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Need your input on Archive issues

Need your input on Archive issues

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If you are using the Starsky & Hutch archive, I could use your input. Archive of Our Own (AO3) has software that allows readers to download any story as an ebook in a variety of formats. We don't have that ability. So, when a story runs longer (and by longer, I mean, when I think a story is longer -- I'm not organized enough to come up with a definitive standard) I manually create ebooks for the SH Archive through Calibre, a program for creating ebooks and organizing them. This doesn't take that long, but it is an extra step -- multiple extra steps actually, since I have to create a document with the story, make a cover, add metadata, upload it to Calibre, then put it into 5 formats, then upload 5 files to a unique place on the archive, and link to the 5 ebooks. And that's what I need input on.

I'm putting these ebooks in 5 formats: PDF, HTML, Kindle, Mobi, and EPUB. What I don't know is -- do I need to make all these different formats? If everyone is using Kindle and EPUB, is the rest of waste of time? For that matter is ANYONE using these ebooks? Time is limited, so if I can save some time by eliminating work that is absolutely not necessary, I'd like to do that.

You can respond directly to me in private message, to my email, flamingoslim at verizon dot net, or here on LJ. thanks in advance.
  • well, since html is a file for internet viewing, and since the reader is already on the internet and can read it on their pc or phone, I think you could safely scratch that. About Kindle and mobi - mobi files are readable by Kindle, so you could cut out the Kindle format. From what I understand, Kindle format is basically a mobi with digital rights management. I do think PDF is still in use by folks who don't use the ebook readers, and epub is a popular ebook format, so I'd keep those.

    So if I were you, i'd get rid of html and Kindle formats.
  • I'm going to agree with Kassidy here. Mobi and Kindle are virtually the same. And HTML is just for reading screen. Though you can use it to print a copy of the story. I don't get a sense that people print that much anymore. So, Mobi, EPUB and PDF are probably all that is needed.
  • I generally only read longer stories on my tablet anymore as my eyes don't like reading web site font for long periods of time (I'm old), and the AO3 archive makes it so easy these days to d/l formats in one place. So, I'll do PDF or Mobi, PDF I can convert when I send it to my Kindle.

    Edited at 2015-01-19 12:21 am (UTC)
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