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Old 05-08-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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Have large collection of LIT files, Which reader to choose?

I have a rather large collection of Microsoft LIT files that are unencrypted.

I downloaded Calibre for the Sony and that seems to convert well. But not having a Sony to see what it actually looks like on screen, I am just basing this off the reader program on the PC. My question is which reader would be the easiest to convert and display all these lit files on? I don't want a lot of hassle.

I have almost decided between the Sony 505 and the Kindle. (I have $450 in amazon dollars, so the Cybook is out unfortunately, Don't sell it on amazon) I know you can email Amazon PDF files, but it doesn't look like you can email LIT files, you have to convert them with an outside program like Convert LIT or ABC Amber first then email them.

I was almost set on the Sony but I've heard bad things about the fonts and resizing them. Thoughts?
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
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I have almost decided between the Sony 505 and the Kindle. (I have $450 in amazon dollars, so the Cybook is out unfortunately, Don't sell it on amazon) I know you can email Amazon PDF files, but it doesn't look like you can email LIT files, you have to convert them with an outside program like Convert LIT or ABC Amber first then email them.

I was almost set on the Sony but I've heard bad things about the fonts and resizing them. Thoughts?
I think a LIT file is basically a package that contains html files. So, you should be able to convert them to .mobi format for the Kindle...(yes you may need convert lit first. But, you can create a simple batch file that will do all the steps with one command.) The Sony will display your LRFs just fine since LRF is the native format. They will layout the same on the reader as they do on the calibre or eBook software viewer.

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I've converted lit files to lrf for the Sony Reader, very quickly, using Book Designer. BD allows you to set the font size to your heart's desire.
If your source files are nicely formatted then it really shouldn't take more than a few minutes to make an lrf book.
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For the Sony you'd want to use Calibre (which has lit2lrf) for conversions. It takes seconds to do a conversion generally. You can also up the base font size if needed when you do the conversion.

For the Kindle you should be able to use Convert Lit to explode the LIT into it's component parts & then run the OPF file through Mobipocket's software to create a PRC file. Might take a few seconds more than the Sony conversion, but nothing worth noting.


Every once in a while you'll run into a LIT that just doesn't come out the way you want in a conversion. For those few you can use Book Designer as Patricia mentioned. It will generate both LRF and PRC.



This all assumes these are LIT files from commercial sources. For LIT files from questionable sources it'll depend on how well the LIT was created.

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You can download Sony's eBook Library for free and see how the lrf files look.
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:29 PM   #6
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I was almost set on the Sony but I've heard bad things about the fonts and resizing them. Thoughts?
Since you are converting from LIT to LRF, you can set the base font to be whatever size you feel is comfortable for you to read. There isn't going to be a problem with font sizes.
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I have a rather large collection of Microsoft LIT files that are unencrypted.

I downloaded Calibre for the Sony and that seems to convert well.

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I was almost set on the Sony but I've heard bad things about the fonts and resizing them. Thoughts?
The program "lrfviewer" that comes with Calibre is a pretty accurate representation of how the conversion will look. LIT Conversions are never perfect, but work the way you want for the most part.

Once you get use to Calibe you will be very happy with the conversion process. I tend to like buying LIT books just to get the conversion format I like.

The Kindle requires MOBI files so you will have to convert them using MobiPerl. In that package there is a lit2mobi conversion. However that tool is command line.

Both PRS-505/Kindle have tools to convert LIT to their native format . However the PRS-505 is easier to convert, validate and install because of Calibe. So if conserving your LIT files are the biggest concern get the PRS-505.
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:06 PM   #8
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It's trivial to convert LIT files to either Sony LRF or to MobiPocket format. I'd suggest basing your decision on the capabilities of the reader rather than the format.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:22 PM   #9
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Very good points. Thanks everyone. I think I'll be fine either way, but it does look like LRF has better tools to work with, but thats probably just due to the fact its been out longer.
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