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Old 10-11-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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HTML from Project Gutenberg?

Hi All,

I've just joined the list as I'm thinking seriously about buying a Sony PRS-505, and am a definite beginner.

What I was wondering was, whether it would read satisfactorily material from Project Gutenberg, which is mostly in HTML format. Do I need to convert it, or would it load up in decent layout without my having to process it?

Hope someone can help,

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Old 10-11-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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What I was wondering was, whether it would read satisfactorily material from Project Gutenberg, which is mostly in HTML format. Do I need to convert it, or would it load up in decent layout without my having to process it?
It would be ok, but not perfect. It probably depends on the HTML. Your best bet would probably be to convert the HTML to LRF using calibre.

That said, many public domain books are available from other sources with much better formatting and in the Sony file format. The best of these would be right here in our ebook d/l section and also at feedbooks.com. Manybooks.net is a close 3rd... they seem to have alot that the other two dont, but the formatting is not always as good.

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a lot of PG content is available via manybooks.net in epub format (created by calibre)
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Old 10-12-2008, 03:12 AM   #4
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Thanks very much, both: those sites are certainly impressive and have lots of great material. I'm looking forward to getting a Reader now.

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It would be ok, but not perfect. It probably depends on the HTML. Your best bet would probably be to convert the HTML to LRF using calibre.
Unfortunately it would not be OK, since the Sony does not support HTML. It would need to be converted to a different format.
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Unfortunately it would not be OK, since the Sony does not support HTML. It would need to be converted to a different format.
Doh... to many readers to keep track of features on. I guess I was thinking of the Kindle.

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Hi All,

I've just joined the list as I'm thinking seriously about buying a Sony PRS-505, and am a definite beginner.

What I was wondering was, whether it would read satisfactorily material from Project Gutenberg, which is mostly in HTML format. Do I need to convert it, or would it load up in decent layout without my having to process it?

Hope someone can help,

Richard
Hi Richard,
Yes you will have to convert the HTML. If you use a tool like BookCreator then you do not have to do any conversion.

Just open the tool by double clicking on the template.
When MS Word opens up.
Click "Import File..." toolbar and enter the URL to the Project Gutenberg HTML and it will import the document into word.

From there you save the word document. Then copy the document to your PRS-505 device.

If you have calibre, BookCreator can create LRF and ePUB and directly store them in your PRS-505.


I download quite a lot from Project Gutenberg, I'm fussy about my formats so I typically spend about 1-5min per book to make sure the layout is pleasant.

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I'm fussy about my formats so I typically spend about 1-5min per book to make sure the layout is pleasant.

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I had to laugh when I read that. I spend many hours on each book that I upload here to make it nice to read .
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I had to laugh when I read that.
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Dear Lord! That is dedication. You must be proof reading the text (not format) to be spending so much time.

BTW have you tried using BookCreator yet? I've incorporated several of the search & replace tips you mentioned in your tutorial into the tool.

Oh incidentally I do spend more time on books I upload to MobiRead. I spent a whole 15min on the Ethics book I uploaded.

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>I guess I was thinking of the Kindle [re HTML]

Kindle also doesn't directly support HTML. You CAN open a single-file HTML Book via Kindle's experimental Web browser and continue to read that book until you use the web browser for something else. But that seems like a pretty fragile "solution". Commonly used tools for converting HTML to Kindle-friendly MOBI files include:

Calibre
Mobipocket Creator
mobigen
Stanza

Now Gutenberg is supporting EPUB and MOBI (via file-format-conversion) directly. Unfortunately, trying to access Gutenberg directly from your Kindle's web browser remains an extremely trying experience, so you'd have to get your desktop computer involved in the deal. Or get Magic Catalog. Or try one of the Ebook Reader compatible websites.
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