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Finding the home screen's most recent books on Linux

Sony PRS-650 shows the three most recent books on its home screen. How can I modify this top three and how can I list the current ones when the device is connected to a PC running Linux?
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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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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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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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What is the correct term for eBook?

According to Wikipedia there are several variations of the term; e-book, eBook, e-Book, ebook, digital book, or even e-edition. Is there anyone that is most widely accepted or used?
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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 is the most effective way to manage an overheated device?

I've noticed that my Kindle Fire (fittingly, maybe) feels very hot when I am using it sometimes. Obviously, common sense would dictate that picking the device up off of the surface it's sitting on is ...
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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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Avoid additional styling of images in html made by Calibre viewer

Under Ubuntu 12.04 I converted with Calibre an html source to epub format, but when I read the resulting epub with Calibre I noticed (using the 'inspect' command of Calibre viewer) that images get ...
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Can I donate an ebook to my library's Overdrive collection?

My local library uses overdrive, for ebook loans. Can I donate an ebook I already own to them, or can I purchase an ebook specifically for my library?
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Will Kindle 3 Touch cover case fit a Paperwhite?

My Kindle 3 Touch device has broken, and I'm getting the new Paperwhite version. Will the cover case I've already got for the Touch fit with the Paperwhite, or are the device designs different enough ...
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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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How do I override the power cycling when the battery gets below 5%?

I know that I probably shouldn't let the battery run so low on my Kindle Fire, but occasionally I have let it dip below 5%. Once this happens, the device no longer let's me trickle charge, and it ...
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Converting an sbrz file on a Mac?

Does anyone know how I can convert/open an sbrz file on my Mac? Hoping to turn it into a PDF.
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Differences and commonalities between publishing an ebook and a paper book [closed]

Publishing a paper book, for example, requires paper, publishing an ebook usually requires an online store. Both require one or more writer(s). What are the (other) commonalities and differences in ...
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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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Is there any way to address encoding errors in purchased ebooks

I have found a number of ebooks that I have purchased have some glitches in the encoding. Most often I notice that the pages are mapped incorrectly. For instance, in one case I advance to the next ...
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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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Why are ebooks priced lower than their physical counterparts? [closed]

Was this some sort of marketing gimmick that companies employed to familiarize and promote ebooks to people? Or are there other factors that result in this pricing?
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What settings are the most energy efficient on a Nook Color?

I have seen some touch screen readers that have a gray on black background scheme that helps to reduce the power consumption and increase battery life. But those settings do not really exist on the ...
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Are there ways to easily convert chapter-split books from popular fan-fiction sites into single e-book?

Are there ways to easily convert chapter-split books from popular fan-fiction sites into single e-book? Of course, one can either manually download every one of 50+ chapters of a large fic by hand ...
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How do I create a simple e-book with MobiPocket Creator on Windows?

I realize that a lot of e-book authors use conversion tools to produce .mobi files for e-book readers. But I would like to directly produce native .mobi files. After some searching, it appears that ...
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How much of the power does the screen of e-Ink device consume?

On Android smartphones, when you look into Power settings, it shows a neat usage graph, which usually looks like this (my phone has very similar #s right now): ================ 40%+ Screen ==== 10% ...
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What was the average income from ebooks for independent authors in 2013?

Ebooks have been a boon to independent authors, providing a path to audiences, unmatched in the history of publishing. The field is rather new, and currently there is not even Wikipedia page ...
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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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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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What are advantages of publishing DRM-protected books for an author?

What are advantages of publishing DRM-protected books for an author? Clearly some authors think that there are advantages of using DRM since they publish DRM-protected books, when they have an option ...
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How do I convert an RSS feed's entries into an ebook?

How would I convert an RSS feed into an ebook? I know that calibre can already do this but it is a bit bulky and I don't feel confident writing a recipe in Python to try to do this. I do have access ...
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Is there a way to push epubs to iBookstore moreover using iTunes Producer?

I am wondering if there is an API that will allow me to push epubs, with all the needed meta data, to Apple iTunes/iBookstore. Currently I am using the desktop app iTunes Producer.
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Is “soft DRM” a viable option?

For "soft DRM" I mean a sort of watermark (for example, a section stating "This book has been bought by Jane Doe from ACME Inc") which does not protect the book from being copied but states who is the ...
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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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This title is not currently available for purchase?

I have been primarily reading eBooks using Play Books on my Android tablet, however today I tried out the Amazon Kindle app and tried to download some of their free eBooks to test it out and compare ...
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How to (easily) get the back cover off a $35 Polaroid PER7021 e-reader?

I have an e-reader I picked up at Big Lots for $35 and it's a great machine, aside from two problems: It eats through batteries when turned off. The battery cover doesn't remove easily without using ...
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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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Are there any solar-powered ebook reader?

The power consumption of an e-ink ebook reader is quite low. An average user might need to charge it once a month. Even a very small solar panel should be able to generate enough power for it. Are ...
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How beneficial was the Baen Free Library to Baen publishing?

Did Baen publishing ever release information that quantitatively illustrated whether their business approach of publishing older books for free in Baen Free Library resulted in increased revenue?
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Kindle Touch Battery Replacement

Can I replace the internal battery of my Kindle Touch. How do I go about this? What battery does it use? Where can I find a replacement?
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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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How do I determine the latest firmware version for a Bookeen Odyssey?

When I look at the page for downloading firmware it displays Cybook Odyssey Firmware Update - Version 5.2 (build 1780) Is that the latest release, I red somewhere about version 5.2 build 1894 also....
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When should I completely poweroff an eink device rather than putting it in stand-by?

Given that the technology of eink screens make it so that even during normal usage the power requirement is kept lower than other kind of displays, when it is advisable to completely shut-down the ...
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Is it possible to add a Table of Contents to a CBZ file?

Like the title says, is it possible to add something like a Table of Contents to a .cbz file, maybe as an additional text file used to better navigate the content? And if it is, how should it be ...
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What is the most paper-like display resolution for e-book?

What is the paper-like display resolution for e-book reading? Meaning, the resolution where the text display is 100% indistinguishable to average human with 20/20 vision from a regular paper book. If ...
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What information does B&N collect about my Nook Usage?

My wife and I both have nooks attached to the same account. I have noticed that the when I open up a book that I have been reading on her Nook(usually because I let my battery go dead) that it knows ...
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Changing screensaver images on Bookeen Odyssey

I have tried to figure out how I can chance the screensaver image on by Bookeen Odyssey. The online FAQ says: Select the picture you want to set as screensaver and when the contextual menu appears ...
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Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page?

Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page as far as usability ease of reading of large ebooks (e.g. hundred+ pages)? I can see at least three distinct factors playing into this ...
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Are there studies on whether reading in landscape or portrait mode is better on smartphone size screen?

Are there studies on the whether it's better to read ebooks in landscape or portrait mode on typical smartphone screen? "Ebook" here implies that the text fills up most of the page with free reflow (e....
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Can books be transferred from Nooks to Kindles and back?

I'm currently using a Nook, but considering switching to Kindle hardware. Is there a simple way to keep books synced across devices, or at least to move purchased ebooks from one to the other?
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What are the advantages, risks and possible disadvantages of buying ebooks with DRM?

What are the advantages, possible drawbacks or potential risks of buying ebooks with DRM (from the readers perspective, compared to non-DRM books)? Is DRM a good or a bad thing for readers? Does ...
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What does the extremely fragile glass do in Kindle3's pearl e-ink display?

I've recently seen two great tutorials that disassemble the Kindle 3 for repairing. One is this great Fix your broken Kindle Keyboard Screen tutorial by ghwhitcher, and the other is the Amazon Kindle ...
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Are Baen eARC editions generally very different from final published books?

eARC ebooks are Baen's business approach to releasing advanced book copy to the readers prior to publishing. An eARC is an electronic Advance Reader Copy. This is an unproofed manuscript and is ...

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