[EP-tech] Re: Eprints and ebook readers

Richard M. Davis richard.davis at london.ac.uk
Thu Feb 7 12:37:37 GMT 2013

Hi Antonio

We had a little project running called Anthologizr, with the aim of 
developing the kind of system you describe, exporting user-selected 
repository contents as a 'zipped up' EPUB ebook.

We have achieved some promising demonstration outcomes, however the 
chief blocker to exporting as EPUB is the fact that most repository 
contents are in PDF.

We have managed to create acceptable EPUBs where the repository items 
are HTML or JPEG, but from PDF we've only managed to extract the very 
anti-formatted output that pdf2text provides - fine for indexing but not 
for reflowable ebook formatting.

If repository policies stipulated deposit of an HTML or XML version, 
creating e-book anthologies from EPrints could become widespread, but as 
long as PDF rules the roost, I am not so optimistic.

Let me know if you'd like more info - our project blog is at 
There are some plugins though it's fair to say they need still some work 
to be ready for general use.



On 07/02/2013 11:36, Antonio Ribic wrote:
> Hello all!
> We are interested in making our eprints library available to users via
> ebook readers.
> To be exact, the plan is to provide several ebook reader devices for our
> physical library with the sole purpose of browsing the digital repository.
> Are there such implementations, since we were unable to find any?
> The idea is to have the possibility of browsing/searching directly from
> the device, without using the default eprints web interface?
> Any info is appreciated. :)
> Regards,
> Antonio.

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