Epub is essentially HTML at its root, which should make this easier. I  
think that the Internet Archive may have done this -- they are  
exporting books in ePub format. I'll forward this question to some  
folks there (rather than putting their emails in a public list).


Quoting Jonathan Brinley <[log in to unmask]>:

> 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,
> Jonathan
> 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 ... 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.
>> Louis.
> --
> Jonathan M. Brinley
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