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Old 11-10-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Yet Another Gutenberg Book converter

Following my odyssey to find a near perfect Gutenberg automatic conversion method for the Sony Reader...

This program gutlrf.pl (a Perl script) which, along with libprs500 (that library does the hard work), converts Gutenberg HTML books into BBeB LRF (Sony's eBook format) books for the Sony Reader. The process is designed so that no manual editing of the HTML files is required, it even downloads the files for you. It can also convert text based Gutenberg books with the help of Gutenmark.

The gutlrf.pl script will retrieve, extract, clean, extract the author and book title and then call HTML2LRF (which does the hard work) to convert into an BBeB LRF file with support for Markup, Images and Contents. It tries to put new chapters onto new pages - which is usually based on the H2 HTML tag. Sometimes the Gutenberg ZIP files don't always contain the correct directory structure, gutlrf.pl will automatically fix this.

There's full instructions inside the ZIP file.

Download it from here

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Here's a sample Gutenberg HTML book (19695) converted using these tools.
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Also here's a Gutenberg text book (number 36) that was run through Gutenmark to generate a HTML file and then run through my scripts (only splitbook.pl).
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The same question that I asked igorsk, and never got the answer: Is html2lrf able to process HTML books larger than about 600KB? I had pretty good luck with smaller books, but the larger ones seemed to crash html2lrf.
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As a workaround try splitting the HTML into several files. All the HTML parsing code is inside LBParser.dll, I don't have anything to do with it
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:47 PM   #6
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The same question that I asked igorsk, and never got the answer: Is html2lrf able to process HTML books larger than about 600KB? I had pretty good luck with smaller books, but the larger ones seemed to crash html2lrf.
Never noticed it before but I tried a 1.4MBytes HTML file (Gutenberg etext 19725) and it did crash with html2lrf. Ran it through my scripts, which splits it down into separate chapter files, and it converted fine with html2lrf.
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All right, great! Is it possible then to modify your script so it takes a direct link to the HTML, and not just a ZIP file? Shouldn't be more than a couple of lines of code to check the extension of the URL/file, and if it is not ZIP, treat it as already unpacked archive? Thanks!

UPD: I see that the gutlrf.pl actually only gets and unzips the HTML, then I have to use the splitbook.pl to split it and feed it to the html2lrf. Sounds like everything is already there, no new changes required.

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I've just added support to gutlrf.pl to support specifying a ZIP file (for an already downloaded Gutenberg file). gutlrf.pl does more than just download and unzip the files, it cleans the Gutenberg file (also adds title and author) in preparation for splitbook.pl & HTML2LRF.

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Just a hint for HTML files that crash HTML2LRF. If you have a file that doesn't look too big but still crashes HTML2LRF try running it through Tidy
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Update: Added support for an already unzipped Gutenberg HTML book.
Added option to gutlrf.pl to get it to automatically run splitbook.pl
Strip leading spaces from author and title.
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I tried it but I get this with different files around 800Kb:
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I tried debugging in Visual Studio 2005 the source code, but the project fails on a call to CreateNewBook(). I don't have the PDB files to debug why CreateNewBook fails, so if anyone has any suggestions, please post.
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I tried it but I get this with different files around 800Kb:
splitbook.pl didn't find anything to split the Chapters on so it was still one big file, by default it uses HTML tag <H2> to split.
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splitbook.pl didn't find anything to split the Chapters on so it was still one big file, by default it uses HTML tag <H2> to split.

Thanks, I will give that a try!
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Some more updates: Option to pass chapter split from gutlrf to splitbook. Better Chapter name extraction. Some bug fixes.
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