[scribus] a new ebook

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Sat Jun 9 12:33:39 UTC 2012

On 06/09/2012 05:03 AM, Owen wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Frank Cox wrote:
>>> I use fbreader to read ebooks, including epub format.  It's
>>> available with
>>> simple "yum install fbreader" on Centos and probably on other Linux
>>> distributions as well.
>>> Otherwise, their website is here: http://www.fbreader.org/
>> What I find most interesting in this discussion is that so far no
>> single person _knowingly_ tried reading the ePub file on any ebook
>> device. Which kind of defeats the point of creating ePub, no?
>> Well, I tried it on a Nook Simple Touch.
> Unfortunately I have come to the conclusion that the epub format is
> not mature. Different readers have their own interpretation of the
> epub format(s).
> As Greg said, Calibre will convert to MOBI and I expect that it works
> perfectly well in the Kindle
> I have a very cheap ebook reader for which I paid peanuts, and got
> peanuts. However it renders the first 24 pages of the epub perfectly.
> Will try it in a Kobo when I get access to it.
I have tried it on a Kindle (repeatedly). The old style Kindles don't 
lend themselves well to graphics, even when you click on them so that 
they expand to full screen.

My personal take on making an ePub book is that I wanted to focus on the 
text, and that if one had a viewer that showed the graphics, that's 
fine, but otherwise, seeing the various dialogs and whatever in Scribus 
itself is probably preferable anyway.

So this is not going to meet some high standards of publishing or design 
or whatever other irritation that it induces in Prokoudine or others. An 
advantage it has is that it's easily edited and updated, and I think 
it's selling for a fair price. I suspect many readers will not have a 
lasting need for this, but it's not being forced on anyone.


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