it have on the reader? Thanks for the suggestions.

Otherwise I'm stuck with the old lrf's and substandard epub display.
Are the books being uploaded as txt versions, if so I can convert to RTF which looks great on the 505, except that it doesn't handle illustrations. I love the illustrated books which MR members put together. I can only ask, nay beg, that they're uploaded as epub AND lrf
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So I either purchase a new ereader, which I really don't want because I don't like any of the readers currently on the market, or I take Garry Lancaster's suggestion of installing eBookApplications firmware. How do I do this? What effect would it have on the reader? Thanks for the suggestions.
Download the PRS-300/505 firmware from here:

http://ebookapplications.com/downloads/

Then just extract the contents of the zip file to the internal memory of the PRS-505. You can also put your preferred fonts into the fonts/ directory that gets created. I prefer Gill Sans, Helvetica Neue or Caecilia; the former looks pretty good in 28pt on the 505.

Whenever you start up the reader (or disconnect it from USB) you'll now get a boot menu allowing you to select from the eBookApplications firmware or the standard Sony firmware. It takes a short while to start the new firmware (with nothing obviously happening).

The changes don't affect the built-in firmware of the PRS-505 at all, and if you don't like it you can just delete the files that were extracted from the zip file, which will remove all trace from your reader.

There are a few rough edges with this software, but it's certainly worth a try to see if you like it.
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Please excuse my lack of techiness, but which bit do I download? The link leads to a page with lots of possible downloads and no obvious zip folder. Please tell me what to do. Thanks.
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This thread is for discussing books we're working on for the MR library. I'd appreciate it if you could take the other discussions to the appropriate forum, which, in this case, would be the Sony forum.

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Sorry, Harry, I was just asking if the books could be uploaded as lrf and the conversation sort of turned into one about my old Sony and epubs. I'll start a thread on the Sony forum.
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I'm finishing up Mark Twain's "The Gilded Age," thanks to a great big helping hand from Jellby. This book has more CSS than I have ever worked with before, and lots of embedded Unicode fonts for multiple languages, as well as having over 200 illustrations. So it has been an adventure. I hope to have it ready for upload in a few days.
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I'm finishing up Mark Twain's "The Gilded Age," thanks to a great big helping hand from Jellby. This book has more CSS than I have ever worked with before, and lots of embedded Unicode fonts for multiple languages, as well as having over 200 illustrations. So it has been an adventure. I hope to have it ready for upload in a few days.
Great. Looking forward to your next Twain instalment. Are you planning to do Life on the Mississippi some time?
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