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  • Hello from Toronto!
  • What is the current state of Color eInk Research?
  • Free/Bargain build your own ebooks tool
  • Interesting Kindle Upgrade
  • Baen can no longer provide automatic delivery to Kindle by email.
  • Kobo Touch Freezing While Reading
  • Tool to rewrite a PDF as new text after OCR
  • Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015
  • Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015
  • Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015
  • User Dictionary Suggestion...
  • Other Non-Fiction Thoreau, Henry: Walden. (german) V1. 27 May 2015
  • XML Language Tag question
  • Looking for my first tablet
  • Calibre Back End Integration


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    Hello from Toronto!

    Hi there!

    I'm from Toronto (home of Kobo! :thumbsup:) and I just joined up. I've been lurking for a while, grabbing Kobo discount codes here and there, and I decided it was time to contribute some back - No really good ones in the latest contest yet, regrettably...

    I'm not as adventurous as many of the folks on here who use a lot of different platforms and programs for organizing and reading their eBooks. I mostly stick to the Kobo ecosystem, though I use it through the apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mostly. I do have a bedside Kobo Aura, for mellow before-bed reading.

    It's good to be here, and I hope to learn a lot from all you eReading Jedi. :)

     
    What is the current state of Color eInk Research?

    Didn't see a discussion on this: Can anyone comment as to the current state of Color eInk research, why Kobo / Amazon hasn't jumped on this yet, current leaders? I would think this is a huge untapped market in the U.S., but I am wayyy behind on the current state of the R&D. Would love input.

    Thanks!

     
    Free/Bargain build your own ebooks tool

    Hi,

    Looking for tire kickers to try out alpha version of PageKicker, which is a factory for creating custom e-books on any topic.

    http://www.PageKicker.com/index.php/workbench

    Cheers,

    Fred Zimmerman
    founder

     
    Interesting Kindle Upgrade

    Saw this in my daily The Passive Voice email:

    http://www.fastcodesign.com/3046678/...at-doesnt-suck

    Apparently, the update is being rolled out to the actual ereaders later in the summer, so no specific date, but it is coming soon.

    What does anyone else think?

     
    Baen can no longer provide automatic delivery to Kindle by email.

    This was posted on Baen's Bar today. ---Quote--- Dear Baen Ebooks customer, Starting on or about *June 10, 2015*, Baen Ebooks will no longer be able to provide automatic delivery of the .mobi format to a Kindle device via the "Email book to my Kindle" feature. We have just learned that to comply with Amazon's Terms of Use, Baen Ebooks cannot use Amazon's Personal Documents Service to deliver paid content. ---End Quote--- They have updated the ereader instructions page: ---Quote--- For more information on how to load Baen Ebooks onto your Kindle device, check out our Ereader Instruction page: http://www.baenebooks.com/t-ereaderinstructions.aspx#kindle ---End Quote--- ---Quote--- *Emailing books directly to your Kindle* Depending on which Kindle you are using and how you are connecting to the Internet, Amazon may charge a modest fee for emailing an Ebook to your Kindle. For US customers, the fee is 15 cents for 1 MB of data (almost all of our Ebooks are less than 1 MB). For non-US customers, the fee is 99 cents for 1 MB of data. Amazon’s Terms of Use does not permit Baen Books to send EBooks directly to your Kindle from the Baen site. You can, however, still email your Ebook to your Kindle by following these directions: 1. Log in to your Amazon Kindle account at* Amazon Kindle Manager (http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage/)*. 2. In Amazon Kindle Manager, add your personal email address to your list of approved senders under Manage Your Content and Devices Settings. 3. Log in to your Baen Ebooks account and navigate to your purchased Ebook’s product page. 4. Click “Email book to my Kindle.” 5. Enter your personal email address into the email address box. 6. Press Send. 7. Check your email. You should receive an email from Ebooks@baenebooks.com with a .mobi file attached. 8. Forward this email to your Kindle, making sure the .mobi file remains attached. Within 15 minutes, your Ebook should be on your Kindle. For more information about Amazon fees, check out the Kindle section in our *Ereader Instructions (http://www.baenebooks.com/t-ereaderinstructions.aspx)*. ---End Quote--- bernie

     
    Kobo Touch Freezing While Reading

    Hey all,


    I have owned my Kobo Touch for ~3 years now (since around Christmas 2012) and for the first 2.5 it worked like a charm, allowing me to read hundreds of hours of KePubs and ePubs both. In the past 8 months due to school I had not had much time to put my Kobo to use but now that I have finished for the year I have been back to reading regularly.

    Unfortunately, the Touch is freezing every ~10 pages (it is somewhat irregular, but if I were to take an average of the frequency it would be this). The touch screen (turn page forward/back, and pressing the center to open that menu interface), home button and power button are all completely unresponsive for 1-2 minutes, enough to be a major frustration and immensely disruptive to the quality of the read. This has occurred with two sideloaded ePubs now; one added through Calibre and a second through Digital Editions (I downloaded the ebook from my local library's website as a limited-time .acsm).

    I did a factory reset yesterday and noticed the issue after the same length of time as usual. I have synced several times, have re-done the initial configuration through Kobo Desktop, and know that the reader is on 3.11. Any ideas?


    Regards,


    aust77

     
    Tool to rewrite a PDF as new text after OCR

    I have some old scanned CS papers in PDF format (I don't have an original printed copy) and the quality isn't great. I can upload them into Google Docs (after turning on translate into native google docs format option) and it will perform OCR but it's obviously adding this as a separate layer in the PDF as the text quality remains unchanged.

    Is there any Open Source (or freeware; Windows or Linux) tool that can take this OCR layer and generate a new PDF (or better; a Word/Open Office/LaTeX doc) with the same general layout that I can then hand edit (to clean up the conversion errors)?

    EDIT: I tried to use this online site (http://www.free-online-ocr.com/) and results were horrible though it was clearly trying to do what I asked above. http://www.onlineocr.net/ was better but is limited to one page at a time unless I register. I'd prefer something that I can run locally vs uploading to the web.

     
    Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015

    Joseph Marie Eugène Sue (French pronunciation: ​[ø.ʒɛn sy] (20 January 1804 – 3 August 1857) was a French novelist. He established the genre of the serial novel with his very popular and widely imitated Les Mystères de Paris which was published in a newspaper from 1842 to 1843.

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    About two hours before the event last related took place at St. Mary’s Convent, Rodin and Abbe d’Aigrigny met in the room where we have already seen them, in the Rue du Milieu-des-Ursins. Since the Revolution of July, Father d’Aigrigny had thought proper to remove for the moment to this temporary habitation all the secret archives and correspondence of his Order—a prudent measure, since he had every reason to fear that the reverend fathers would be expelled by the state from that magnificent establishment, with which the restoration had so liberally endowed their society.

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    Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015

    Joseph Marie Eugène Sue (French pronunciation: ​[ø.ʒɛn sy] (20 January 1804 – 3 August 1857) was a French novelist. He established the genre of the serial novel with his very popular and widely imitated Les Mystères de Paris which was published in a newspaper from 1842 to 1843.

    Excerpt
    About two hours before the event last related took place at St. Mary’s Convent, Rodin and Abbe d’Aigrigny met in the room where we have already seen them, in the Rue du Milieu-des-Ursins. Since the Revolution of July, Father d’Aigrigny had thought proper to remove for the moment to this temporary habitation all the secret archives and correspondence of his Order—a prudent measure, since he had every reason to fear that the reverend fathers would be expelled by the state from that magnificent establishment, with which the restoration had so liberally endowed their society.

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    Historical Fiction Sue, Eugène: The Wandering Jew, Book V. v1. 27 May 2015

    Joseph Marie Eugène Sue (French pronunciation: ​[ø.ʒɛn sy] (20 January 1804 – 3 August 1857) was a French novelist. He established the genre of the serial novel with his very popular and widely imitated Les Mystères de Paris which was published in a newspaper from 1842 to 1843.

    Excerpt
    About two hours before the event last related took place at St. Mary’s Convent, Rodin and Abbe d’Aigrigny met in the room where we have already seen them, in the Rue du Milieu-des-Ursins. Since the Revolution of July, Father d’Aigrigny had thought proper to remove for the moment to this temporary habitation all the secret archives and correspondence of his Order—a prudent measure, since he had every reason to fear that the reverend fathers would be expelled by the state from that magnificent establishment, with which the restoration had so liberally endowed their society.

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    User Dictionary Suggestion...

    Hi folks,

    This is my first post - please be gentle...

    I've rummaged around on the net and cannot find another solution to this (other than mine), so I thought I'd ask here!

    I'm currently 'involved' (read providing Tech Support) in a couple of e-pub collaborations using Sigil and I've hit upon a small niggle.

    One of the books is Natural History (flora and fauna) based and has a large number of Latin names (over 1000) which as you can imagine drives the spell checker nuts.

    Consequently, I only wanted to set up the user dictionary for this book once, it's on a Dropbox share containing all the files for the e pub to which all collaborating parties have edit access.

    I then created symlinks on all the machines involved to 'put' the file in the right place and configured Sigil to use the dictionary. This works well but requires some tech savvy to set up.

    I got to thinking - "wouldn't it be much easier if it was possible to specify a path for a user dictionary overriding the default as well as the dictionary name..."

    That way an e-pubs dictionary can be kept with the e-pub no matter where it is stored.

    Just a thought!

    Andy B.

     
    Other Non-Fiction Thoreau, Henry: Walden. (german) V1. 27 May 2015

    Henry David Thoreau (12. Juli 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts — 6. Mai 1862 ebenda) war ein amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Philosoph. (aus Wikipedia)

    Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern. Verwendete Ausgabe: Eugen Diederichs Verlag, Jena. 1922. Aus dem Englischen von Wilhelm Nobbe (1845-1909).

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    XML Language Tag question

    I had a UK book with UK spellings, so I thought I'd tell the book it's a EN-GB language book.

    W3schools helped me with the syntax, and I think I got it correct (see picture)

    Do I have to add the tag to each file's <html> section, or is there another way to do it?

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    Looking for my first tablet

    I've been looking for my first tablet. I want Android, 7-inch screen, and micro card slot (preferably sdxc); don't care about camera. I would be using it primarily for reading, listening to audiobooks, streaming music, web browsing and e-mail, and occasionally playing games like Candy Crush.

    I was hoping to stay around $100. I'm looking at the ASUS MeMo Pad 7 ME176CX-A1, for $119. The reviews on this one look pretty good, and my old ASUS netbook has been a workhorse, so I'm favorably inclined toward ASUS.

    I'm also tempted by the Toshiba Excite Go AT7-C8. I'd been on the verge of getting this one until I saw some really bad reviews. Now I'm thinking about it again because it's been dropping in price by $2-$3 every day at Amazon for the past week--today it's down to only $55. At that price, maybe I can overlook some drawbacks. On the other hand, these price drops have me baffled--I'm wondering why Amazon's trying to dump these (other retailers have not similarly dropped the price).

    Any opinions on either of these, or recommendations for something else? Thanks.

     
    Calibre Back End Integration

    Good Morning,

    I am looking into using Calibre for our company to automate the conversion of PDFs to ePUB. Is this something that would be possible to integrate with our system in order so that Calibre can have the PDFs pushed to it, automatically convert it to ePUB and then push it back to our system with virtually no user interaction. Is this something that Calibre is capable of? Obviously some back end development may be necessary.

    Thanks so much,

    David

     

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