[pmwiki-users] .epub cookbook

Ben Wilson dausha at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 15:07:33 CST 2011

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Sandy <sandy at onebit.ca> wrote:
> On 1/26/2011 11:27 AM, Ben Wilson wrote:
>> Next time you have an epub handy, copy it and rename it to .zip. Then,
>> unzip it... an Epub is essentially a zipped web site.
> So if I buy an epub version of a book, I will still be able to read it a
> decade from now? (Assuming I copy my backups to modern media. But the format
> will still be readable even if I change readers.)
> Yay! my dead-tree library is huge and also incomplete. It's on my list of
> things to test. I have heard that there epub isn't a single standard (much
> like html), but it's still a good start.

Again, try making a copy of your epub and renaming it into a .zip (or
just run unzip on it) and open it up. It's a compressed web site; or
at least a set of web pages. So, it is browser-able. The issue is one
of HTML format. We're moving to HTML5, and I assume that at some point
in our future there will be an intentional break with older formats.
So, the day may come where the HTML format used to make the specific
epub of yours is no longer "standard." But, that doesn't mean it can't
still be viewed. :)

And, as for archives, look to Dropbox... a directory in a cloud
(Amazon's cloud).


Ben Wilson
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