It's on the web, but I want it in my pocket. Sort of as a book.
October 12, 2010 7:02 AM Subscribe
What's the best / easiest way to process / format material I've downloaded or copied from the web to read on Apple's Books app? On a Kindle? If I format for the Kindle, would the material be synced on both devices if I use the Kindle iPhone app as my reader? I've been using Calibre to rip ePubs, but there has to be an easier way than what I'm doing, which takes forever.
posted by Admiral Haddock to computers & internet (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have an iPhone 4. I am considering getting a Kindle. There is a lot of content I want to read (public domain, blogs, how-to stuff, friends' stories) that is not on Gutenberg. I want to render that material in some format that I can read on my commute; I realize that iPhone reads ePub, but the Kindle does not--so I may end up having to encode two different files.
What is the best way to get an HTML-formatted webpage to look right? Assume basic formatting--italics, special characters, nested paragraphs--but no tables or graphics.
So far, what I've been doing has been to 1) grab the html source code for the stories I've been reading and then 2) waste a couple hours stripping out the tags and web characters, and reformatting the entire thing in Word, then 3) print to a PDF, then 4) having Calibre make an ePub from the PDF (it does not like my .docx files). This seems like madness. It takes forever for a novella-length story.
What's the best way of getting formatted text into a clean file for reading on a mobile device? I suppose I could print to PDF from Safari, but I want as clean a file as possible--I don't want graphics and footers with "page 1 of 75" as part of the text I read on my phone (I realized this morning that the Word file I used to make this morning's read had footers with the file name which appear in the middle of paragraphs in the ePub file). It should just be text, as if I purchased a commercial title.
Bonus question--if I were to encode for the Kindle app on the iPhone and also have a Kindle, would it sync my own files between the devices, so that it would know I read up to page 77 on the iPhone/iPad and then automatically open to page 78 when I start the Kindle?