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Old 11-20-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Let's Buy Kovid Goyal an Amazon Kindle

Let's raise the funds to buy Kovid a Kindle.

For those of you who are new, or don't have a Sony Reader, earlier this year Kovid wrote a set of converters that outputted LRF for the Sony Reader. The converters are very good, and they gave Reader owners a vastly improved reading experience. The converter accept the following input:

LIT (MSReader)
RTF
HTML
TXT
PDF
web (This will download a given webpage and convert it.)

If we buy him a Kindle, he will add Mobipocket PRC as an output. This will benefit both Kindle and Cybook owners. Admittedly, the Cybook can already see most of those formats, but I still think you will benefit from these conversion tools.

I will be using ChipIn.com to gather the funds. Click on the link.

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Old 11-20-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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You don't really need Kindle to produce and test Mobi files
BTW Kovid, let me know if you need any help with the format... I know quite a bit about it.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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I really need the kindle to add it as a supported device for USB syncing to libprs500, and to provide me with some motivation to get the PRC converter built.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:41 PM   #4
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I chipped in! If I could get Kindle support on libprs500 to build mobibook files as well as it built .lrf files, that would rock!
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:48 PM   #5
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I'm planning on writing html2prc and it should have near feature parity with html2lrf
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:03 PM   #6
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:09 PM   #7
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Ok, In... I doubled what was there. I did this not cause I even have a Kindle, but to support your current and future work supporting the Sony reader!

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Old 11-20-2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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Thanks, not too worry I'm not decamping to the Kindle camp ;-)
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:52 PM   #9
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I have canceled the ChipIn. An explanation will be forthcomng.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:11 PM   #10
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I had an interesting conversation with one of the moderators. He is of the opinion that this was panhandling. It took me a while, but I eventually decided he was correct, and that I am not comfortable doing it. The event is canceled. The money has been refunded.

If anyone wants to give Kovid money, check out his homepage. He has a link for Paypal.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:16 PM   #11
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I had an interesting conversation with one of the moderators. He is of the opinion that this was panhandling. It took me a while, but I eventually decided he was correct, and that I am not comfortable doing it. The event is canceled. The money has been refunded.

If anyone wants to give Kovid money, check out his homepage. He has a link for Paypal.
I disagree. Perhaps if it was Kovid himself that set up the chip-in. I thought it was a great idea.

Whatever...

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Old 11-21-2007, 04:24 PM   #12
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I disagree. Perhaps if it was Kovid himself that set up the chip-in. I thought it was a great idea.

Whatever...

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No, I set it up. If he wants to set up his own, fine. If you want to give him money directly, okay. I do not want to panhandle.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:25 PM   #13
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I won't disagree with the decision but I guess I'm a little surprised. It seemed to me that asking those who are interested to make donations to buy him a device so that he could then spend a lot of his own time producing something for everyone to use was a practical idea. I was rather impressed that you guys did this before (e.g., 505). Panhandling is asking for money for little or no work. I don't care myself as I'm not buying a Kindle anytime soon. But I am surprised.
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I won't disagree with the decision but I guess I'm a little surprised. It seemed to me that asking those who are interested to make donations to buy him a device so that he could then spend a lot of his own time producing something for everyone to use was a practical idea...
I agree, basically he is doing something for the community for free and this was just getting him a tool to do it better. But I'll just donate to him personally on his page for all of the hard work he has done for us...
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:53 PM   #15
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I would rather donate (again, even though I do not yet own a reader) to enable SF Chronicle support for the Sony PRS 505.
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