e-book creation study successful
- From: "Nick Hodson" <nicholashodson@[redacted]>
- Subject: e-book creation study successful
- Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 21:19:01 +0100
Further to my earlier email(s) on this topic of creating e-books to be
read on a handheld device, I reported that there were two stages in the
study that I had not at that time yet completed successfully.
I have now completed these two stages successfully, and will await any
comments from Valerie Gorman.
The first concerns the creation of an e-book when you have only a plain
text file to work from. The Mobipocket e-book creator works only from an
html version of the book, as does the ReaderWorks program for creating
Microsoft .LIT files. There is a very sophisticated program,
AscToHtm.exe, which analyses the text, and sorts out chapters and their
headings, which it marks up with the required h2 (etc) tags, finally
creating an html version of the e-book. The html version enables the
e-book creator program to create its table of contents, and then build
the e-book. This program is quite inexpensive, and is in fact the only
component in this work which has cost me anything at all.
The other move which has worked successfully is to load the Mobipocket
reader onto my Compaq iPaq. This proved quite easy and intuitive. I have
also loaded onto it all the books that I generated today.
I hope this small success has not annoyed anyone. I am well aware from
experience that when people imply that something cannot be done the last
thing they want is for someone to actually do it.
I believe I have handed out enough information regarding the names of
these three programs to make sure that anyone who wants to will be able
to create their own e-books from Gutenberg Project books, at a very low
Kind regards to all Book People