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Old 12-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hi guys, although I am technical enough to need the Technet library, I don't have a clue how to collect an offline copy for my reader without significant work. Can anyone think of a way, or write a plugin that will "export" a branch of Technet into epub format? I asked MS a while ago and they gave the usual excuse about always being up to date if it's online.
This would be especially helpful as a part of the news feed as it would effectively mean having the latest copy of all the documentation downloaded and portable.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Here is how I convert web sites to epub (or any other e-book format):

* I will first open desired webpage

* Then I will "readabilitize" it (http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/) It is quite easy, because you can get browser plugin or bookmark which does everything for you.

* Next, I save webpage to my computer (complete webpage)

* Finally, I run ebook-convert {webpage.html} {ebook-name.epub} to convert it.

I created script (I am using Linux, but I am pretty sure it can be done in Windows too) and defined it to file manager's right click function list so that I can convert saved web pages easily by clicking them with right mouse button, and selecting "Convert to ePub".

Readability step is optional, but it greatly improves the readability of the resulting document in may cases, so I would recommend it.

Plenty of manual work, but still manageable, I think. Does anyone have any easier way?

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Hi thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately the nature of this content means it would be an incredibly big job to do manually. some of the "books" are hundreds of pages and can only be viewed individually on the web. I was hoping one of the genious scripters we have here could work out a clever way to do it
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Hi thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately the nature of this content means it would be an incredibly big job to do manually. some of the "books" are hundreds of pages and can only be viewed individually on the web. I was hoping one of the genious scripters we have here could work out a clever way to do it
Readability has ability to download multi-page webpages to one page, so you should try it?
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:48 PM   #5
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OK I've tried readability and it doesn't do what I need. However, I've done some reading and found "PackageThis" on codeplex at here
This has source code included which I sadly don't fully understand. I've done some more reading and managed to get the SOAP webservice loading in visual studio but it feels like slow going!
If anyone reads this and knows SOAP programming I'd love to hear from you
This access method will allow anyone to fully download either Technet or MSDN in fully compliant XHTML which is obviously ideal for ebooks.
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