In part one we looked at getting webpages off the web into epubs. We will get back onto the web in Part Three, so stay with me, it's worth it. In part two let's look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of this offlining.
Here's one I made earlier - http://clearerchannel.org/share/mozilla_webmaker_build.epub find out how in part one -
The Good, Bad and Ugly
- The good is that it opens up fine in my defaullt Ebook viewer on Ubuntu. It means I can use it offline, archive it put it on a flash drive for moving around etc.
- The bad video links don't show up!
- The ugly, well it's ugly
This is what it looks like to me.
Let's see if we can fix some of the bad and ugly
Download the video from YouTube as a mp4 using Video Helper plugin.
Open up the epub in Calibre. Add the epub and then right click and "Edit Book".
We're going to do a little tweaking, It's ok I'll hold your hand.
We need to do two things. First File > Import files into book - and select the mp4 video file.
Next find the place in your ebub book where you want to put in the video and put in this code replace the file name with your own.
<**v**ideo src="../mozilla_xray_goggles.mp4" controls="controls">
There is an embedded video here that is not supported by your software.
Then you can save your epub. You now have an epub with a video file inside of it. Epub readers that support epub3 should support this.
I like to use a broswer extension to lucifox (firefox ) readium (chrome).
Hey it works for me look - [http://clearerchannel.org/share/moz_teach/epub_view_readium.png]
Pretty swish in a geeky way I guess.
So what about that ugly look.
In Calibre we can edit the book.css file. I just made a simple addition to change the fonts.
Here's the change -
- What epub views or editors do you have access to?
- Can you replicate this?
- Are there other alternatives for getting web material into a portable format for archiving, moving around and remixing with different editors?
- And a final question for you - "Now that we've e-pub, What are we gonna do with it?
Here's a link to the stills here -
And here's a link to the epub with the video in chapter Three.
I works on my Samsung phone using Moon reader!
This is amazing @mickfuzz! The best thing about it is that you've clearly documented your steps (which I admit, I haven't tried yet!) As soon as I get a few minutes, I want to try and recreate what you've been making. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks Laura, I know this one is swimming against the tide a bit here in terms of webmaking. I feel like a bit of heretic as I'm taking things off the web. But I promise it'll make sense in part three.
ps - I can't post screenshots as I'm a new user - who has the keys to enable that?
nice one - mick