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Post #1 Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:30 pm 
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Most of the books at gobooks.com are now available as ePub. More details here:
https://smartgo.blog/2019/03/08/epubs-gobooks-com/

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Post #2 Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:04 pm 
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Avoiding proprietary file formats is great news for Windows users! I will install some ebook reader(s), try if the samples work and, if they do, finally buy what I did not buy before because of the Apple-limited ecosystem.

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Post #3 Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:10 am 
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Am I remembering correctly that SmartGo just uses SGF, and embeds the book related metadata in SGF attributes that it knows how to handle?

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Post #4 Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:00 am 
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hyperpape wrote:
Am I remembering correctly that SmartGo just uses SGF, and embeds the book related metadata in SGF attributes that it knows how to handle?

I did that for the first 20 books, but it was too cumbersome and error-prone, as the SGF tree structure didn't match the more linear structure of a book. Since then, I'm using my .gobook format, as described here: https://smartgo.com/pdf/gobookformat.pdf

To create the ePub, I read that .gobook format and write it out as an ePub, which is a zipped collection of HTML with a specific structure and added information, plus some JavaScript for the interactive parts. The diagrams are done using SVG so that they scale properly.

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Post #5 Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:57 pm 
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I tried reading a couple of samples using whatever my Windows 10 default reader is (Edge?) and it was readable but the numbers on the stones were off center and just a little bit difficult to read. I didn't try theother things.

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Post #6 Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:47 pm 
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I tried reading a couple of samples using whatever my Windows 10 default reader is (Edge?) and it was readable but the numbers on the stones were off center and just a little bit difficult to read.

Yes, Edge has a bug that causes the numbers to be off-center. On Windows, I would recommend calibre. Not perfect, but works better.

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Post #7 Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:58 am 
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Edge is terrible indeed. It was a nightmare for me. Any other sources (recommendations) for Windows? Besides Calibre.
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Post #8 Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:53 pm 
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TerryMulhern wrote:
Any other sources (recommendations) for Windows? Besides Calibre.

I tried a bunch of ePub readers on Windows last year, and they were generally pretty bad. I'd love to hear that I missed some good ePub readers in my search, but it seems that there is definitely room for a well-designed ePub reader that handles JavaScript, on both Windows and Android. You could try Readium on Chrome and epub.js; however, those require more setup.

Any specific reason why you're looking for alternatives to calibre?

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