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Old 09-06-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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Epub or Mobi? Which way to go?

Well I have been reading a lot about the new firmwares that are going to be available - hopefully very soon. It is certainly very good to have an option and certainly this gives cybook gen 3 a very big life extension. My question is which way to go for me personally. Some things about the way I use my cybook:
- I absolutelly love my cybook, read a lot and the only thing that I really think is missing is folder support which is present in both new firmwares.
- 90% of the ebooks I read come in pdf with character recognition and no DRM of any kind. I hate the zoom function, I only use it with scientific ebooks that contain a lot of formulas, so most of the time I just convert them to mobi. I have tried both Calibre and Mobipocket creator and I find the mobis mobipocket creator produces to be better.
- The rest 10% of the ebooks I read are scanned old books in Greek and 2 column papers from scientific journals. Since ocr is almost impossible I use the papercrop software and I get -a very big- pdf that can be read on the screen easily and so makes even these pdfs usable on cybook.
- I almost never use the dictionary.
From what I have read reflow in pdfs is missing from the new firmware and reflow only exists in epub. What do you think I should do based on the info I gave you? Keep the mobi firmware, get the folder support I was missing and continue loving my ebook reader? Or should I go for epub support? Is the conversion with calibre better than the mobi one with mobipocket creator? What actual real world advantages will I get reading the same book in epub than mobi when starting with a pdf? Does it seem that the epub support will have minor bugs that have been straightened out in the mobi support?
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:49 AM   #2
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Is the conversion with calibre better than the mobi one with mobipocket creator?
If you've tried both with PDF, I don't think the change to ePub will change this because the first step, which is the PDF OCR, won't change and I've found that mobipocket creator usually makes the best conversion (sometimes I use the html).
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If you've tried both with PDF, I don't think the change to ePub will change this because the first step, which is the PDF OCR, won't change and I've found that mobipocket creator usually makes the best conversion (sometimes I use the html).
Mobipocket Creator does a good job in removing headers/footers from PDFs, but otherwise the new version of calibre does better conversion of fonts (types/sizes) and formatting. Both have their Pros/Cons - it's best to try both on each document...

Mobipocket:
Pro: auto removing headers/footers, processing of pictures
Cons: missing cover image, formatting glitches (justification errors, font sizes)

calibre:
Pro: good style and formatting conversion
Cons: mirrored/inverted images, removal of headers/footers
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