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starbase1
09-12-2009, 06:08 AM
I very recently got an e-reader, the Sony touch. It's much easier on the eyes to read than a netbook, and I'm rather impressed with it.

One of the things I was hoping to do was to get all my software manuals on it, so I had a sort of portable software reference library. Now it supports PDF, but unlike EPUB, it does not reflow the text to fit the screen, so you end up having to pan around a document painfully. Not good.

Now I do not know if it is possible / permissible to convert them, (if so, pointers to GOOD software would be appreciated, I have found some weak stuff), but I suppose that the main point of this message is an appeal to make the documentation available available in a widely supported e-reader format.

BeeVee
09-14-2009, 03:05 PM
Calibre (http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/) converts PDF to .epub. Let me know how you get on...

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starbase1
09-15-2009, 03:05 AM
Aha! thanks for the link - the software looks VERY impressive. My reader touch has only been out for a few days, yet it is already supported! I also love the news subscription feeds - I can leave the reader connected and pick it up before IO leave to work loaded with news and stuff!

getting back to the LW manuals, I only had time for a quick go, but it clearly did a better job than anything else I have tried so far. The main issues in what came out were some wobbly text formatting, such as extra line breaks, and the pictures were difficult to read.

The text formatting I think I can improve if I twiddle the conversion settings. The pictures are difficult because of the way the default LW interface is on a grey background, and the images look dark. I'll persevere, I think something like a global gamma tweak, or brightness boost just might be tucked away somewhere.

Thanks for the pointer!
:thumbsup:

starbase1
09-16-2009, 12:45 AM
Calibre (http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/) converts PDF to .epub. Let me know how you get on...

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Well, a second go delivered much better results. With 'removebreaks between paragraphs' and 'preprocess' selected, it did a pretty good job. The occasional chunk of large text, but overall very readable.

Now if I can work out how to lighten the images...

Nick

BeeVee
09-16-2009, 02:03 PM
Cool! Nice one Nick. I know you have your Sony Reader, but if you have a DS of some description and a homebrew card like the AceKard, I can thoroughly recommend DSLibris, another Open Source project. It reads most .epub files just fine, but the code isn't in there yet for images, so no good for the LightWave manuals. On the other hand it's great for just reading on (reading I, Robot again on there right now).

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starbase1
09-16-2009, 02:33 PM
I gave my DS to my stepson, I domn't think he wants to give it back!

I'm sure a man of your taste is reading the Asimov original!

Are you familar with:
http://manybooks.net/categories/SFC

Loads of SF from back when I first started to read SF! I was expecting to find the really old stuff like H G Wells, but here I have found gems like Phil Dick I had not read, Harry Harrison, John W Campbell, Philip Jose Farmer, Murray Leinster, and loads more...

Yummy!

And they just don't write them with titles like that any more - "Shipwreck in the Sky!", "Astounding stories of Super Science!", "Martians never die!"

Nick

BeeVee
09-16-2009, 03:33 PM
You mean instead of the one referenced on this page (http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=i_robot)? ;) Yes, the original. I'd forgotten how over the top it was.

Thanks for the link though, I used to love Harry Harrison's work.

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cresshead
09-19-2009, 04:51 AM
re i-robot..'the film' was just using the title for a different script..
i have the proper i-robot scrpt from the real book...the studio just used the Asimov title as a promotional device for a sci-fi detective film.

if the film had a different title it still would have sold okay..adding the title just got a few more bums on seats...and also sold more asimov books as well.

i'd really like to see the proper film made one day.

cresshead
09-19-2009, 05:46 AM
yeah i HATE product placement in films and photos.... :D

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs275.snc1/10233_138887807870_553887870_2514523_3088613_n.jpg

http://www.newtek.com/forums/showpost.php?p=928250&postcount=78

Fictive-Studios
09-21-2009, 10:51 AM
may i ask what e-reader do u have ?
what model ?

starbase1
09-21-2009, 01:01 PM
may i ask what e-reader do u have ?
what model ?

Sony Reader Touch, (The 600). A very nice bit of hardware, that feels very strong and classy. The included software is weak, but as refered to above Calibre is astonishingly good.

Fictive-Studios
09-21-2009, 01:14 PM
sony and kindle announced that they wont lunch
these e-readers in the middle east

i wanna order one through amazon using my us p.o.box through aramex
hmmm
the touch reader is so expensive compared to the others
what do u suggest ?

BeeVee
09-21-2009, 01:20 PM
Hey Fictive-Studios,

If you already have a Nintendo DS you have a nice little ebook reader on your hands already. Together with a so-called homebrew cartirdge and DSLibris, you can read .epub and .xhtml books. It doesn't support images yet, but it's already good and getting better (for anyone who is dashing off to download DSLibris right now from Sourceforge (https://sourceforge.net/projects/ndslibris/), get the 1.4.5 version instead of 1.4.6 - it seems to have some problems).

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Fictive-Studios
09-21-2009, 01:23 PM
i don't have a ds
but it seems great and saves alot of money
thanks for the tip
i'll see what people might say about the ereader first
if not .. i'll get a ds ..

starbase1
09-21-2009, 02:13 PM
sony and kindle announced that they wont lunch
these e-readers in the middle east

i wanna order one through amazon using my us p.o.box through aramex
hmmm
the touch reader is so expensive compared to the others
what do u suggest ?

Also Asus have announced they will be launching a twin screen e-reader at under a hundred pounds UK price, before the end of the year. I think the market is hotting up so if you can wait a little longer, the prioce will come down fast,

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/07/asus-planning-dual-screen-eee-reader-worlds-cheapest-e-book-re/

Nick

BeeVee
09-21-2009, 02:36 PM
That looks very nice, although I have to say that I love the way my DSi just fits into a pocket, the Asus one doesn't look as though it would... (PS, all those people commenting on that Engadget page about how LCD screens cause eyestrain are talking out of their fundaments)

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starbase1
09-21-2009, 03:43 PM
That looks very nice, although I have to say that I love the way my DSi just fits into a pocket, the Asus one doesn't look as though it would... (PS, all those people commenting on that Engadget page about how LCD screens cause eyestrain are talking out of their fundaments)

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Well, maybe its a bit strong, but I find the reader MUCH easier on the eyes than any LCD screen of similar size. A bit more contrast would be nice, but I really like the completely "flat" unilluminated look of the display, and find it a LOT easuer than a screen.

I guess the answer is to try before you buy.

gordonrobb
09-21-2009, 03:47 PM
i don't have a ds
but it seems great and saves alot of money
thanks for the tip
i'll see what people might say about the ereader first
if not .. i'll get a ds ..

There is no comparison. Apart from the screen size (particularly on the 505) being the same size as a normal paperback, the display technology on an ereader is e-ink. This completely removes any potential for eye-strain. It is just like looking at a normal printed page.