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Old 03-06-2010, 05:55 PM   #1
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My Libre is on the way, and I will be converting my library. Which is the better experience on the Libre, Mobi or ePub? Thanks.
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I haven't tried mobi, but I've found the epub works great (much better than pdf or rtf)
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ePub it is. Thanks.
I've had my JBL for about a month now, and any books that I convert from PDF to ePub using Calibre (sp?) don't look all that great. Formatting if off, sometimes lots of space between paragraphs, sometimes no space at all, and the headers (page x) are usually mixed in with the text. Am I doing something wrong?
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Well it's definitely readable, it's just not...pretty
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AFAIK the Calibre crew's working on a better PDF input for their conversions, but due to the nature of the format it's not an easy task.

If you don't mind making some of the corrections yourself, you could convert to something you can edit by hand (like RTF), fix it, and then convert that to ePub, but it's a lot of hard work if it's something, for example, you'll only read once.
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I expect that you could get just the results you want - If - you were to work out
the proper formatting options in Calibre. Short of that, you could at least use the
"Conversion">"Page Setup">"Output Profile:">"JetBook 5-inch", in the preferences.

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AFAIK the Calibre crew's working on a better PDF input for their conversions, but due to the nature of the format it's not an easy task.

If you don't mind making some of the corrections yourself, you could convert to something you can edit by hand (like RTF), fix it, and then convert that to ePub, but it's a lot of hard work if it's something, for example, you'll only read once.
It LOOKS ok in Calibre's reader, and if I convert it to text and look at it in wordpad or notepad, it looks fine, but when I convert it to ePub and look at it on the JBL the formatting is really bad.

I told Calibre that it's a Jetbook 5" reader, and the books aren't UNREADABLE, formatting is just off, but if I can get it better, change some setting or 2, that would be really nice
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I expect that you could get just the results you want - If - you were to work out
the proper formatting options in Calibre. Short of that, you could at least use the
"Conversion">"Page Setup">"Output Profile:">"JetBook 5-inch", in the preferences.

Luck;
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Thanks Ken. I have it setup for the JetBook 5-inch and that's not quite doing it. Any tips for working out the proper formatting options? I have no clue where to even start.

Thanks!

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I've had my JBL for about a month now, and any books that I convert from PDF to ePub using Calibre (sp?) don't look all that great. Formatting if off, sometimes lots of space between paragraphs, sometimes no space at all, and the headers (page x) are usually mixed in with the text. Am I doing something wrong?
For PDFs with headers and footers, I usually import into Mobipocket Reader first. It usually provides a decent mobipocket file and strips the headers and footers.. Then I use Calibre to convert from mobi to epub.
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Thanks Ken. I have it setup for the JetBook 5-inch and that's not quite doing it. Any tips for working out the proper formatting options? I have no clue where to even start.

Thanks!
I guess that would depend on what you needed to change from the
default formatting Calibre is providing.

I am no expert on Calibre, and there is a forum for it here.

One thing I notice is that there are options for both the input and
output sides of the conversion process. If it is that the PDF's headers
and footers are a problem and not needed, for instance, you might be
able to remove them on the input side. Or - correct or remove them
by addressing it with the output settings.

There is also Sigil which has it's own forum here, as well.
http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

I haven't used it much, but it appears to provide an easier editing of the
epub, with a number of less technical editing options.

Luck;
Ken
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For PDFs with headers and footers, I usually import into Mobipocket Reader first. It usually provides a decent mobipocket file and strips the headers and footers.. Then I use Calibre to convert from mobi to epub.
Thanks for the tip, I will certainly try this the next time I convert a book. I just finished one, and about 1/3 of the way through one, so the next one I'll try this. I've already converted it, but I'll re-convert the PDF to Mobipocket, then epub.

Thanks again!
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I guess that would depend on what you needed to change from the
default formatting Calibre is providing.

I am no expert on Calibre, and there is a forum for it here.

One thing I notice is that there are options for both the input and
output sides of the conversion process. If it is that the PDF's headers
and footers are a problem and not needed, for instance, you might be
able to remove them on the input side. Or - correct or remove them
by addressing it with the output settings.

There is also Sigil which has it's own forum here, as well.
http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

I haven't used it much, but it appears to provide an easier editing of the
epub, with a number of less technical editing options.

Luck;
Ken
I've searched the calibre forum here, came up with a lot of general info on the JBL, but nothing specific as far as the formatting goes. I've also tried some of the options pertaining to headers/footers, input/output but the settings that I've tried did nothing that I could see...

For now, Calibre is doing a decent job, it's probably my lack of experience with it that's causing me to not get the results that I desire, and it's not a BIG hairy deal, it's about 98% effective, it just breaks the immersion somewhat:

"the monster reached for John, he'd seen what it had done to it's other victims, and now it waspage 56about to..."

Something like that, see what I mean?

Not really a big deal, but if I can eliminate it I'd like to.

Thanks again for the tips.
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