Conversion to ePUB

Can Freeway pages in sites bre converted to ePUB format for iBook publishing?


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If you use an application like Calibre on your Mac, you can do this.
You need to make sure that your pages are very simple, and you need to
keep each page at or under 300K. No JavaScript, no Flash, external
stylesheets, minimal and small images. E-readers are mostly very
simple beasts, and they are easily confused. iPad is not easily
confused, but if you want to sell (or even give away) your finished
books in the Apple Bookstore, you must be able to thread your file
through this needle:

http://threepress.org/document/epub-validate

I’ve been working on a project for Liberty Fund to convert their
entire digital library to E-pub, so I’ve got some fresh wounds here on
this topic.

Walter

On May 3, 2011, at 9:09 PM, Charles Scurlock wrote:

Can Freeway pages in sites bre converted to ePUB format for iBook
publishing?


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Can I link footnote references in the text to the particular note located in another part of the document? That is, if one clicks on a highlighted section of text in the document will it bring the actual text of the reference, either by jumping to that page or in a new window on the same page, as a Freeway web site would? Or is this capability lost when converted to ePub?


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In my experiments, you can have notes on a different HTML file within
the e-pub package, as long as your links are all relative, which
Freeway does by default. So I would say chances are good that if it
works in a browser on your Mac when you preview it, it will still work
when it’s an e-pub on your iPad, assuming Calibre or whatever
generator you use doesn’t throw some spanners in there for you.

My solution uses Nokogiri and runs in Ruby on the server, and at the
moment it has just finished chewing through 1,500 titles in 12.86
minutes. These range from Revolutionary War -era pamphlets to the
Bible and everything Adam Smith ever wrote, so nothing simple.

Walter

On May 4, 2011, at 2:58 PM, Charles Scurlock wrote:

Can I link footnote references in the text to the particular note
located in another part of the document? That is, if one clicks on a
highlighted section of text in the document will it bring the actual
text of the reference, either by jumping to that page or in a new
window on the same page, as a Freeway web site would? Or is this
capability lost when converted to ePub?


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Thanks. I have written a fairly technical book with numerous footnotes and references that I want to be easily accessible to the reader while the text is being read and using direct html links seems to be the best way to achieve this, but hadn’t found accessible info about footnotes in ePub as yet, so your comments are very helpful.


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