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Old 05-09-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Epub File Won't Open Properly in FBreader

I have a series of epub files that when I open them in FBreader I get a page with just the title and author and nothing else. The bottom says page 1 of 1 so the program thinks that is it.

However I can read them in Calibre fine. I also can read them fine on the PB360 using ADE. It's only FBreader that has the problem.

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I've seen that issue but *not* on PB360.
Where the files ever DRM'ed? Any idea how they were made?
(When in doubt, blame DRM. ADE is also a good scapegoat but not this time. )
If they are calibre conversions to ePub, try converting with different settings or a different target. For fun, try converting to mobi, lit, or fb2 and back to ePub.

(Thing is, Calibre has a strong ADE-bias; whenever there is an issue it gets recoded to output files that display properly in ADE. Other apps that stick to the spec find themselves at a disadvantage.)

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These were old .lit files. No DRM. They were converted with Calibre.

They display fine in the desktop FBreader.

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Lits...
That means they could be multi-part files from Readerworks.
Sounds like it might be an issue (somewhere) with the internal links.

I would definitely try converting them to something other than ePub, preferably a single-file HTML or RTF, and then use the single file to go to ePub.

Try one and see if it works.
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I use Calibre to convert my LIT files, but I ouput to FB2 and I've never had a problem. Maybe try that.

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That's what I did. I want everything saved as epubs, since almost all readers read that, but for this one series I used FB2. Now they work!

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That's what I did. I want everything saved as epubs, since almost all readers read that, but for this one series I used FB2. Now they work!

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Great that you got them working I originally thought about converting to epub for that very reason, but I'd heard good things about fb2 and don't plan on getting rid of my PB360 any time soon. I keep all my originals, so I can always convert them again later if I need a different format.
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That's what I did. I want everything saved as epubs, since almost all readers read that, but for this one series I used FB2. Now they work!

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I'm still curious; could you try converting one of the FB2s to ePub?
My expectation is that it shoud result in a functional ePub, but expectations aren't always met...
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I'm still curious; could you try converting one of the FB2s to ePub?
My expectation is that it shoud result in a functional ePub, but expectations aren't always met...
I guess you would be right, fj.
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