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Are there any free open-source custom firmwares for e-ink devices?

I'm curious if there are custom firmwares for e-ink devices similar to what Rockbox (website, wikipedia) is for digital audio players.
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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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Do e-ink devices suffer from burn-in?

Back in the bad old days of CRT computer monitors, computer users were confronted with the problem of burn-in, in which a monitor that displayed the same image for too long would eventually have the ...
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What information does my Kindle share with Amazon?

One of my Kindles spends most of it's time in the car. Most books are loaded to it from my PC, via Calibre. I almost never turn the WiFi on because it just burns up the batteries looking for a ...
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Some classic literature is available for free - but where? [closed]

Knowing some classic literature works being free... what would be typical sites to find and download those? (By "classic" I mean those older works that are now regarded to be “copyright-free”.) I ...
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How practical is it to learn to develop apps for e-ink Kindles?

I provide e-ink kindles to schools in Kenya (10 schools so far) where we also help the schools acquire relevant ebooks for teaching the pupils based on curriculum topics. We'd like to develop apps for ...
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Internet access on the 3G Amazon Kindles?

I had a 3G Kindle back in the day (2 years ago), and one of my favourite features as a traveller was the whispernet experimental web browser. It was slow as a dog, but hey, free internet in most ...
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How to change the images displayed when my Kindle Touch is put to sleep?

Whenever I press the power button on my Kindle Touch, an image is displayed on the e-ink screen. The images depict various typographical tools and elements (like a typewriter, etc.). However, it ...
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How to use the e-ink Kindle readers to display photos?

The Kindle e-readers that lack full color displays also lack an app for displaying photos. Is there a way to get a series of photos to display? I realize they will be displayed in monochrome / ...
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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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How can I read notes alongside with text in Kindle readers?

I was given a Kindle e-reader a couple of years ago and, after some hesitation, I've become addicted to it, so that now I have scores and scores of books on my device. Lately I've downloaded a few ...
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Is there online eBook authoring tool which can produce ePub and PDF formats?

I would prefer an online tool so that I am not tied to a particular computer for adding content. Additionally I would expect an online collaboration tool ( distribute chapters to authors and editors) ...
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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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Big screen dimensions or high DPI for vision impaired users?

I'ld like to get my dad an ebook reader for Christmas. Yet, he is a bit vision impaired which means that he only has a good reading experience with bigger and sharper/clearer/more-acurate font ...
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What commands can be given in the Kindle's search box?

In this forum thread, a user explains that the Kindle's reading speed algorithm can be reset by typing ";ReadingTimeReset" in the Kindle's search box. The user states he was told by a member of Amazon'...
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What was the first commercially available eBook reader?

Today there a number of eBook readers. What was the first device marketed as a device primarily for reading eBooks? When did it become available?
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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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Can I view books scanned to PDF on Kindle Classic?

I have many books scanned to PDF (the content are the graphic images, no OCR processing). Will Kindle Classic be able to view such PDFs? Aren't they too heavy? Acrobat Reader on my old smartphone ...
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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 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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Does Kindle (classic) support all embedded fonts in PDFs?

I have PDFs using many embedded fonts from many alphabets. Should I expect them to be viewed without any problems on Kindle, or only a part of them will be supported (for the most popular alphabets)?
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Are there any WYSIWYG editors for EPUB books?

I am looking for an easy to use editor that provides a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) interface. I know that you can import a Microsoft Word document into Calibre, but I would prefer to be ...
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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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How can I display 'word count' in Calibre while browsing my Library?

I use Calibre, to manage my library of eBooks. It is easy to include the size of the book, but with images and such that can be misleading. I notice on Smashwords they often include a word count in ...
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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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Disabling Ads on a Kindle with Special Offers

If I get the Kindle with Special Offers can I upgrade to disable the ads? Would it cost more than just buying a Kindle without Special Offers?
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Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?

The EPUB3 format is the "next generation" for the widely-used EPUB format. (the differences between this and EPUB2 are described in this question). Which devices today support EPUB3? Where can I find ...
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How do I remove pages from an ePub file?

I have an eBook in .epub file format and I would like to remove the entire first and last pages of the book. How would I go about doing this?
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Converting RTL epub to mobi

I have a Hebrew ebook in epub format; I would like to convert it to mobi, since I read exclusively on my Kindle. Hebrew reads right-to-left. Kindle supports Hebrew ebooks (I have often used ...
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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 to create clickable table of contents in a PDF?

I have many technical PDF ebooks where there are no chapters (no clickable table of contents or other means for quick navigation through a document) and therefore it's really painful to search for ...
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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 ...
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What page size maximizes readability across common ebook readers?

Suppose that I have to create a PDF ebook (meaning no automatic word reflow, etc). What page size (width by height) maximizes readability across common e-readers and mobile devices? Context: I ...
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How can I reset the reading speed data on a Kindle?

I'd like to test the theory that the Kindle Touch/Paperwhite ignores long pauses between page reads when learning your reading speed for a particular book. But experimenting is complicated by having ...
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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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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, ...
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What triggers the “adult” designation on Amazon Kindle books (romance genre)?

I do software development for an ebook publisher specializing in Romance novels. One thing we encounter from time to time is that a book gets classified by Amazon as "adult". That effectively removes ...
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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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Is Markdown a viable source format for writing ebooks?

I've for some time enjoyed using Markdown to handle straightforward text formatting, image presentation and the like, which I use for keeping notes, or drafting blog content. I'm aware that different ...
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Is the Triton eInk display a viable option for future ereaders?

The new Triton display by eInk Technologies allows eInk screens to display color. This would be very useful for features like images and highlighting. Is it a viable option for mainstream ereader ...
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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 to discover/work around a limited number of devices for Kindle ebooks?

After reading Nathan's answer to this question, I was surprised that there was a limit on the number of devices you can download book to. I'm assuming this is controlled by Amazon but I would like to ...
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What rights do I have to eBooks I purchase in the U.S.A. as a U.S. citizen?

Is there a government or industry site or document that specifies eBook rights? Examples of what I'd like to know include: Can I duplicate the book onto multiple devices I own? Can I duplicate the ...
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How do I get my sideloaded books to appear in the Books section?

I have some DRM-free books that I purchased before acquiring my Kindle Fire. When I sideload them on to the device, they end up under the Documents menu instead of in with the other books. How can ...
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How to sync my Kindle with my Kindle library without using WiFi?

This is a question that plagued me a while ago when my wireless router refused to work correctly with my Kindle Touch (3G edition). I had a document that I wanted to transfer to my Kindle as well as ...
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Is there any software that facilitates scanning of a paper book into an ebook?

I have some old sci-fi novels that are out of print and the rights owners are not creating them in ebook form. Is there any software that facilitates scanning and conversion of these paper books into ...
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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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Is it possible to send a book purchased from Amazon to all of my devices at once?

When I purchase a book from the Kindle Store, it asks me which device I want it delivered to. I know I can send it to multiple devices by managing my library. Is there a setting to have every purchase ...

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