Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Sony Reader

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-25-2008, 03:51 AM   #1
DaveNB
Connoisseur
DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.
 
Posts: 86
Karma: 399
Join Date: Jun 2007
Device: Nook, Sony PRS-500, Nokia 770 (FBReader)
Interactive Fiction on the Sony Reader?

Anyone remember those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books from when you were a kid? I was wondering if the Sony Reader (and other eBook readers) could be used to display this type of Interactive Fiction? Might be fun, especially if our existing tools (ie. Calibre's html2lrf tool) could be used to compile existing HTML based Interactive Fiction works into hyperlinked lrf's.

I did a quick google search and came across this web site:
http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home
That recreates a HTML based version of the original RPG/D&D like Interactive Fiction books from the Lone Wolf series.

They have self contained HTML files available for download, I grabbed one as a test (the first book "Flight from the Dark") and ran it through html2lrf, it looks OK but most of the graphics/pictures are missing and many of the links are broken.

I then tried saving the single page html version (no pictures or graphics) and ran the same conversion and this seems to work better (no pictures in this version though). Most of the links now work but the numbered sections run together (need to be separated by page breaks so you don't spoil the plot/surprises by reading a later section before you're supposed to).

Anyone else have any luck converting other Interactive Fiction for use on the Sony Reader? Graphics would be a nice touch. Maybe someone could get the version with graphics to convert well to lrf, or a cleaner/better conversion by massaging the source files a bit?

A program called Tweebox (http://gimcrackd.com/etc/src/#Twee) can be used to compile/create your own Interactive Fiction works, but it relies on some Web 2.0 type stuff and doesn't create plain HTML stories. TADS (http://www.tads.org/html_vs_text.htm) is another system that you might be able to use to create some simple html based stories (but I haven't tried yet). Anyone tried either or is anyone familiar with what kind of output they create that might be usable (ie XTML readily convertible to plain HTML)?

This is a journey down memory lane for me. I have fond memories of spending hours reading these "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a child.

Dave

Note: The terms of their license do not allow you to redistribute a copy for any reason so I shall respect this by not posting my converted lrf version (which is imperfect anyways). You may however download/view a copy for yourself and presumptively do a conversion for your own use as long as you don't distribute it.
DaveNB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2008, 04:27 AM   #2
igorsk
Wizard
igorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfoldedigorsk reads XML... blindfolded
 
Posts: 3,443
Karma: 52235
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Belgium
Device: PRS-500/505/700, Kindle, Cybook Gen3, Words Gear
Check out this.
igorsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
DaveNB
Connoisseur
DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.DaveNB has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.
 
Posts: 86
Karma: 399
Join Date: Jun 2007
Device: Nook, Sony PRS-500, Nokia 770 (FBReader)
Pretty cool. I wonder if there are any other attempts to make other IF works play back/display on the Sony Reader?

The Alice in Wonderland attempt looks to be hand coded HTML--very time consuming and a labor of love to make large works.

Dave
DaveNB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2008, 06:07 AM   #4
acidzebra
Liseuse Lover
acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.acidzebra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
acidzebra's Avatar
 
Posts: 869
Karma: 1035404
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Netherlands
Device: PRS-505
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveNB View Post
The Alice in Wonderland attempt looks to be hand coded HTML--very time consuming and a labor of love to make large works

Which is why I haven't gotten any further than chapter one
(Also I am lazy)

One limitation of the reader is that as far as I know you can't have real variables to store information within a LRF file - which is crucial for maintaining an inventory and making more involved plot twists. So any plot fork will force you to code every chapter from then on at least twice until the fork resolves.

I've been looking into an interpreter which can manage these forks (and which writes out plain HTML optimised for the Sony screen) but I haven't gotten far with it.
acidzebra is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Interactive Fiction with Gargoyle for the Iliad Adam B. iRex 68 09-01-2011 04:49 AM
iPad Interactive Fiction Heaven HarryT Apple Devices 84 06-21-2010 08:42 AM
Interactive Fiction... how likely is this? el.astrologo Sony Reader 22 12-02-2009 01:27 PM
Infocom Interactive fiction games on Sony. kobargh Sony Reader Dev Corner 13 09-04-2009 04:02 PM
iLiad interactive Fiction: The Java Edition scotty1024 iRex Developer's Corner 7 06-07-2007 03:22 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:02 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.