AFAIK, there is no direct print to ePub utility at this time. There
are several tools that will convert PDF to ePub, and myriad print to
PDF tools. Most decent operating systems have the ability to print to
The hard part in getting web pages into a decent format. Since the
Journal has a relatively simple layout, it does print cleanly to a
PDF. Since the Journal is on WordPress, pagination and layout can be
managed using a plugin like
Of course, adding a plugin like this would make it possible for any
user to print to a PDF on demand, and deal with the layout (or not
deal with the layout) any way they like.
Getting it into either a reflowable PDF or an ePub format would still
require dedicated effort either by the end-user of by the Code4Lib
On Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 4:21 AM, Jonathan Brinley
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> I'm not a big fan, but it does make me consider what it would take to
> make an ePub version of each issue. Anyone have any
> knowledge/experience related to HTML->ePub conversion?
> Have a nice day,
> On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 12:11 AM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I'm not sure, there are definitely some tricks there.
>> But if you do come up with some CSS that works robustly (your rough cut demo is doing some odd things, cutting text off in the middle of paragraphs, putting scrollbars in the middle of the page, etc), we at the journal would probably be happy to incorporate it in the main site as an option, perhaps a link somewhere to toggle between a multi-narrow-column and single-column view. A bit of WordPress hacking involved there too perhaps to provide such CSS toggle functionality.
>> From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Louis St-Amour [[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:23 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] An alternate presentation of Code4Lib Journal
>> Hey all,
>> Having recently discovered Code4Lib Journal, I was fooling around with
>> columns as ways of making articles more interesting to read, perhaps
>> eventually on tablet devices:
>> [image: AltPresentation.jpg]
>> Works best in (and in fact only tested on) Google Chrome on an iMac, but you
>> can try it out for yourself at http://lsta.me/code4lib/ ... all I've done is
>> mirrored the journal site and added some styles to the bottom of the
>> WordPress theme's CSS file. In theory you could apply such styles via a web
>> browser extension or user stylesheet to the website itself, live. But I
>> wouldn't recommend it without further testing and tweaks.
>> My main goal was to see if columns improved the reading experience on an
>> iPad, and the answer is definitely a "yes," because while I set the columns
>> too small, you still get a sense of where you are overall and can see
>> farther ahead with columns than when you zoom in on a single column webpage.
>> The trouble with automatic columns, however, are defining when the automatic
>> columns should break. So far, it's perhaps more trouble than it's worth in
>> CSS, but with any luck that might change 10 years from now.
>> It's funny how tablets in particular break our notions of page -- on
>> tablets, we want essentially resizable and reflowing text columns but with
>> fixed and pretty "page" layouts that we can navigate through. Consider
>> magazines on the iPad -- sometimes we want the pretty text and images, but
>> other times we want just text alone, or just images alone. And yet that
>> means coming up with natural ways to zoom in on text and images without
>> making the text unreadable or images blurry. It should be possible, but as
>> far as I know, no one's done it right, yet. Either it's a Kindle-style text
>> experience, or a magazine-style Image experience. I wonder who will mix the
>> two together, first? Inkling almost gets it right with textbook content, but
>> often feels like it's wasting space with its one-column infinite scroll
>> approach. Which brings me back to my original point, I think columns and
>> grids are crucial for helping people see more info at once.
>> Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I was thinking about turning the
>> Journal into an iPad/tablet app, given its Creative Commons license, but I
>> now suspect given my interest in columns, that I'd be laying it out in
>> InDesign first, like a real magazine, which might be too much work.
> Jonathan M. Brinley
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