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What software is used by the publishing companies to create diagrams in the introductory physics textbooks?

What software is used to create free body diagrams, inclines, springs and so on in the introductory physics textbooks ? I know Adobe, Luxology, and many others could, but I am more interested in ...
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How does DRM impact the sales of eBooks?

DRM (Digital rights management) is a somewhat controversial anti-piracy measure. There are strong arguments on both sides of the debate, this question is not about the should/shouldn't debate. It ...
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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 to create DjVu format with selectable text?

DjVu is efficient at compression, but sometimes the text becomes an image and non-selectable. Is there anyway to make sure that the text remains selectable? Which program should I use for this ...
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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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Only select from files on SD card in BookEen Odyssey

When I insert a SD card in my Bookeen Odyssey which contain my study Books, the titles show up mixed with my 'pleasure' books on the internal memory of the bookreader. I can add "AA" before the book ...
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Do non-Windows devices have equivalent of ClearType for ebook font rendering?

Cleartype is Microsoft's subpixel rendering technology for improving text clarity. I recall it being used as a selling point for MS Reader and .lit format back when it was introduced. Are similar ...
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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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How to run EpubCheck on Windows?

How to run EpubCheck on Windows and verify ePub erros without uploading to validator.idpf.org?
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Screen between 6“ and 9.7”

Are there any ebook readers with electronic paper and screen between 6" and 9.7"? I can find only such with an ordinary laptop-like screen...
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Updating EPUB book author and title metadata

I own many EPUB books (Spanish, English). Some have the name of the author wrong, such as "Esquivel, Laura" instead of "Laura Esquivel". And have the name of series in book title, where it does not ...
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How to manage translations when self-publishing (in-house translation)?

I intend to publish a book in Kindle in both English and Japanese. Right now, I have the English version written in a Microsoft Word document. I would like to start translating the Japanese version ...
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What is the most efficient and safest way to remove fingerprints from my Sony PRS-650 Touchscreen Reader?

I prefer to use a dry microfiber cloth to clean my touchscreen, but sometimes you have to scrub pretty hard to remove fingerprints. Is it safe to use a cleaner on the screen or should I use only water ...
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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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What book collection related features can be useful in an eBook reader app

When choosing an eBook reader application, what are the features that a user should seek for managing a set of book / book collection?
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How can I translate my ebook?

I downloaded an important PDF e-book but it is not in English. Is there a software or another way I can translate the entire e-book into English or another language?
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Is there any open standard for ebook notes format?

Is there any open or semi-open standard for ebook and notes/highlighting storage/format which is used by multiple ebook reader vendors and/or ebook reader software?
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Kindle paperwhite loses the Wifi connection all the time

I recently purchased an new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and I wanted to configure the Wifi. My Wifi router hides the SSID (it is not broadcasted) and I am able to connect the Kindle by entering the SSID ...
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How can I listen to non-Audible audiobooks on my Kindle?

The Kindle has support for audible audiobooks. However, I am wondering if I can listen to audiobooks from other sources such as http://www.audiobooks.com/.
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How to remove white margins from ePub in Google Play Books

Google Play Books seems to put a default white margin in every ePub being reading. But this is bad for making responsive covers in the first page. Even with margin set to zero in both html and body ...
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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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What kinds of DRM are used in eBooks? Is it possible to purchase DRM free eBooks?

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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Are there any specific features that I should look for in an eBook reading application?

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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What fraction of unrestricted ebooks originate with the top digitization projects?

Although there are many sources of ebooks without use restrictions, it seems like most of them actually originate with a small handful of digitization projects. One of these is Project Gutenberg in ...
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What options do I have for reading eBooks on an Android tablet? [closed]

I have recently purchased an Asus Nexus 7 (2013) and would like to use it for reading. To that end, I have had a look through many of the various applications touting themselves as "eBook readers" on ...
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How can I change color of my e-book?

How can I change the font or background color of my PDF e-book. I use Adobe reader v10 and it has no default option to change this. Is there a way to edit the e-book to change the font or background ...
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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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Does Amazon accept fixed layout ePubs?

Since Amazon offers conversion on their site from an .epub file to .mobi file do they support fixed layout ePubs or is it only for KF8 files?
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Is it possible to self-publish ebooks with DRM?

I've created software to generate valid ebooks from HTML/XML and auxillary files (metadata, cover artwork, etc.) The software produces books in both the ePub and MobiPocket formats and does everthing ...
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Is there a way within the UI of the Kindle (Fire) to search only for books that can be borrowed?

Users of Amazon Prime can borrow up to one book per month via the service. Unfortunately, finding these titles seems to be challenging unless you happen upon one on Amazon's website. Is there a way ...
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Will selling on Amazon significantly limit readership of free ebook?

If an author wants to release a free ebook, how many readers (10%, 75%, ...) is he/she likely to lose by choosing to release only on Amazon and not as a more accessible pdf, html, etc. format and ...
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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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Migration path for Sony PRS-650 notes

I've a Sony PRS-650 with lots of notes (highlighted text in books). Is there any tool which can migrate these notes to other ebook readers' format or is there any other e-book reader which supports ...
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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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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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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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When shopping for ebooks on Amazon how do I tell if they have DRM?

Some books sold on Amazon have DRM and some do not. But "DRM" is not listed anyplace on the book descriptions that I have been able to find. How can I know before I buy an ebook from Amazon if it ...
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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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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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Is there any advantage apart from more storage space when using a memory card in a book reader

A lot of ebook readers have one or more slots for extra storage in the form of removable media: SD(HC) cards (micro of fullsize), memory sticks, etc. Using an extra card for storage consumes some ...
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Where is the best place to get Calibre?

If you search for Calibre you find multiple places to get this free ebook management tool from. I know some people have downloaded it and got lots of junk at the same time. from others, I keep ...
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Is it more difficult to sideload books on to a Kindle Fire than other devices?

I am considering a Kindle Fire, there is a review on Project Gutenberg suggesting it is needlessly (or intentionally) more complex to sideload free works on to a Fire. In a comment to an answer on If ...
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When will the Sony PRS-T3 be available in the US?

In the fall, I saw several reviews of the Sony PRS-T3. I've noticed the device is for sale in England and Australia, but the US Sony Store does not list it. Will the PRS-T3 be sold in the US and when ...
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Is it better to shut down my Kindle Fire or just put it to sleep?

When is it better for me to shut down my Kindle Fire vs. putting it to sleep? Does putting it in sleep mode drain the battery?
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If I buy a Kindle Paperwhite do I have to get books from Amazon?

If I have a kindle paperwhite, am I limited to books from Amazon? Can I purchase or download books from other sources/retailers?
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How to repack an epub file from command line

I unzipped an epub file to make some minor modifications. How can I repack it properly to be a valid epub file from command line on Linux?
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Exact readable screen size of Sony PRS-650

I use a Sony PRS-650 and I often create PDF files for it with LibreOffice. These are usually documents which I read only once and I don't care about portability. (I don't read them on other devices ...
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Did any other publisher follow Baen's approach of freely releasing older e-books (especially for series)?

According to Eric Flint's Prime Palaver, publishing older books as free e-books as Baen did with Baen Free Library may be a good thing for business (I asked a related question to verify that claim). ...

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