The first of these books was all kinds of very good (I haven't had the chance to read the second yet), so if you've heard of these and haven't had the chance to read them yet, this giveaway might be of interest to you. The files appear to be DRM-free.

"In celebration of the release of RAPTURE, the final book in the trilogy, Night Shade is giving away totally FREE ecopies of BOTH GOD’S WAR and INFIDEL.


Just send an email to Night Shade will shoot back an email to you with the info you need to download the files for GOD’S WAR and INFIDEL. Both Epub and Mobi files are available.

Free downloads are only available from November 1st to November 8th, 2012."

Here's the blurb for God's War:

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on--

There's not a chance in hell of ending it.

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price?

The world is about to find out.
Last year, Steven Saus, who is a digital first publisher and has done the e-book conversions for Jim Hines, among others, wrote a book about writing ebooks, which he published first on his blog and is now selling for $9.99.

The version on his blog is not really collated, it's under his ebooks tag, which includes a lot of other entries about the business of ebooks. So, I am collating here, in approximate order, his So You Want to Make an Ebook entries to date. (Since the original publication, he's added some entries for version 2.)

So You Want To Make An Ebook )
I was just clicking around my library's ebook site and discovered that all 7 of the Harry Potter books are listed as pre-order. My library will do this with books and allow people to get put on a hold list prior to the release of the books. The release date is April 30, 2012 (and I just have to say, "OMG J.K. Rowling, fucking finally!")

What I find interesting, though, is that the books are only being offered in epub format.
Hi guys. I tried recently to download and read Chinese ebooks (in epub format), and found that Adobe Digital Editions appears not to support the fonts. I've noticed earlier that even symbols like é weren't being rendered properly, but this novel is entirely rendered in question marks. I tried to look around online for solutions, but most of them are from message boards dated 2009-10 and seem to point at new updates, which isn't very helpful. I do have Asian fonts installed (I don't have a reader - this is my computer); they display correctly in other applications.

Anyone have suggestions or ideas about fixing this? Thanks in advance!
In sad news, squee!Book's epubs have mostly been broken for me since I posted this entry last week. If I load them directly to my ereader, I get a Page Error when I try to read them. If I convert from epub to epub in Calibre, it does this crazy thing where it treats 10...or 50... pages as if they are one page. While I have gotten it to work on occasion, it's not working more than it is working.
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I just used squee!Book to translate a fanfic to epub format for my ereader and noticed that it now accepts Dreamwidth links for stories. My life has just gotten much better!

If you've never used it before, you plug in the title, author, and link to the story or the text of the story and it will create a book for you to save on your computer. It looks like you can use a photo to create a custom cover as well but I haven't played with that yet.

According to the site, it accepts links from ", Livejournal, Dreamwidth & AO3...[and]text from other URLs will need fixing...."
It will create a book in these formats: .txt .html .pdf .rtf .fb2 .epub .mobi

ETA: The About page made me laugh. It's also full of other good information that I didn't know and thus, did not share with you.
I was on Overdrive this morning trying to remember what book I was wanting to search for* when I see some new links. In the spirit of curiosity and dead cats, I clicked. Overdrive is now offering DRM-free books. So, when they have a book that has a DRM-free version, it is called Open epub/PDF and has a cute little green, unlocked padlock symbol. The version that has DRM has a red, locked padlock symbol. These unlocked books still have a due date but I'm not sure how they can even enforce that without DRM. Now, there aren't a lot yet and the vast majority seem to be from O'Reilly but the fact that it's now one of the offered formats is, in my opinion, a tremendous step forward. I did get myself on the waitlist (yes, ridiculous, artificial scarcity, yada) for 3 Stargate:Atlantis official fanfiction books.

*Seriously, I have no idea what it was but I remember thinking about it and being really excited so I hope I eventually remember.

ETA: The vast majority on the first 3 pages were from O'Reilly but it looks like it's mostly science fiction with a couple of romance thrown in. Of course, this is my library so ymmv.
Archive of Our Own is an excellent source for free eBooks. Every single story posted on Archive of Our Own is free, DRM-free and is available for download in four formats: mobi, EPUB, PDF and HTML.

'But wait,' you say, 'Archive of Our Own is an archive for fanfiction. I don't read fanfiction!' Well, you are in luck, because Archive of Our Own has a very broad definition of fanfiction and thus a number of stories which may appeal to non-fanfiction readers. For example, do you like Regency romances or reinterpretations of fairy tales?

Try Lord Wolfe and the Ape-Leader (30887 words) by faviconwho_la_hoop: The sensible Flora Pilkington is delighted to be asked to accompany her cousin Emily, a wealthy heiress, on a sojourn to Bath – even if seventeen-year-old Emily is something of a ninny-hammer. However, when the dashing but mysterious Lord Wolfe rescues Emily from Terrible Peril, causing her to fall quite in love with him, Flora becomes deeply suspicious. Just who is this Lord Wolfe? Why does he persist in winking at Flora in such a deeply uncouth manner? Why does he refuse to attend all evening engagements? And what is the insufferable man's dark, awful secret? (For she is quite convinced that he has one.) Flora determines to find out, whatever the danger to her reputation...

Have you been enjoying (or enjoying panning) the recent zombie apocalypse fiction trend? Or perhaps you like your C. Wright Mills and Michel Foucault-centric sociology with a slice of humor?

Try Many Forms of Resistance (2323 words) by faviconamalnahurriyeh: No one had ever expected a critical theory conference to end so poorly. The worst you could usually expect was that someone would get wine thrown on them.

There are many short and longer stories in fandom categories at Archive of Our Own which, if they were to be published, would simply be considered fiction. You can browse the shelves of any US bookstore and find fictionalized history about real historical people, and re-interpretations of Shakespeare's plays, Jane Austen's works, or the Odyssey. You can also find all those categories at Archive of Our Own.

A list of fandom categories for non-fanfiction readers, a guide for how to browse AO3, and how to tell what's worth reading. )

Archive of Our Own is well worth everyone's time because it's chock full of great free (and DRM-free) eBooks. Take a chance and try it as non-traditional publishing source for free eBooks; you might be pleasantly surprised. Have fun browsing and happy reading!

Note: If you've found some great stories on AO3 which you feel might appeal to someone who wouldn't consider themselves a fanfiction reader, please feel free to leave it in the comments! More recommendations are good for everyone.
I don't know if this is just an unverified rumour, or if there's fact behind it, but the folks at have posted that Amazon will soon support the ePub format.  As a new Kindle owner  I'm pretty excited by this. I'm hoping this will make it easier to get even more books on the Amazon store, and it should make it easier for me to buy books from other retailers without having to run it through Calibre first. And obviously this will be great for everyone else as it'll open the market up further for competition (you know what book you want: do you buy it from B&N, Amazon, Kobo, etc?).

I wonder if this is how they were planning to add library support?

I really hope this is true as I think it would simplify the whole industry. We'd have a lot less "what books will my device support" if epub truly becomes the industry standard.

My introduction to this group! )
 is there a simple way to turn articles I am reading online into epubs?  Right now, I can copy them into a word doc, which I save as a pdf and then transform into an epub using this site.  I am always shocked to find out that I already had the tools at my disposal to do something simpler so I thought I'd check!
I recently picked up a used Sony PRS-600 to try out ereaders properly, and so far I like it. However, I have noticed that EPUB files converted from PDF annoy the hell out of me, because they have hard page breaks, which do not coincide with ereader pages on my preferred font size. So I have two questions:

1) What's the easiest way to edit EPUB files created by someone else to add a table of contents, fix formatting issues and typos, etc.?

2) What's the easiest way to create basic EPUB files from scratch, if one felt inclined to do so? (No images, no fancy formatting.)

I could do it entirely by hand, but that seems less than efficient--I'd rather generate the file automatically and clean up by hand if necessary. I'm using a Mac, current operating system, and I do have Adobe InDesign (CS3), but that sounds like it might be overkill. Free is good.

Has anyone tried Sigil or eCub? Have another favorite EPUB editor/creator?

Also--does anyone happen to know how the PRS-600 handles epub ebooks that were originally created from HTML that had non-Roman unicode characters (e.g. Chinese)? I know I am going to run into this on occasion. Do ebooks with non-Roman characters have to be PDFs to display correctly?

Ello :D

I have bought an ebook , and it was provided in the following formats: .lit, .pdf, .rtf, and .txt.

I know I can use Calibre to create a .epub file to read on my reader, but I was wondering if anyone knows which of the four formats will produce the best .epub ouput.

By best I mean the clearest, most readable layout with the least amount of weird / haphazard line breaks or unrecognised / garbled symbols.

I am also using osx (macintosh), so I know I could open the .rtf, and .txt. in and save as epub, but in my (limited) experience this produces worse results than Calibre does.

I want to save to .epub because I have a Sony reader and find epubs display on it (in my opinion) the most clearly, and also supports font upscaling / text re-flow more accurately

Any help / advice much appreciated.
I know mobileread is a great resource and forum for all things ereader, and ther are several free epub catalogues / distributors on the web, but is there a single place that lists them all?

I recently bought the Sony reader touch - thanks for everyones' advice and input on that btw - and I have come to the conclusion that epub books display the best on it and it also seems to be becoming the defacto format for e-books., (at least until the reading devices default to an affordable A4 form factor, then I'm guessing that pdf will become the norm.)

So if there were an epub wiki would you use it or contribute to it? I don't want to build one if one already exists, but I think that would be a good (and open and more importantly FREE) place to house one.

When I say epub wiki I mean place that
a) Describes what an epub file actually *is*
b) has tutorials on how to get your file format of choice into epub format
c) has links to free epub files with a brief description of item linked to.

I just want a single repository which allows you to find epubs  and epub information easily!
(Wikia won't allow hosing of the files directly and that way lies a can of worms anyway).

I should mention that I'm only talking about legal and open source or creative commons  and / or copyright-free works here, not pirated materials.

So what do yo think of the idea?

Does it not already exist because no one would use it / contribute to it or just because it's a bad idea ?
I've started to use < h2 > tags for all my chapters within the HTML document I plan on using to convert to LRF. Here is an example. (I've added spaces to the tags so they'll be visible.)

< h2 >American Myth< /h2 > or < h2 >Chapter One< /h2 >

These are the settings I'm using in order to center my chapters and add a page break at each chapter. You don't have to use the css override if you don't want to but I find it helps the ebook look nicer.
LRF css settings )
The next step is to change the chapter detection settings.
Chapter Detection Settings )
This setting works best for chapters that aren't labeled Chapter One or Book One. If you have chapters that are like Monday, The Last Stand, and're good to go with the first setting.

If all your chapters start with Chapter or Book you'll need to use this setting instead.
Alternate Chapter Detection Settings )
The only change is at Detect chapter at tag: Instead of h2,none, you need to use $,,$

If you don't make that change in the Sony PRS Table of Contents you'll get

Chapter One
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Two

One thing to keep in mind this method only adds the chapters to the Table of Contents on the Sony PRS. The table of contents won't show on the actual story. However, I find going to the Table of Contents rather easy and it's much easier to jump to later chapters using this method. If you do open the LRF in Sony Library you can view your Table of Contents there before adding the story to your device. this is what I'm doing to double check my work.

Mobi css settings )

Epub css settings )


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