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Old 01-28-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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First time user - a Calibre challenge

Triggered by several readers, I just tried to convert the 6th volume of my free Motion Mountain physics text (a 9 MB pdf, free download from www.motionmountain.net) with Calibre. But the result is disappointing. Is there a way to improve the result with simple tricks, or will this have to wait for some time?

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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Its not going to convert well from PDF, probably ever.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #3
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Too bad Indesign does not include round trip from PDFs.

Use Adobe Acrobat to convert the PDF to RTF and get that the way you like it.

Much easier converting RTF to EPub. InDesign will do that.

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Old 01-28-2010, 10:10 PM   #4
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InDesign wont be able to convert PDfs well either. Nothing can, that's the nature of PDF
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:14 PM   #5
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What was the source format from which you created the PDFs -- that's surely your best candidate for conversion?
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:26 AM   #6
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The text of Motion Mountain is written in latex, and then coverted to dvi, then to pdf. So there is a latex (ascii) original, with the logical markup, but also with the formulas written in latex.
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Can you generate HTML from the latex source? That would be the best option to give Calibre.
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I got nothing constructive to add, just wanted to say that I'd love to have your text in ePub format!.
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I got nothing constructive to add, just wanted to say that I'd love to have your text in ePub format!.
Thank you. But I think that we have to wait until a volunteer does it for the Motion Mountain textbook. The way to go seems to start with a latex to html conversion, and then a html to epub conversion. But I have no time to do that - this is a real project. Thank you all for the information.

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Old 01-29-2010, 05:21 PM   #10
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No direct or specific assistance... But I thought another topic on a similar subject reported excellent output. I think it was using Mathlab(?) but otherwise the same process - as I recall things. Should be recent >90 days old.
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