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Old 02-28-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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Question Damaged eBook Repairs

I have encountered an ebook in my Calibre Library that cannot be opened in the built in reader or converted to any other format. Attempts to open the book (lit format) gives this error:
calibre, version 0.7.46
ERROR: Could not open ebook: Extra closing tag

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\viewer\main.py", line 62, in run
File "threading.py", line 483, in run
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\oeb\iterator.py", line 195, in __enter__
File "site-packages\calibre\customize\conversion.py", line 204, in __call__
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\input.py", line 23, in convert
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\conversion\plumber.py", line 1042, in create_oebbook
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\oeb\reader.py", line 71, in __call__
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\oeb\reader.py", line 103, in _read_opf
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\reader.py", line 861, in read
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\reader.py", line 882, in _read_meta
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\reader.py", line 133, in __init__
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\reader.py", line 226, in binary_to_text
LitError: Extra closing tag
Clearly, this is the book, and not a problem with Calibre. I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with this issue, and can the error be corrected (keeping in mind that I'm not very experienced with Calibre yet, or ebook technologies)? Perhaps there is place to learn how to fix a damaged ebook? Any advice is most appreciated.

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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The only other tool I know that can convert lit file is convertlit, you could try that
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:05 PM   #3
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Save it to disk and attempt to open it with a different program that could "save as" in a different format or convert the file directly.

Is it in .lit format? I am not too good at reading the traceback but there are several applications out there that can convert a .lit book.
Here is one of them and it is free:
http://www.convertlit.com/download.php

If it still bombs on conversion it may not actually be a .lit file. Someone may have put the wrong extension on the file. I have quite a few .rtf's that are actually .txt's and once the extension is changed they open just fine.

Good Luck and Happy Monday
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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Is it in .lit format? I am not too good at reading the traceback but there are several applications out there that can convert a .lit book.
The line: "File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\input.py", line 23, in convert" might betray it


Oh, I had that once. I managed to convert it with the convertlit tool
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The line: "File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\input.py", line 23, in convert" might betray it
I thought that too, but the older I get I am getting better at NOT assuming things. When I do, it makes me look dumber than I feel.

Also, I am not a programmer, I fight for the users.

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Old 03-02-2011, 06:10 AM   #6
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The line: "File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\input.py", line 23, in convert" might betray it
I thought that too, but the older I get I am getting better at NOT assuming things. When I do, it makes me look dumber than I feel.
It is smart of you not to assume a directory name (site-packages\calibre\ebooks\lit\) means anything.

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Attempts to open the book (lit format) gives this error:
On the other hand when the Original Poster states that the book is in lit format that might just be a clue.
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LOL

I didn't even see that I guess I was focusing on the error message printout.

Or.....maybe it was being obscured at that moment by a "Somebody Else's Business Field".

It could have been that...really!
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