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Old 06-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Download ePub from url? [unprotected]

I need to get an ePub from an URL, so for example from:

Code:
http://example.com/download/20120628/20120628download.epub
I have zero Python-knowledge, but I can imagine a part of the script will look like:

Code:
'http://example.com/download/' + %Y + %m + %d + '/' + %Y + %m + %d + 'download.epub'
The ePub is correctly formatted and all, so downloading the ePub and adding it to Calibre is the only thing the recipe needs to do!

Help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:10 AM   #2
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My Python knowledge is little better the yours I'm afraid Zeno_, but I do have a Perl script that I've used in the past to save a pdf file to my computer from a url, and I suspect it would also work for ePub files.

Hope this helps.

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#===========================================
# DownloadPDF.pl
#===========================================
# Set $file to name of the output file
# Set $url to remote file
#===========================================

use LWP::UserAgent;

$file = "The Perl Review (March 2002).pdf";
$url = "https://www.theperlreview.com/Issues/The_Perl_Review_0_1.pdf";

$ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
$req = HTTP::Request->new(GET => $url);
$res = $ua->request($req);

if ($res->is_success)
{
open OUTFILE, ">" . $file;
$record = $res->content;
print OUTFILE $record;
close OUTFILE;
}
else
{
print "Failed to download $url\n";
$record = $res->content;
print $record;
}

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Old 06-28-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the script wmfs, but I don't think I could turn it into a recipe to use with Calibre.

edit: Found using old NRC Handelsblad recipe

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Old 06-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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If it's a one-time download, as opposed to something you're trying to automate for repeated download, you could also just use dotepub (http://dotepub.com/).

This, combined with the 'automatic adding' feature that calibre added recently makes it extremely easy to go directly from a web page article to an epub in calibre. (I literally just hit the dotepub bookmark on my toolbar when I want to save an article and 20 seconds later it's sitting in my calibre library.)

Only caveat is that the entire content needs to be on the page you're viewing - most sites have a 'single page' or 'print version' option, but some don't.

ETA: I just realized that the file is already an epub embedded in a website. Not quite the same thing.
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