|07-13-2010, 07:08 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Device: Sony PRS-T3, Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2
What would you suggest for HTML->epub?
I wanted to get some suggestions on converting HTML to epub.
Before you say "Just use calibre", I've given that a shot and don't entirely like the results. I find that calibre tries to be intelligent about taking all kinds of messy source and converting that to something fairly readable. It therefore ends up reformatting things I had specified in my source.
I prefer to keep as much of my own HTML+CSS as possible.
What I want the tool to do is take my HTML, break it up into sections (by chapter and by length), create the table of contents, and possibly create a title page using a picture I specify, then create the manifest and do the zipping. Basically all the boring stuff other than markup.
What's the best choice? I did have some success with Sigil a while back, but it had some stability and feature completeness issues at that time. I've looked at it again recently, and it seems to have grown in complexity but the basics of editing the source code and previewing the results don't seem to have become any faster or more convenient.
|07-14-2010, 03:05 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Device: BeBook(1 & 2010), PEZ, PRS-505, Kobo BT, PRS-T1, Playbook, Kobo Touch
Caveat: I'm working on fiction, with nothing special for formatting.
My html is created from rtf files using OpenOffice. Then I've been using 'tidy' with a short config file:
add-xml-decl: yes clean: yes doctype: strict drop-font-tags: yes logical-emphasis: yes output-xhtml: yes char-encoding: utf8
Then I run it through quoter to make curly quotes where required.
Then I massage with vim to fix any other typos I've missed. The rest of my process is pretty much like yours.
|07-15-2010, 06:34 AM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: iPad,Kindle 3, Nook 2
You may take a glance on ePub Maker(http://www.epingsoft.com).
It can do most work you need, except breaking a big HTML into parts till now.
It's still in beta, a new version will be released by this month end.
|07-15-2010, 07:27 AM||#5|
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW
If you are happy enough to create your own html & css, then why not do the remainder of the epub wrapper and then zip it up ....
The mobileread wiki (see link in my sig line) provides enough detail to get started. Once you've done it the 'long way round' it becomes logical to do.....and gives you full control over the contents .....
|07-25-2010, 06:28 AM||#9|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Device: AVTN8; BBMini; Onyx Boox T68; SGN8
I simply make up my own metadata.opf and toc.ncx. Simply put them in a correct folder structure, zip it and I've my own generated epub.
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