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Questions tagged [file-format]

A file-format is the specific way of ordering and grouping of information in a (computer) file.

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SD Cards with Unusual File Types

Background: My dad died last year and I inherited sd cards (not micro) in plastic cases. These cards have several directories that all end in .RES Each directory has about 30 files in it. Two of the ...
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How can I get an HTML input converted to PDF at 6x9" or otherwise for KDP paperback creation?

I am trying to get from HTML originally intended for Kindle formats, to an output appropriate to KDP paperback format. Calibre appears to be producing 8 1/2 x 11" output, too large for this service ...
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Replace existing EPUB-files on Kobo with KEPUB-files

I bought many different epubs over the years and transfered them to my KOBO (h2o) using Calibre. With the latest update there is a new feature (fast scroll) which I'd love to use on my Kobo. ...
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Why would the Kobo Aura ONE dictionary not work on an ebook you borrow from the library?

I just bought my first e-book reader, a Kobo Aura ONE. Reading the manual, there is a section about the built-in dictionary: If you see an unfamiliar word while you're reading, you can use your ...
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Export .ePUB to text but somehow retain formatting

Is it possible to export an .ePUB document to .txt but also be able to retain the formatting of italicized and bold text? (For example, they can be in their own tags.)
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How to correct unicode errors after converting file format?

To convert epub to mobi I utilized on online tool, but it seems to have resulted in odd unicode errors. Throughout the text there are 0092, 0093 and 0094 in place of punctuation. Is this likely to ...
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Jump to Roman numeral numbered page

On a Kindle while reading a PDF I can select beginning or go to a numeric page. This particular PDF has a significant preface numbered with Roman numerals. How do I jump to a Roman numeral within ...
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How to best read a PDF on Kindle?

Interested in reliable ways of converting, specifically, PDF files for reading on a Kindle. See also: https://stackoverflow.com/q/5429242/262852 Not looking for a steep learning curve, something ...
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What are the negatives of linking a Kindle to an account?

What are the cons to register a Kindle with an Amazon account? Not so much whether a Kindle is usable, nor whether account is required but, once account is linked to a device, what then are the ...
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Convert epub to epub, to do more heuristic processing

During format conversion, Calibre can perform some heuristic processing. For example detecting chapters and scenebreaks. I've notices that a few epubs (especially from Project Gutenberg), could ...
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What are basic options to get images to .mobi, avoiding ebook-convert as slow?

I am trying to get automatic conversion of both text and images, preferably from ePub or HTML to Mobi. I added data: images to the files, but Kindlegen appears to reject it. If I have an XHTML 1.1 ...
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What options are there for letting people download an eBook from an iOS or Android device?

I have a website I'm working on that will offer eBook downloads. Its present form, when the user clicks "Download", downloads a Zipfile with Mobi, ePub, and HTML versions. I want to offer an option ...
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How to open CBR comic books on PocketBook?

Currently, PocketBook does not support the comic books CBR file format. Is there any way to open them without prior extracting and converting it on PC?
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Is it possible to protect a certain e-book file with password on PocketBook?

Is it possible to set password to a ceratin e-book file on PocketBook? For instance, will it read a password protected archive?
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Can a PDF run scripts or code?

Can a PDF run JavaScript? If yes what are the limitations of running scripts in a PDF when compared to a browser? Can it do network requests using JS? Can it run other types of scripts? Is ...
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Is there any way to remove DRM from DAISY ebooks?

DAISY is a digital ebook format designed for blind and disabled people. There are two kinds of DAISY books, "open" books which can be freely read by anyone, and "protected" books which have DRM and ...
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Creating an eBook with GIF animations

I run a technical blog and publish articles regularly that have GIF animations. Examples: one two three. I plan to aggregate a bunch of these articles into an eBook of sorts. I know I could break out ...
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Can readers display books “by the page”

Most readers I've encountered show their book contents as text, ie. as a continuous stream, instead of the "page view" you find in physical books or PDF. the "next page" button brings you not to "one ...
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Ebooks file naming scheme — Books in a series

Is there a best practice for naming books that come in a series? What is the best practice keeping things straight? Dilemma #1: The book publication dates don't match the Chronological order of ...
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How convert multi-column PDF files to readable PDF in 6 inches display devices?

What is the best way to convert multi-column PDF file into readable format in a 6 inch display devices like kindle?
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How to perfectly convert and read malayalam ebooks on kindle?

I've heard that people read malayalam (മലയാളം) ebooks on kindle. Not the images placed in a PDF file. The file which we can read like normal ebook format (controlling the fontsize mainly). I tried ...
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Developing a new file format for E-readers that supports special languages

Is it possible to develop a new file format that supports special languages like Persian? (and other right to left formats). I've read following content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-book
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What is the different compatible formats between Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire?

More specifically, I would like to know why this eBook is not compatible with the Kindle Paperwhite. It says that it is a print-replica with the additional features given by X-ray which is compatible ...
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Convert two similar formatted files to two column epub

I have two similar formatted ASCII files and want to convert the two into one *.epub ebook such that file1 is printed only in the left and file2 only in the right column. In this case: The Italian ...
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How to create Pocketbook logo?

I have two images in logo folder preinstalled in ebook (Pocketbook 612). Well, I take them and see this information. > identify 1_st.bmp > 1_st.612.bmp BMP 600x800 600x800+0+0 8-bit ...
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Kindle doesn't show cover

I just got a kindle as Christmas present. I got myself calibre and loaded 4 E-Books on my kindle. I can open and read every book, but unfortunately I just can see the covers of 2 of these 4 E-Books ...
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Is there a standard file format for distributing digital comic books?

The standard for pirated comic books seems to be a .cbz/.cbr format, as well as a less frequent epub. .pdf is being a discouraged (some would say unforgivable) option but not unheard of in the pirate-...
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What ebook format to choose?

Frequently we need to resolve what format, platform and so on, will be the most useful for a particular project. Right now I need to compare the features of digital book formats in order to deliver a ...
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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

I am used to creating and editing .epub files, usually with Sigil. Sometimes, however, I need to retouch a file in .mobi format for my wife. My usual approach is to convert it in .epub with Calibre, ...
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How can I create internal links with Sigil?

I would like to add some internal links to an ebook I have—namely, adding links from the Table of Contents to the beginning of each chapters, and links at the end of each chapter to the TOC. ...
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Is there an ebook format that stores annotations in the ebook file itself?

I believe .epub and .mobi files both don't support annotations. Which is unfortunate since they are some of the most popular formats. It looks like Kindle supports adding notes to ebooks but they are ...
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What text format is least likely to clash with ebook formats?

There are several different software products for collecting and formatting the electronic written word. Microsoft & Google, are two big names offering products, there are also many others. ...
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File types and readers - maximum coverage

Assume that an author is about to launch an ebook. In order of priority, what are the most widely-readable file types, in terms of actual users? In other words, to make the book available immediately ...
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Known Issues with Amazon's Converter

What are the known issues with converting various document types to ebooks with Kindle's online or offline converters? I am not asking for a technical run-down of all of the things that could go wrong ...
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What are the different file formats that eBooks are available in and which of these is most widely supported?

I am a beginner to eBooks, and as somebody who has been "outside" of eBooks I've only ever heard of Amazon's Kindle and seen a variety of options for purchase on Google Play. I have recently ...
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How do I read a .sbrz ebook?

I'm trying to read an eBook that is in .sbrz format. The only way I've found to open .sbrz files is a program called Sky eBook Reader (apparently the creator of this format), but when I use that, all ...
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Does something about DjVu prevent making a free viewer on iOS?

Is there something about the technology and rights to the DjVu ebook format that explains why it's only available for iPhone by purchasing an app or by making an in-app purchase in a free app? I saw ...
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Is there a good size comparison of which of different e-book formats is smaller?

If I have an option of reading e-books in a range of formats (ebub, mobi, Sony LRF, .lit, rtf, MS Word's .docx, Rocket, Amazon's Kindle format, pdf), which one takes the least amount of space over the ...
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Are there any open e-book file formats that support statistics gathering?

Are there any open e-book file formats which support gathering of anonymous statistics (e.g. how many times an e-book has been opened) by the content creator? By "support", include both the support ...
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Does Microsoft allow official readers of “lit” format other than MS Reader?

Back when I last checked (couple of years ago), if you wanted to read .lit format books, you had to either install MS Reader software (which meant only Windows PC), or download a somehat-shady (not ...
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How is an epub structured internally?

I know from sources I do not remember anymore, that an epub file is a valid zip file containing (among other files) chapters as *.xhtml files, a manifest file content.opf and a table of contents file ...
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What ebook format works across platforms and is simple to translate to other formats? [duplicate]

What ebook format works across platforms and devices? Is there one that is simple to translate to other formats while still maintaining high quality? Does this depend on the type of book (fiction, ...
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Scrivener as a tool for creating ebooks

What issues can one expect when writing a document in Scrivener and creating an ebook? That is, what technical, formatting, or other hurdles should I expect if I do this? I am assuming that it would ...
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How can I put footnotes in an ebook?

I am currently formatting a manuscript into ebook formats (epub and mobi). My manuscript contains many footnotes, and I don't know how to handle them. It's important for me that these be footnotes ...
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How well is SVG (being a “pixel image” alternative) supported?

I didn't mention it in my previous question because it's an image format made of vectors, but would SVG provide a usable alternative for non-pixel images like illustrations? If, how well is SVG ...
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Is there a standardized or recommended image format, size, and resolution when embedding images?

I would like to embed images into my ebook, but I could not find any general references that describe "best practices" related to image format, size and resolution. Are there any standardized or ...
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Does a “one-fits-all” file format exist or should I offer multiple ebook formats?

I want to publish my first e-book, but the multitude of available file formats (PDF, ePUB, MOBI, TXT, etc.) is a bit overwhelming. As a result, I am not really sure which format (if any) would be able ...