[IAEP] eBook reading advice

Jim Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Sun Aug 9 15:38:18 EDT 2009


In honor of Little Brother being released as a plain text file I am
working on fixing Read Etexts so it can deal with files that need word
wrapping as well as those which do not.  I've made a good start on
this but I want to do a better job of regression testing than I have
been doing lately, because I've discovered bugs that have been there
awhile but which I had not noticed.  When that happens you have to
assume that there are more to be found.

I should have release 15 ready later tonight or tomorrow.

As far as Little Brother is concerned, why not have it in text *and* PDF format?

James Simmons

On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 8:15 AM, Jim Simmons<nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
> Caroline,
> The plain text version on the website will not work with Read Etexts,
> because that Activity is designed to work with Gutenberg etexts which
> don't require word-wrapping.  However it is possible that the
> Gutenberg site itself will have a version in the correct format,
> because I believe they have "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" as a
> PG file.
> The latest posted Read Etexts has annotations, which is a worthwhile
> feature, but it also breaks copying to the clipboard.  I have since
> fixed that and will post an update soon, maybe later today.
> The Baen Free Library has books in RTF format, which *might* work with
> the Write Activity.  I think the Write Activity can export PDFs too.
> If true, that gives you a way to read fairly current science fiction
> books in Sugar.  If I can get this to work I'll make a movie of it.
> Project Gutenberg has a surprising amount of classic science fiction
> on it.  Look for titles by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stanley Weinbaum,
> Edward E Smith, Raymond Cummings, John W Campbell, Jules Verne, H.G.
> Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Leigh Brackett, and probably others as well.
> As far as the Cory's website goes, the PDF is the only game in town.
> James Simmons
>> Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 16:26:34 -0400
>> From: Caroline Meeks <caroline at solutiongrove.com>
>> Subject: [IAEP] eBook reading advice
>> To: iaep <iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org>
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>> I know there have been advances in eBook reading in the last few months.
>> I am preparing a master USB to copy for a presentation at World Con.
>> I will be doing a panel with Cory Doctrow who wrote and has realeased CC the
>> book Little Brother. Its up for a Hugo this year and I recommend it to
>> anyone who likes young adult SciFi that promotes open source.
>> I'd like to put a copy of the book on the sticks I will be burning.
>> http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/
>> Its available in a wide variety of formats. Which one will work best in
>> Sugar?
>> My master stick currently has
>> Read 67
>> Read eText 12
>> Should I upgrade?  Which one should I use?
>> Any other very applicable childrens books I should download while I am at
>> it?
>> Thanks!
>> Caroline

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