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Old 01-26-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Eastern European characters on Nook - help !

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I received my Nook last night and I was in for a terrible surprise when I found out that if won't display eastern European (Czech and Slovak) diacritic.

It does seem to show some characters like ž, ú or á but instead of ř, ě or č it just shows a question mark.

Please someone tell me there is a way to fix this !

I know that PDF files can have fonts embeded and those are OK but I really want to use epub. Should I maybe use different encoding ? Is there a way to embed font in epub ? What are the chances of someone replacing the font in a rooted Nook ?

Please help, I got tons of Czech and Slovak books I want to read.

thanks a lot !

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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Use Atlantis word processor, there is an option to save as epub with embedded fonts; just save as ebook!l very easy and user-friendly.

But embedded-font epub file is very big, 5-6 pages takes around 400kb; whilst same document (embedded font) in PDF takes just 50kb. I prefer PDF because I don't need to change font size during reading. I can create a very neat PDF format for my Nook, minimal margins.

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Try making pdf (with the exact dimensions of the screen) and convert it to epub.
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Hi

I received my Nook last night and I was in for a terrible surprise when I found out that if won't display eastern European (Czech and Slovak) diacritic.

It does seem to show some characters like ž, ú or á but instead of ř, ě or č it just shows a question mark.

Please someone tell me there is a way to fix this !

I know that PDF files can have fonts embeded and those are OK but I really want to use epub. Should I maybe use different encoding ? Is there a way to embed font in epub ? What are the chances of someone replacing the font in a rooted Nook ?

Please help, I got tons of Czech and Slovak books I want to read.

thanks a lot !
There is certainly a way to embed fonts in epub (I mostly read in Russian, so I have to do it all the time). You can download epubgen-0.5.0.jar from http://code.google.com/p/epub-tools/, run it on a .docx file and see what it does. At some point I want to morph it into a tool that would embed fonts into a given epub file, but that is still a long way off.

Epubgen subsets the font so the bloat is not that big (roughly the same as it would have been for PDF).

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Old 01-26-2010, 02:37 PM   #5
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eveyone thank you for your replies !

First of all I am able to convert my epubs to PDF in Calibre and it displays the fonts fine, the problem is that I lose my chapters in the process, not sure why. I tried to add chapter detection based on <h2> tag but it's not working, I must be doing something wrong.

Peter Sorotokin: I created a small test file and your solution worked like a charm but again there are some major issues. First of all my books are in epub format and your tool accepts Word documents. Calibre can't export to doc so there is no easy way I can think of to automate this process, also if I just manually copy/paste the text in Word I again lose my chapters, plus of course all the book tags and metadata. But the embeded epub font does work on Nook so it definitely looks like solution would work if there was a way to apply it directly to an epub file.

I am still wondering if a rooted Nook can have its fonts replaced. I came across this http://www.android-devs.com/?p=33 so I would think it's possible.
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