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Old 07-14-2002, 10:04 PM   #1
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E-books -- how?


Was wondering,

whats the 'default' e-book format? I was thinking of a basic html like all the HOWTO's you see on the internet but is there somethign different thats considered the "e-book standard" would like to do some e-book for for the local school district and offer the work over the web aswell...

using the GNU Free Documentation License. Tho, I haven't looked into alternative licenses, perhaps theirs something better fitting?

these e-books would be treated like GPL programs pretty much, add to them, modify, print, redistrobute, etc.
 
Old 07-15-2002, 04:43 AM   #2
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Well...
Most if not all the ebooks I have are in plain text, or docbook format. I've come across a few pdf and html books too, but the plain text ones are more common.

I read all my ebooks on my palm using isilo, an app that can read plain text, html.

Hope this helps
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Old 07-15-2002, 06:15 AM   #3
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I have "acquired" copies of quite a few books. A few of them are plain text, but the majority is .pdf Depending on the type of book, I prefer both formats. If it's a reading book (a novel) I prefer .pdf because I can see chapter's in the side bar. If it's a how to, I prefer html if it's long, and txt if it's short. If it's something like a dictionary type, html because of the linking to ther terms. Encyclopedia, I prefer html also for linking, but also because I like to have the "find" abilities.

But back to the point, most of my e-books are .pdf
 
Old 07-15-2002, 03:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.

Is the PDF format adobe propriatary format tho?

The books we'd be making are everything from kindergarden-12th grade -- all subjects. Some books would have illustrations also.

What kind of PDF authoring tools are available for Linux?

Thanks again,
Ben.
 
Old 07-23-2002, 01:33 PM   #5
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There mostly plain text format and are in zip archieves (compressed in winzip)
 
Old 07-23-2002, 01:34 PM   #6
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There mostly plain text format and are in zip archieves (compressed by winzip)
 
Old 07-23-2002, 01:46 PM   #7
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Most of the e-books I have seen or used were in HTML format, probably to save size. A PDF file is usually larger than a HTML file, well at least from what I've seen.
 
Old 12-22-2002, 10:05 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by bkeating

What kind of PDF authoring tools are available for Linux?
htmldoc is a good one, it takes a single html file and converts it into a pdf file. I've had good luck with it. There's also the round about way of installing DocBook and using openjade and pdfjadetex. This is a good way to build a standard document that can be transfered around and not have to worry about people writing in different formats because DocBook can go to them from a single source file.

You can find all the info you need at www.tldp.org
 
Old 06-13-2007, 04:25 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Save Big Money on Ebooks

Have you downloaded any of those $97 ebooks recently?
All this bit looks like spam to me. E-Books haven't cost $97 since 1578 (this ignores the period of March to August 1845 when e-Books were in short supply and the price went through the roof). Stop wasting your money on hard copies of e-Books when the rest of us are reading them off the internet. All of it. - end lesson.

Last edited by XavierP; 06-14-2007 at 11:31 AM.
 
Old 06-13-2007, 04:40 AM   #10
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try project gutenberg
its free!
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

(repository of books with expired copyrights that are now in the public domain)


for creating a book in PDF i woudl use some sort of LaTeX editor,
and PDFLaTeX

probabbly kile ,

though if i was lazy i would use lyx.

OO.o can output as PDF too, but i woudl only recomend it for short books
 
Old 06-13-2007, 04:12 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Danfield
Have you downloaded any of those $97 ebooks recently?
Are you living in some kind of parallel universe where things cost 10x what they are here?

Aaand back on topic:

You might be interested in plucker.
 
  


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