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Old 11-07-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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Converting a .rar file - Book by David Eddings

I have recently downloaded a book by David Eddings called Tamuli, from All About Ebooks. I converted the file using Calibre, to LRF for reading on my Sony PRS-505. Unfortunately, the converted file is awful to read as in a number of instances, sentences finish halfway across a line and finish on the next line. Is there anything that can be done to improve the presentation. Should I have used Calibre, should I converted to some other format?

Any guidance will be appreciated.
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have recently downloaded a book by David Eddings called Tamuli, from All About Ebooks. I converted the file using Calibre, to LRF for reading on my Sony PRS-505. Unfortunately, the converted file is awful to read as in a number of instances, sentences finish halfway across a line and finish on the next line. Is there anything that can be done to improve the presentation. Should I have used Calibre, should I converted to some other format?

Any guidance will be appreciated.
Forum members much more expert than I am will no doubt jump in to help you shortly.

I don't think telling us the book was a RAR file helps much. RAR files are zipped files that can be of any format. Your RAR file was possibly a PDF or LIT or HTML. After you have identified it, you will find discussions elsewhere on this forum on how best to convert it.

Personally I like to reduce all ebook files to text and then use hard sweaty manual labour in Ebook Tidy and MS WORD to turn it into a nice RTF file - but there are more efficient methods.

Second thoughts:

(Umm.... RAR files are usually torrent downloads these days. Are you SURE it came from All About Ebooks? People here will be reluctant to help you if it is a pirate).

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Old 11-07-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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This appears to be an unauthorized ebook. These often have the kind of issues you describe.

The Tamuli series is about to be reissued in a single volume paperback by Del Ray, so perhaps there is hope for an authorized ebook version as well.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:29 PM   #4
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What is "All About Ebooks" anyway? I don't recognize that vendor, and a Google search turned up nothing.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:42 PM   #5
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I have recently downloaded a book by David Eddings called Tamuli, from All About Ebooks. I converted the file using Calibre, to LRF for reading on my Sony PRS-505. Unfortunately, the converted file is awful to read as in a number of instances, sentences finish halfway across a line and finish on the next line. Is there anything that can be done to improve the presentation. Should I have used Calibre, should I converted to some other format?

Any guidance will be appreciated.
Was this a legal eBook? If so, what format is it? RAR is a compression format and not an eBook format so telling us you converted a RAR file is useless. If this is not a legal eBook, I suggest you ask to have this thread deleted.
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:31 AM   #6
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Apologies if I have caused a controversy. I had no intention of downloading an illegal book and seeking advice on this excellent website. This is where I downloaded it from:-
'David Eddings: Tamuli Series « Free Download of eBooks
26 Oct 2007 ... Free eBooks Download at [title removed] Book#3: The Hidden City The third and final volume in David Eddings’s epic fantasy series. ...

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I downloaded it using Rapidshare. Furthermore, the website [title removed] was given the green tick by McAfee Site Advisor. If it is illegal, can someone advise me and I will remove it forthwith.

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Old 11-08-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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I've taken a quick look and this is definitely an illegal source. Whoever put up the books is doing so illegally. And the copy you did receive is in rather poor condition. No wonder the conversion did not work well.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:58 AM   #8
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I've also had a look and the source is undoubtedly not legal. So I'm afraid that I'll have to remove the link.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:04 AM   #9
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Furthermore, the website [title removed] was given the green tick by McAfee Site Advisor. Bill
This only tells you that the site is safe; not whether it respects copyright.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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This only tells you that the site is safe; not whether it respects copyright.
Very well stated.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:02 AM   #11
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"RapidShare" should immediately raise a red flag. It's a site used almost exclusively by criminals.
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The fact that the LIT edition looked like a really poorly formatted text file should have raised red flags as well.
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My profuse apologies. As I said before, I had no intention of downloading an illegal book and have already removed it from my computer. Thank you all for alerting me and I will certainly be very much more careful in the future.
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Absolutely not criticizing you, Bill. As a newcomer to the eBook scene, one does have to learn what to look out for, and unfortunately there is a lot of illegal material out there!
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"RapidShare" should immediately raise a red flag. It's a site used almost exclusively by criminals.
What criminals?
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