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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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I have a printed version of a book does it allow me to possess an electronic copy?

I have a printed version (i.e. a hardback or paperback) of a book and I wonder whether this allows me to possess an electronic version of it (e.g. .pdf file). Edit: Isn't it allowed by the clause 107....
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If a book doesn't have DRM does that mean it is OK to give a copy to my friend to read?

I downloaded a book that does not have DRM (Digital rights management), I did not have to pay anything for it. Does this mean it is OK to give a copy of the book to my friend? Note: This question is ...
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EPUB 3.0 <dc:identifier>

My question is on the <dc:identifier>. Is the <dc:indentifier> unique and hashed to an IP address or MAC address?
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Is it possible to get rid of the search button (magnifying glass) from the bottom bar?

The Kindle Fire has a feature through which you can search your collections or the web at the touch of a button. This component can be accessed from the bottom bar, where the home, back, and favorite ...
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Are there any ebook libraries in Germany

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in Germany? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this German version of the ...
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Format flash problem on Boox M92

My Boox M92 e-reader is brand new. I realized that internal storage was roughly 2GB/3GB full. (In fact it should have 4GB in total) I tried to format flash as I had nothing anyway, except maybe a ...
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custom bullets html ebook kindle

I am creating an ebook for Amazon's Kindle in HTML, and then later use KindleGen to convert it into the Kindle's MOBI version. The problem I am currently having is with custom bullets for nested ...
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How can I use pdftk to make changes to my PDF ebooks?

There are answers by asalamon74 (here), and by anthon (here, here and here), that use pdftk. I don't think I have pdftk installed on my ebook reader¹. How and where do I install it, and once ...
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Nook read 37 files in ePub as 37 chapters instead of 11 in toc.ncx

Nook read 37 files in my ePub as 37 chapters instead of 11 chapters as set out in toc.ncx (NCX file) -- the ToC as presented by Nook lists filenames for all the chapters that do not have navPoint / ...
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Is it a good idea to minify code when coding ePubs?

I typically minify my .css file because it's something I am used to when developing websites, but I have seen some people actually minify their .xml files (such as the .ncx, .opf, etc.). I have always ...
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How can I extract some chapters or sections from an ebook into a new one?

How can I easily extract some sections from an ebook and create a new one that will contain just those parts? It would be especially useful with omnibus ebooks when I want to read just some of the ...
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More than one chapter div in one epub file?

A self-publishing author started his book with two epigraphs and a prologue. I originally formatted this as one file, putting the epigraphs at the top of the page (separated by blank lines). The ...
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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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How can I get access to my personal documents on Amazon for my Kindle?

I used to sync my personal documents to my Kindle via Amazon website "Manage my Kindle". Unfortunately there has been an update to Amazon’s website and there, under Manage my Kindle, I simply cannot ...
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Where can I source images for ebooks that are not restricted by reproduction limits nor dpi? [closed]

As you are probably aware, most image vendors restrict you to the number of reproductions you can make using their images. Many have additional licenses that you can purchase, but they are often ...
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How does the 3G carrier designation limit a Kindle's use?

I am looking into buying a used Kindle DX, and I've noticed that people describe their Kindles either as unlocked, or as belonging to a certain carrier (for example, AT&T). I don't live in the ...
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Legality of read-it-later services, most specifically Send to Kindle

I just got a Kindle, and the send-to-kindle applications look very appealing. I'm wondering about the legality of these read-it-later services. I know that some websites have terms saying that the ...
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Selling ebooks of school textbooks

I have a scan machine at my home so i have scanned a lot of school textbooks to create ebooks. I am wondering if it possible for someone to buy an ebook from me in this manner and for it to be legal. ...
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Public domain search tools/websites

Is there a united resource or program to search public domain works? By united I mean it searches in more than 1 website for my search term.
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If a publisher owns the rights to their own content does it become public domain if they go out of business?

If a publisher owns the rights to their content and they go out of business how can you find out who owns it? Does the content they created and published become public domain? Who would own the ...
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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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What is “text to speech”?

I see some kindle books advertised on Amazon that say "text-to-speech: Enabled" what is this? How is it different from an audio book?
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What software should I use to write books, which can be exported to Lulu and CreateSpace?

I currently use PagePlus X6 to typeset books. It has the capability to export to .pdf files and .epub files. However, the generated files are being rejected by Lulu and CreateSpace. Is there an ...
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Will I be able to read PDFs in Cyrillic on Kindle (classic)?

I have many PDF's in Russian, with embedded fonts. Will I be able to read them on my Kindle (classic) device?
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Two kindles bricked, can there be a common cause?

I used to have a Kindle 3 (keyboard). After almost 3 years of honourable service, it started getting stuck more and more, until reset wasn't solving anything anymore. The very helpful Amazon customer ...
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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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Is there any e-ink technology that can display colors?

I had opportunity to buy a Kindle Paperwhite and I was looking for an equivalent which support colors. Amazon have the Kindle Fire but it is a tablet technology which is not comparable to the e-ink. ...
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AWZ3 conversion not working

I'm attempting to convert a 26 meg AZW3 file to XML or HTML or TXT. I've tried a few online conversion sites, unfortunately they always fail with a very generic error message. I've installed Calibre ...
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What is “Read an Ebook Week”?

I was just sitting down to start shopping at Smashwords, and found this listing. A quick look on line seems to indicate this is some kind of world wide deal. What is "Read an Ebook Week"? Where did ...
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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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Can I copy or publish, text from a website.

Can I copy or publish text—from a website—that is in the public domain? The text was already published as hard cover, in many apps, and as PDF. But never for Kindle (AZW3).
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How do I modify the connection habits of my Kindle Keyboard 3G?

I have Kindle Keyboard 3G, I use the text to speech for reading books while commuting. If I leave the wireless turned on it uses up the battery pretty fast trying to keep and or find a 3G or WiFi ...
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Can Kindle previewer preview older Kindles?

Can Kindle previewer (from Amazon) preview what a document will look like on older Kindles? Kindle previewer can preview Kindle: Paperwhite Touch fire Kindle for PC or Mac All other Kindle apps ...
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Publishing e-book

I have created an e-book and I would like to publish it. Do I have to contact an authority so I can get the ISBN or it will be automatically assigned from the e-book publisher? What are the steps ...
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Are there any ebook search engines?

Are there any websites that work like ebook search engines, where you can perform a search over multiple stores and have the results sortable and/or filterable for file format, price, presence of DRM, ...
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What is the hidden file .adobe-digital-editions on my Kobo?

What is the hidden folder .adobe-digital-editions on my Kobo? I just did a factory reset, but it is still there. Can I delete this?
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How well do ereaders typeset?

There are many aspects to good typesetting, such as picking a good font, kerning, use of ligatures, justification (flushed vs ragged) and hyphenation. Many interesting details can be found in e.g. ...
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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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High resolution small-size pdf

PDFs on archive.org are in high resolution yet has relatively small size. For example, this book. The book's resolution is 500 ppi and 46 Mb size. What I did was I extract the pages using Adobe ...
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I have a dumb phone LG840G, is there an ebook reader available for it?

I have Tracfone LG840G it is a dumb phone (as opposed to a smart phone). I looked around at Tracfone, and did not find an ebook reader app (but I might not have looked hard enough). When I do a web ...
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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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What was the first book to be published electronically?

If we consider an electronic book to be an non-printed book that is only "readable" via an electronic device. Which book is the first book to be published electronically? According to Wikipedia "The ...
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I have a book written in Word format [duplicate]

There seems to be answers on here for converting .docx books to read on the kindle, but what would I have to do to allow it to be read on more platforms then the kindle? A lot of people I know do not ...
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Has a real or fictional ebook or ereader, been the title or main focus of a book or movie? [closed]

It is not usual for technology or to play a title role in works of fiction. Air Force One (1997) as an example. I am not looking for work that is both an ebook and a movie. I am looking for ...
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Format for ebook that contains code

What's a good format for making an ebook that contains code. Is markdown a good option or is there something better available? I may want to convert it to ePub/Mobi and PDF later. Is it a good idea ...
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PRS-T2 very slow with some PDFs

I have a PRS-T2 and use it a lot. Sometimes I convert documents to PDF in LibreOffice, then upload them to the ereader (using Calibre on a Mac). It works, but quite often turning a page can take ...
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How do I shop for only DRM free books on Amazon?

I know how to tell if a book on Amazon is DRM free. There are lots of ways to sort, and filter books to just ones I am interested in on Amazon. I want to also be able to limit to books that I would ...
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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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Personal screensaver random from a set on Bookeen Cybook Odyssey

In this answer it describes how to set a screensaver image (that shows when the book-reader is switched off/standby). If you deselect the screensaver the Odyssey shows one of series of (5 or so) ...

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