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Old 01-07-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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previews of cybook/mobipocket rendering

Hi all, I aim to purchase a gen 3 shortly and am excited about the possibilities, im wondering if there is a web portal or some way to preview how for example, an RSS feed or pdf would render on the cybook, i've used one briefly in shops but am a bit curious particularly about RSS capabilities (does mobi pocket fetch the stories linked in an RSS feed for offline reading, does it have any pictures in these etc...)

id love to see how an RSS feed from a commercial magazine like say scientific american would show up ...

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Old 01-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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As far as I know mobipoket does only fetch the feed itself, not the stories behind it. You will have to use a workaround for that - I think Calibre is able to do that and will get Cybook-support soon by the looks of it
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sounds like a bit of a tease if it doesnt even grab a text version of the story !!!
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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Download Mobipocket Reader from the Mobipocket site (I’s free) and install it.

It does the grabbing of the RSS feeds, so you can test it and see if the results suit you.

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thanks DD, i got it but it loads them up at the computers screen size and when i click on an article title it loads the full html story with pictures (i.e. it loads the story just as a browser does..)
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I am really really hoping for a reply as this will make or break my potential purchase of the cybook ... I fired up calibre and got news/feeds from time magazine and from scientific american, they seemed to have a selection of complete stories and small pictures with articles when calibre exported them as Epub files, as calibre currently doesnt seem to export these to a cybook format (no Epub from bookeen yet or confirmed as coming ??), is there another method to get them onto a cybook looking like this ?? .. mobireader seems to just grab headlines as links to full stories (am i missing something... dont see the value of downloading headlines) and feedbooks seems to download what looks like almost plain text ?

im really sold on the form factor, feature set and contrast ratio of the cybook but need to figure out if it has the functionality im looking for , can anyone involved in calibre tell me why their feed support seems so much cooler and if it will apply in any future (plans for this ?) mobi format output ?

any info would be textual gold !!
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:58 AM   #7
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I fired up calibre and got news/feeds from time magazine and from scientific american, they seemed to have a selection of complete stories and small pictures with articles when calibre exported them as Epub files, as calibre currently doesnt seem to export these to a cybook format (no Epub from bookeen yet or confirmed as coming ??), is there another method to get them onto a cybook looking like this ?? ..
I'm working on Mobipocket generation support for Calibre, and should have it finished within the next few weeks. But of course the rendering is then dependent on the limitation of Mobipocket books and how the Cybook displays them, so I'm not terribly sure that helps you. But the content will be the same as what Calbire produces in EPUB form.
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The Cybook doesn't support Epub yet.
It's been mentioned by Bookeen as being planned, but we don't know when it will come.

Calibre currently doesn't support outputting to a format handled by the Cybook, but some people from the forum (llasram and user_none, I think) are actively working on including this support.
I strongly suspect that in the future, Calibre's feed support will be available for Cybook too.

EDIT : a bit too slow.
a correction on my text above :
- llasram (as he mentioned in the post above) is working on Mobipocket generation
- user_none is working on Cybook support for Calibre (device detection and so on)

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:27 AM   #9
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I am really really hoping for a reply as this will make or break my potential purchase of the cybook ... I fired up calibre and got news/feeds from time magazine and from scientific american, they seemed to have a selection of complete stories and small pictures with articles when calibre exported them as Epub files, as calibre currently doesnt seem to export these to a cybook format (no Epub from bookeen yet or confirmed as coming ??), is there another method to get them onto a cybook looking like this ?? .. mobireader seems to just grab headlines as links to full stories (am i missing something... dont see the value of downloading headlines) and feedbooks seems to download what looks like almost plain text ?
Why not test to output html from Calibre and just run mobigen or MobiPocket creator on it and see what happens?
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llasram you gave me exactly what i was looking for, if the mobi format provides some version/reproduction of the full story output seen in epub it will be more than enough to make me go cybook - congrats on your good work with the calibre team / other guy/s so far ... thanks

tompe, id love to give that a go - great idea, i just cant find html output in calibre yet !
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tompe, id love to give that a go - great idea, i just cant find html output in calibre yet !
Aha, it is missing. Output to ePub and unzip it?
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Why not test to output html from Calibre and just run mobigen or MobiPocket creator on it and see what happens?
An ePub can be imported directly to MobiPocket Reader (or mobigen.exe), but it does not do a very good job (no TOC, no SVG, many other issues). It may be good enough until Calibre has an any2mobi capability (which will likely be much better than MobiPocket's import capability).
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all very helpful, i appreciate it , im gonna get the cybook and have donated to the wonderful project that is calibre !
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