[sword-devel] Kindle/Nook Format

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 20:17:28 MST 2012

On Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:
> On 4/12/2012 3:50 PM, Mike Hart wrote:
>> Besides a contact offlist, noone has made any statement for or against
>> releasing epubs via CrossWire. GoBible's association with the Crosswire
>> Bible Society indicates Crosswire has the ability to release in formats
>> other than sword but some guiding principles that remain a mystery. If I
>> or someone in my organization has texts to hand to Crosswire in epub
>> format and declare them in the care of Crosswire, would someone at
>> Crosswire consider starting a repo of epub format texts?
> I would guess CrossWire would not be against hosting EPUBs and MOBIs. It's
> probably something Troy should chime in on, before any significant effort
> goes into the proposition.
> However...
> The usual way for ebook reader users to get their books is via their ebook
> reader manufacturer's store, be it B&N, Amazon, iTunes, or the like. I don't
> know of an ebook reader that doesn't support some way of loading books via
> USB, HTTP, or email, but I don't expect that most users are familiar with
> those. So the question would arise: should we rather be preparing EPUBs &
> MOBIs for submission to Amazon, iTunes, Amazon, B&N, Google Play, kobo,
> Sony, etc.?

>From a technical perspective I don't think creating EPUB out of a
SWORD module should be difficult. I seem to remember that the latest
version of EPUB is internally pretty much HTML5 with some extra stuff
like stylesheet information - sorta the way SWORD modules can be OSIS
or ThML snippets packaged into a containing format with additional

If that's true, then the currently existing filters are probably
sufficient and just a small additional amount of information would
need to be written by an exporting script.


> I don't disagree with Peter, that ebook readers are not well-suited to what
> Sword & Go Bible normally do, which is specialized lookups,
> cross-referencing, etc. However, I believe there's still potentially a
> market for Bibles and other Christian texts that people actually sit down
> and read, cover-to-cover.
> --Chris
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