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Make ebooks pretty with GutenMark

Mar 09, 2009, 11:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Hard line breaks, for example, ruin the text flow, making it virtually impossible to read the book on a mobile device. Another problem is that most books are stored as single files, so locating a particular chapter or section in a lengthy book can quickly become a serious nuisance. Then there are minor, but still annoying formatting quirks, such as inconsistent handling of italicized text, use of straight quotes instead of smart ones, and so on.

"Fixing all these and other issues manually to make an etext readable -- or even printable -- is a very daunting proposition, especially when dealing with longer texts. Thankfully, the GutenMark tool can take most of the burden off your shoulders. The utility converts Project Gutenberg etexts into neatly formatted HTML or LaTeX files. The goal of the GutenMark project is to create a tool that produces files that don't require any additional cleanup and tweaking. While there is still some way to go before this goal is achieved, GutenMark does a remarkable job of turning etexts into readable and printable files."

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