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Re: ebook format

From: Oliver Corff
Subject: Re: ebook format
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:03:57 +0200
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Actually, I was thinking along the same lines. I also have a perl script
which reads the text sources I am working on currently, processes their
very special (and terse) markup and produces a groff file which is
processed with groff -ms and a few parameters defining "paper size" etc.
The groff file imports (.so) a header with all necessary font size,
margin and hyphenation settings --- I found out that line-breaking seems
to expect at least letter or A4 pages to deliver pleasing results, and
it may well be necessary to say .kern 0 in order to turn off kerning.
Some ebook readers (I speak of physical devices, not viewers for
ordinary computers) struggle pathetically with the display of
well-kerned text (seems to be an issue whether the built-in font matches
the metrics of the font information delivered by the PDF). I was
astonished to see the first result on my PocketBook Inkpad (which, in
all other aspects, is a very nice device); I was so puzzled by the
results that I did not immediately think of kerning, but disabling
kerning really saved the day. The right margins are not completely even,
so a little ragged contour is visible, but ... so what.

Best regards,


On 10/06/2021 23:01, Deri wrote:
On Thursday, 10 June 2021 21:12:01 BST Wim Stockman wrote:
What is the best and easiest way to convert a groff document to
kindle friendly format?
or other opensource ereader format , not pdf format?

kind regards
Wim Stockman
Just out of interest, why do you dismiss pdf format for reading on the kindle? 
I find you have
greater control over the way you want it to look using groff and pdf. I 
download the text version
from the gutenberg website then run a program which uses groff to make a pdf 
which is exactly
how I like to read. I use a first gen kindle, don't know how it would look on 
later versions. The
pdf attached has been shortened to one chapter and it is formatted for my 
preference if you are
viewing on kindle, not desktop.



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