[Bookreader] Epub and Read
Rebecca Hargrave Malamud
webchick at invisible.net
Mon Jun 15 12:04:52 EDT 2009
I just got back from an Open Library developers meeting last week,
but did not get the opportunity to talk to Peter (I attended the
second week of the conference) - although I did talk to Raj Kumar
about the state of GnuBook integration and the XO.
I definitely want to support existing work with an eye on the future,
so we will create bundles using the formats that are currently
supported, plus do some next-step development. My understanding is
that if we use any of the formats that you listed our only option for
distribution will be web-based (or OLPC server-based), as the XO-1
machines will not have the capacity to store the data.
PS. is a link available for the OPDS mailing list?
At 4:09 PM +0530 6/15/09, Sayamindu Dasgupta wrote:
>On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 10:57 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 the moment, especially if you want to target current builds, Read supports
>d) CBZ (which, I believe is similar to format used by GnuBook - a set
>of jpg scans in a zip container)
>Epub support is coming, but it will be available in a future version
>of Read, with the dependency being a newer version of webkit, so I
>think if you are considering current deployments, it may make more
>sense to do PDF.
>Of course, for handling Epub in current builds, we have the FBReader
>Activity, but unfortunately it has limited support for Epub, in the
>sense, that it does not (yet) fully support CSS.
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