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elf ([personal profile] elf) wrote in [community profile] ebooks2010-11-09 07:46 am

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AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been having this random problem where some AO3 fics that I've downloaded as epub open just fine in calibre but then give me a page error on my ereader (Sony 650). If I delete from reader and then run it through the convert books setting (from epub to epub) and reload on my reader, it works just fine. Have you come across this issue at all?

Eventually, I'll file a bug report with AO3 but if there is more data that I could give them, it would be helpful.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] lady_krysis 2010-11-09 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my goodness, I thought it was just me. I have the same ereader, and any time I try to open an epub file from AO3, it freezes the whole thing up.

The smaller fics work just fine (under about 3,000 words), but I generally want to read longer fics (upwards of 30,000 words) and those are the ones that seem to cause the trouble. For me at least.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] lady_krysis 2010-11-09 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww, okay, that would explain it then. I wasn't aware of the bug and figured it was something on my end. I guess that explains why re-converting it through Calibre seems to work. Thanks so much!
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I wonder if I should just automatically run every book through calibre's convert process before loading. If I just make it a habit, it won't take more than a few seconds to do that.

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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] lady_krysis 2010-11-09 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmmm. I'm thinking I might just do this, too.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] amalthia 2010-11-10 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
I run all the A03 fics through an epub conversion but honestly it's just so I can add this css override code to the epubs.

body { margin: 0; }
a {text-decoration: none; color: black;}
a [href] {text-decoration: none; color: black;}
p {margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 15pt; text-align: justify;}
h1 { text-align: center;}
h2 {text-align: center; }
h3 { text-align: center;}
h4 { text-align: center; }
h5 { text-align: center; }
h6 { text-align: center; }

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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Ack. I just had my first one freeze my ereader. How do you unfreeze it? :D
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks. I had to use the reset button as plugging it into my computer (my first instinct) did nothing. I (re)converted all the AO3 files and now I don't know which one it was that caused the freeze but hopefully it is fixed now.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] lady_krysis 2010-11-09 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Ack. Well, the first time it happened, I had to do the equivalent of a force quit. I slid the power button at the top and held it until the screen went blank. I waited a bit, turned the device back on and immediately deleted the book. When I looked at the Sony forums, a few suggested resetting the device, but I hate doing that, especially since I'm always away from my computer and don't want to re-load everything.

Also, thanks for the heads up on re-converting through Calibre. That seems to be working so far.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I slid the power button at the top and held it until the screen went blank

That's a handy tip. Thanks!

I'm happy enough with calibre that I haven't even opened the Sony software that came with the device.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I've had it happen with files that don't have pictures so that isn't the only cause. I think I might just have to convert all my AO3 fics prior to sideloading for the time being.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Note to self. Reconverted all my AO3 files. It appears to be about a 50% fail rate.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-11-09 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
It's been a variety of authors and either White Collar or SGA fandom.

I'd offer links to the stories I know failed except I've already forgotten which ones they were. I'll start tracking them now, though.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-12-13 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Would you check and see how this file behaves on your ereader?

http://archiveofourown.org/works/110660

It is epub and it causes my ereader to restart every time I try to open it.

I reconverted it from epub to epub with calibre and now it works just fine.
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-12-13 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
It doesn't but the epub directly created through AO3 doesn't have the dragon in it either so if that is the cause, what we see as a reader doesn't change but something in the code originally created is broken.

Correction: It doesn't show when I view the original in ADE but it does with calibre. But the converted one doesn't have the dragons in the calibre viewer either.
Edited (More testing) 2010-12-13 19:49 (UTC)

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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2010-12-25 08:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Here is another one that has failed. No pictures but there are links to LJ users so I'm guessing it's the same issue.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/131988
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2011-01-12 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
This one failed. I don't see any pictures or links in it.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/27975
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Re: AO3 bug with epub files?

[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2011-01-12 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Update: I've filed a bug report with AO3 linking to this thread.