[Bookreader] [Sugar-devel] Epub and Read

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Mon Jun 15 03:52:29 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:12, Sayamindu Dasgupta<sayamindu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been working on getting Epub support into Read, and here is the
> first screenshot:
> http://dev.laptop.org/~sayamindu/screenshot_read_epub.png
> 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).

Nice, looking forward for it. I'm curious about the dependencies,
maybe in 0.86 we should add webkit to Sugar Platform.



> 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
> option.
> Thanks,
> Sayamindu
> [1] http://code.google.com/p/openpub/wiki/OPDS
> --
> Sayamindu Dasgupta
> [http://sayamindu.randomink.org/ramblings]
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