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Old 04-17-2009, 04:10 AM   #1
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LaTeX and OpenOffice -> EPUB ? (Professional solution)

Hi,

I'm looking for a solution to convert LaTeX and OpenOffice files to EPUB.

I've discussed with authors and editors of the interest of the numeric version of a paper book and the BIG interest of the ebooks readers. Also, we talk about DRM...

So, someone has an experience of the conversion ?

Could help to improve the process of conversion (professional point of view) ?

Thanks for your replies or your help. This will help to have more ebooks

P.S. : I make this research only for help some people. No profit. I've only the hope to read some recent ebook in France and wrote in french
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:16 AM   #2
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For OpenOffice, there is eScape (I don't know how "automatic" it is, though).

For LaTeX, I don't think there is an all-in-one solution. There are a couple of TeX->HTML solutions whose name I don't remember exactly (t4h? tex2html?), which may be a starting point.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:55 AM   #3
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Have you tried with LYX? => Html or .pdf.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:17 AM   #4
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HTML to EPUB ? A good idea but how to make that ?

The aim it's to obtain files in EPUB format for authors and editors.

I don't use LyX but I think LaTex or LyX it's the same problem : how to pass from HTML to EPUB with a minimal pain.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:50 AM   #5
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Found this in Google ? :
http://www.bookglutton.com/api/docs/d/getepub
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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ePUB is nothing more than zipped (X)HTML + CSS with some restrictions and metadata, so HTML to ePUB should be pretty straightforward. Try Calibre for that.
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calibre directly converts openoffice files to epub
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:47 PM   #9
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I must confess that I haven't use your soft ... Do you conserve the page's layout ?
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calibre directly converts openoffice files to epub
Good news Kovid. Was not aware of that but anything that supports Open Office is a good thing in my book.
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Good news Kovid. Was not aware of that but anything that supports Open Office is a good thing in my book.
You will be happy to note that you can now create open office documents from our wiki pages.

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calibre directly converts openoffice files to epub
How about latex files ?
I have to admit that the output quality of latex written text is not equaled - wherever I look at. Using latex, all you have to do is concentrate on the content. After that - all you do is latex the file once to get all indexes out, and a second time to also have the TOC, appendix etc. included - Just great !

IMHO = that would be the best tool to write it. eventually the Lyx folks should write a plugin to export to ePub
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If you want LyX to export to epub you'll either need to write the conversion tool yourself, or convince the developers to add it --- thus far there's been only one person requesting this feature on the LyX users mailing llist.

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Well - it would be enough - IMHO - to have one person to write an eBook using Lyx, and show the results... You'd be amazed
Unfortunately, I'm no C++ coder - so it may get ugly. However Lyx could export to HTML, then the conversion to ePub should not be hard to implement. I'll see if there is a scripting capability to take care of that.
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Can't answer the question, but ...

I think there are two questions here. First, is openoffice, and Kovid answered that. Second, is latex, and that's interesting.

You can do a rough job with latex2html, but I don't know how clean that comes out. I haven't had great luck. IMHO what you really want to do is preserve links (to equations, references, toc, etc) in html and transform vector graphics -> svg and equations -> mathml (also svg) (and, of course, raster graphics as png). Then try converting that into epub ...

There are some tools out there that nibble on this problem (texvc and svglatex), but I'm not aware of any good solutions. (Is converting the entire document to svg a good solution? I can do that, but it's really no better than pdf. You need integrated html and svg.

You could also work through pdf intermediaries, since pdflatex is pretty advanced, but that creates other problems.

I'm keen to see what I can do with svg and html epub books, and to see how the prs-505 can handle svg (??) so I'll be playing around with this problem and will report back if I manage anything useful.

Addendum. This may be useful: http://www.w3.org/Math/Software/math...onverters.html

HEVEA (http://pauillac.inria.fr/~maranget/hevea/) looks particularly interesting.

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