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A standard format for ebooks defined by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)

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How to convert .epub to .pdb for testing

I've seen some conversion sites that can convert .epub files to .pdb files but I was unaware of a source library or a way to convert a file locally for testing on the Nook. So my question is: Do you ...
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Dedicated ebook reader?

I'm looking for a device that allows me to read ebooks, but I don't want it to do much, if anything, else. So something that has a dedicated ebook reading design and functionality (so for example not ...
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Can I make custom fonts show up in iBooks?

Is it possible to include custom fonts in an ebook and have them show up in iBooks, or can you only use the various default fonts listed on the device?
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Epub reader limitations

Some ebook readers (like Sony PRS-650) does not handle epub files which contains HTML files bigger than ~200-300kbytes. Is there any other limitations which are not part of the standard but ebook ...
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Testing a reader's EPUB 3.0 support

Users have asked a few good questions about EPUB 3.0 support, like Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?, Can EPUB 3.0 be viewed on EPUB 2 devices?, and a question about Epub reader limitations. I ...
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browser tools to test custom viewport sizes?

I'm coding html for ebooks, and my first test is in the Firefox browser. I need a down-and-dirty to simulate and compare web design in different device viewports in both landscape and portrait mode. ...
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How can I access a web browser on the Nook Simple Touch?

I have a Nook Simple Touch and am frustrated by its lack of a web browser. I want to download ePub files from websites and read them on my Nook. I know there is supposed to be no web browser ...
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ePubs, PDFs and security

I get eBooks and literature from a variety of places. Mostly legal places, like Amazon - but sometimes from other random places. PDFs are more popular and come with advanced capabilities, like ...
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Can custom fonts be embedded in mobi or epub books targeting eink readers?

Assuming that I am targeting non-tablet eBook readers such as Kindle and nook, is it possible to layout a book with some text in the default font of the device and some paragraphs in a special font ...
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What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3?

What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3? Which is most popular?
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How can I optimize an epub file?

How can I optimize an epub file, in order, but not limited to: limit the chances of compatibility issues? make it faster to load and to be processed from the reader? keep its look consistent ...
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Epub cover does not display properly in Kobo app

I formatted an epub for an indie author. The author tells me that the cover displays properly on the Kindle and the Nook; I checked it in ADE and Calibre. It passed the IDPF epub validator. However, ...
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Epub file not turning pages on nook devices

OK, I'm having a very strange problem with a reflowable epub file I'm creating. It displays fine on most reading systems, but on the Nook, it will not advance pages across chapter breaks. Instead, it ...
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What is the easiest workflow to publish ePub files from highly structured database content?

I have a large amount of highly structured data (Bible verse translations and commentary) in an SQL database that I would like to make available in as widely usable an ebook format (or formats) as ...
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Is the file size limit for Nook epub files still 600MB?

Is the maximum file size for epubs sold through Barnes&Noble (via a publisher account) still 600MB?
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What does FlightCrew's “Unable to find zip structure: End-of-central-directory” mean?

I am experimenting with building my own .epub files and try to validate them using FlightCrew. Currently it says my file is invalid because it is Unable to find zip structure: End-of-central-...
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Epub OPF 'spine' element: how to exclude an html file from linear reading order, while allowing it to be accessed from a link

I converted an html source to epub with Calibre. Original 'html' source has got an individual html file for each footnote. Footnotes' files are reported in <spine> element of my content.opf, so ...
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Embed a CDF file into an EPUB 3

Can a Wolfram Computable Document Format (CDF) file be embedded in an EPUB 3 container? If not, is it possible to convert the CDF to HTML5 and then embed it?
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How do I permanently change the font size in HAN Software's ePub Reader?

I know I can easily zoom in or zoom out in HAN Software's ePub Reader but if I do this, whenever I re-open my ePub, I have to zoom in again. Is there a way I can set a static font size for ePub ...
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How to build an epub starting from a bunch of HTML files?

I have a number of short HTML files (actually they are XHTML) with small problems and answers, which I post on my blog every Sunday, and I'd like to merge some of them in an ebook. I already did it ...
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Is epub 3 meant to replace epub 2?

Will EPUB 2 remain an active standard now that EPUB 3 is out? More specifically: Should all new EPUB development use EPUB 3 regardless of the target platform (meaning e-ink along with tablet)? Are ...
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How can I validate an epub file?

How can I formally validate the structure of an .epub file and check it for errors?
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Page flipping effect in eBooks

I am new to the world of ebook publishing. I have created an ebook of format .epub and I am wondering what can I do to enable a page flipping effect when user navigates from one page to another, on a ...
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How can I automate the creation of EPUB files from series of existing JPEG photos?

I have multiple sets of JPEG photos (not images/scans of books, but of e.g. my children), that I would like to turn into EPUB files, so I can take them along on my ebook-reader and view them. Are ...
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How can I keep a large number of EPUB files, managed in calibre, “polished”

As described in this answer, you can manually polish EPUB files so they are updated with the metadata you added or changed in calibre, without converting the EPUB files. At least on Linux there is a ...
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How easy is it to add a table of contents to an epub book?

Some text editors (e.g. MS Word, or Atlassian Confluence Wiki editor) make it trivial to add a table of contents to a text that was properly formatted (e.g. has headings/chapter titles), by merely ...
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Are there Perl modules recommended for reading and creating epub files?

Are there any Perl modules that support the full epub format reading and writing? Ideally something that is maintained, so it includes or will include epub 3 compatibility.
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How do I easily convert and send PDFs to a Nook GlowLight or SimpleTouch's native format

Amazon makes it easy to convert PDFs and send to Kindle in the Kindle's native format. How to do this (simply!) on a Nook? I do know conversion is possible with tools such as Calibre but I was ...
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Is ePub3 backward compatible? [closed]

I am planning to publish a book and I am wondering whether to distribute it as ePub3 or ePub4. My concern being that older eBook readers may still be out there and I do not wish to exclude them. I ...
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Are there technical advantages of one common format over another?

Different e-reader devices support different ebook formats. The main two seem to be ePub and MOBI. I'm wondering why we have two commonly-used formats. Do they have different technical advantages, ...