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Old 03-10-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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HTML format for ebooks

Hi everyone,

I've accumulated a large number of ebooks over the years in many different formats so I've decided to convert them all to a single format that is fairly universal and easy to convert to any other format if neccessary.

I've decided on HTML as this seems a good choice for archival purposes and either directly supported by a large number of reading devices or commonly used to convert from with conversion software.

I've got a couple of questions on this though.

1. Is this a good choice as the originating file format or is there a better one?

2. Would it be better to have one HTML file with everything in it or split it up into multiple file, one for each chapter or section?

Any help would be great.
Thanks.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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Hi everyone,

I've accumulated a large number of ebooks over the years in many different formats so I've decided to convert them all to a single format that is fairly universal and easy to convert to any other format if neccessary.

I've decided on HTML as this seems a good choice for archival purposes and either directly supported by a large number of reading devices or commonly used to convert from with conversion software.

I've got a couple of questions on this though.

1. Is this a good choice as the originating file format or is there a better one?

2. Would it be better to have one HTML file with everything in it or split it up into multiple file, one for each chapter or section?

Any help would be great.
Thanks.
1. It is quite a good choice, really

2. Keep it in one file or put it in a folder (name the folder according to the book title) and zip the folder up to archive

3 Do NOT imitate Baen on this as their html explodes all over the place when unpacking

Better yet, use epub for this!

Oh and welcome to MR.

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Old 03-10-2009, 09:44 AM   #3
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Welcome to MobileRead ghostyjack .

You might find the "Upload ebooks in HTML format" thread interesting, as it discusses similar issues.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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Thanks guys.

It sounds like using HTML as a starting point is a good choice, so I think I'll stick with it.

Thanks for the thread link Sparrow, it was quite informative. I think I'll initially create one file per book with a repository folder for images in the same location (this works fine with FBReader) to begin with and then see how easy it is to break it down and zip it up (maybe as ePub?).
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1. Is this a good choice as the originating file format or is there a better one?
Yes. None that I am aware of.

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2. Would it be better to have one HTML file with everything in it or split it up into multiple file, one for each chapter or section?
Personally, I prefer one file per book.
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