[Bookreader] Epub and Read

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 02:15:22 EDT 2009

Sayamindu - I met Peter Brantley last week, who is actively working
with others towards a revised OPDS spec.  They are considering local
library v. global library issues, for which an offline OLPC classroom
provides a good example.

A separate epub-reader that can be dropped into Read sounds
reasonable, certainly as a model for an evince-hacker to follow if
interested.   Do you have a screenshot that shows a pagebreak?

Rebecca, you can try an html index page that links directly to .epub
files, which links should be recognized properly and should launch the
epub viewer when followed.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 1:27 PM, Rebecca Hargrave
Malamud<webchick at invisible.net> wrote:
> Hello, Sayamindu -
> I am working with a group in Oregon to create bundles of the IACL
> books for the OLPC XO. I am looking for some guidance on what the
> best format is to provide the books in since it looks like we will
> need to work within the XO Read activity offline environment (I did
> some initial work on this as an online web demonstration using
> GnuBook - http://openlibrary.org/olpc/bookreader?format=raw ) .
> This post is very useful to get me started - thank you! I am looking
> forward to the public code and will watch the list(s) for details.
> Best regards,
> Rebecca Malamud
> At 4:44 AM +0530 6/11/09, Sayamindu Dasgupta wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>I have been working on getting Epub support into Read, and here is the
>>first screenshot:
>>It is not based on Evince, but on webkit (I had tried to implement a
>>backend for Evince, but lack of well defined pagination in many
>>(most??) Epub files, along with the relative difficulty of rendering
>>HTML for evince (with things like text selection/search support)
>>forced me to choose the alternative path). I'm trying to make the epub
>>view widget follow the evince api as closely as possible, so that it
>>can be dropped into Read with minimal effort/changes.
>>There is no public code yet - but there will be one soon (probably
>>during next week).
>>In a somewhat related note, I have been also looking at the draft Open
>>Publication Distribution System specs[1], which allows ebook
>>distributors to distribute e-books via a Atom XML based catalog
>>format. I think it makes sense to support this in Read, as well as in
>>the school server, so that we can easily distribute e-books. For
>>example, if we have a large e-book collection for a particular
>>deployment, it may not make sense to put all of them in individual
>>computers - instead allowing the user to browse/search the catalog and
>>download the books as and when required would probably be a better
>>[1] http://code.google.com/p/openpub/wiki/OPDS
>>Sayamindu Dasgupta
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>>Bookreader at lists.laptop.org
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