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Old 01-12-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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NewB Needs Help Converting HTML to Sony reader format

Hi all! Thanks for offering so much help and advice on this forum!

I bought an ebook on B&N to test converting (<$5, my stepmom gave me B&N gift cards for Christmas). I was able to use ereadertohtml to remove the DRM. I get a folder with book.html and several .png files. If I open book.html in firefox, it looks great.

How do I convert the html to an epub format? I tried using Calibre, but it put ? where there should be ' or ". It's readable but annoying.

I should mention that I'm using a MacBookPro.

In one of the threads I saw someone state they strip the drm, then convert to html, edit the html, then just rezip and rename the .zip to .epub. That doesn't work with the standard mac compression tool, the resulting epub file is "corrupt" according to sony reader library.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:41 AM   #2
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Now, I'm not an expert here, so I could well be wrong, but...

Calibre's probably the way to focus your efforts, as the quotes to '?' sounds like a encoding issue and it might be able to tweak the conversion there in order to get it working but it'd be tricky to advise without seeing the html source/example.

A straightforward re-zip won't result in a valid ePub - there's a little more than that - see http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55681 for one solution.

You could try something like Sigil to try things, as that should let you produce ePubs from HTML, although not quite as easily as Calibre - not trying to criticize it, as it's targeted at different use cases - but might well be worth a look.
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ePub uses a very specific layout of HTML, and some XML metadata to do its work (the metadata is where information like the author, the table of contents and other information lives).

What'd I'd recommend is fixing up the quotes (you can do search/replace in an editor like TextMate or really any proper programmer's text editor), and running it through calibre again.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:02 PM   #4
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There is a line that has to be changed in ereader2html to fix this smartquote problem. I'll try to find it or you could search for smartquotes on the Calibre forum.
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Rkelac, I couldn't find a reference to this in the Calibre forum. Please let me know if you can find the line in ereader2html, I know very little about programming/writing/changing scripts! Thanks!
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Rkelac, I couldn't find a reference to this in the Calibre forum. Please let me know if you can find the line in ereader2html, I know very little about programming/writing/changing scripts! Thanks!
I had a quick look and found the following options:

1) http://calibre-ebook.com/user_manual...r-smart-quotes - Try solution 2

or

2) Editing the ereader2html script - http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...252#post534936
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Thanks for all of your help! I tried the calibre solution 2 suggested by gwynevans, changed the html file input to cp1252, and it worked! I think the link she posted for changing the ereader2html script is what rkelac mentioned, I think it would work also because it sets the HTML file format to cp1252 when it is created. Thanks!!!
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Thanks for all of your help! I tried the calibre solution 2 suggested by gwynevans, changed the html file input to cp1252, and it worked! I think the link she posted for changing the ereader2html script is what rkelac mentioned, I think it would work also because it sets the HTML file format to cp1252 when it is created. Thanks!!!
Yes, the second one is the one I was thinking of.
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