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Old 07-22-2008, 11:03 AM   #1
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EPub Page Display

I've tried converting a few books over to epub and downloaded a few public domain books that are already in epub format and one peculiarity I've noticed is to do with the page display. On the smallest font setting, I get a full page of text on each "page".

If I increase the font by one step, causing 4-5 lines to no longer fit on one page, the viewer moves those lines onto the next page, as you would expect. However, after those 4-5 lines are drawn, the rest of the 2nd page is totally blank. With the contents of what would have been page 2 on the small font setting, now been shown on page 3.

Where as with the fb2 format, when a few lines of text overflow to a new page, everything is shifted down slightly, so page 2 would contain 4-5 lines of overflowed text from page 1 plus as much of the original page 2 as would fit.

I find the fb2 way of working much easier to read. It's a little annoying with the epub viewer to read a full page, then have to read just a couple of lines before pressing the next page button.

Is this a peculiarity of the epub format or the epub viewer on the hanlin?

Also, is there a way to change the font used to display epub books as there is with the fb2 viewer?
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:49 PM   #2
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What tools exist to make epub files?
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See ePub creation / conversion.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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Is this a peculiarity of the epub format or the epub viewer on the hanlin?
This sounds like a bug, since ePub is supposed to reflow. The best way to check the input ePub is to view it using Adobe Digital Editions under Windows. FBReader (in general, not necessarily on the HanLin) also displays ePub, but it does not support CSS and so many of the new features of ePub don't show up. It also does not read the toc.ncx file and so may not produce a TOC.
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