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Google new jpeg compression guetzli

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:25:34 GMT

Hi Kovid do you have any plans to implement the new google open source jpeg compressor Using it I am getting savings of 10%-15% more in lossless and lossy compression both. Though the processing time is longer but Image quality looks better to me.

images import "bulk confirmation" feature request

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:57:45 GMT

Hi, I would like to *request a feature* on a Sigil:iloveyou: future release: When we import dozens of (already existing) images into an epub, would it be possible to have a *_"Yes / OK to all" checkbox_* in order to avoid clicking "OK" to the "OK to replace?" question dozens of time (for each and every image)? We have published epubs with lots of images and sometimes need to optimize many of them (already present in the epub) and it is really time-and-nerves-consuming :D. Merci beaucoup if it is possible :-) Kind regards, Olivier Rebiere

White dot or Pinhole of light on a new kindle paperwhite

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:55:44 GMT

I bought a new Kindle Paperwhite 6, yesterday from the airport. When I start it on, I noticed a small pinhole of light visible in the upper right corner. Is that ok? Is it a defects? Should I retuned it? Does those Pinholes of light can develop over time? Thank you so much for help :)

Free (DRM-free) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson [Epic Artifact War Fantasy]

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:13:13 GMT

*The Way of Kings* by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson (ISFDB (, Wikipedia (, SFE ( is the 1st novel in his The Stormlight Archive sub-series of epic high fantasy set in the broader universe of Cosmere, this one apparently set some centuries after the fall of a mystic order whose influence still remains in the form of powerful artifacts, with this installment focusing on persons embroiled in yet another war over said artifacts and apparently various hints that the accepted ancient history was not all it seemed and the truth about the order and roots of the wars remains yet to be uncovered, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books. This is a special flash giveaway for just 48 hours, meant to promote the upcoming 3rd-in-series which is expected later this year, and hat tip to fellow MR member septentrion for alerting us that it was upcoming in the SF/Fantasy megathread ( :hatsoff: Currently free, just until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 24th directly @ the publisher's special promo page ( (DRM-free ePub & Mobi officially available only to Canada & the US in return for newsletter signup with valid email address; you will receive a link in your email which you must validate to download the files, which are large due to all the images; approx 18 mb for the ePub and 36 mb for the mobi), and you can read more about the offer on their announcement blogpost here ( *Description* From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war. The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making. Speak again the ancient oaths: Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before Destination. and return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Context Menu for EPUB Files

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:30:33 GMT

Right now I have the default program for my epub files set as Calibre, however there are times when I would like to just open the file in the viewer without going through the main Calibre program. Would anyone be able to assist me with editing the context menu to allow opening directly with the Calibre ebook-viewer.exe after right clicking an epub file? I am able to right click an epub, select 'open with', find the 'Calibre ebook viewer' and open it that way, however I would like to skip all the additional menus and clicks to be able to open it directly from the Right Click Context Menu into the Calibre ebook Viewer.

Mirror Margins

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:20:29 GMT

Anyone know how to add a gutter when converting an epub to pdf? Thanks.

Changing storage folder

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:54:06 GMT

I purchased the app today. I would like to change the default storage folder. However when I try to do it, all I get is a box with a folder called 'recent' and no option any where to change the folder. Unlike the instructions, there are no 3 vertical lines on left. Thee are 3 lines on top right which only give option for enable/disable sd card. Thanks for your help Peeam

Audible on hold, freebie account question

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:28:32 GMT

Hi all, I put my 2 months free Audible account on a 90 day hold. I have one credit, and am supposed to get the next credit on the 27th of this month. On June 27th, will I get my other free credit, or will they start billing me? Anyone else try to put a freebie account on hold? Should I go back and undo?

Cannot install v2.8.0 or later on Win 7

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:40:30 GMT

Hi! I have a win7 box, and am a long time user of Calibre. I am running v.2.79.1 as I have been unable to install 2.8.0, 2.8.1 or 2.8.2. The installer starts and then stops, reporting "Another Installation is in progress. Please wait until it is finished, to install". Taking advice from a post, here, I tried to uninstall Caliber 2.79.1 before attempting the new install. But the uninstall program reports the same thing. That another installation is in progress and that I must wait until that is finished, to uninstall. I have restarted Win7 and then done run a registry cleaner, but nothing changes. HELP! Telyt

Aura HD Bought a broken unit: IR doesn't work, Screen is OK

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:44 GMT

I exchanged my 2nd aura hd (working) for a broken aura hd and some cash. The "new" unit came with IR broken, but IR is ok. The problem is the case, because the inners are broken and IR touch driver can't get any signal from the plastic part.:smack: The exciting part: The screen of the "new" device is A LOT OF better than my other device (which had, until this moment, the best aura hd screen I saw). So I replaced both motherboards and now I have an "great aura hd" and a spare kobo without touchscreen (again, because the plastic frames, not the IR) to use for a project. I don't know, but I would like an alarm clock with an e-ink screen and a big snooze button to turn on the lights during a few seconds... :rolleyes: Please share your ideas about repurposing an ereader. Thanks :)

"Remove Books" in Calibre

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:48:03 GMT

This seems like it should be simple, but I'm not finding it to be so. Seems to me, once upon a time in Calibre, the "Remove Books" command led to a confirmation "Are you sure you want to remove selected book(s)?", along with the option to disable this confirmation dialog, i.e. a "don't show this again" checkbox. One day, when I was doing a lot of book removal, I chose to disable the confirmation. It's possible I'm imagining this, but I don't think so. Anyway, now I wish to take back my choice. Removing books is something I do only occasionally, and something I don't wish to do inadvertently, as I have done a few times. So I assumed the way to address this was by modifying the behavior of the "Remove Books" plugin. Except when I try to do that, I'm told "Remove Books plugin needs no customization", or words to that effect. So, presumably, there's a correct way of doing what I'm trying to do, and the way I'm using is not it. Can anyone help me with this (seemingly) "simple" problem? Thanks, Jerry B

Do I need a new one?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:18:54 GMT

I have the older paperwhite with 212 ppi. I pretty much only read on my paperwhite in bed in the dark. As I get more tired, I just up the font size. Anyone who switch to the new paperwhite from the old, do you really think it made a difference?

Bug in dictionary function, wish: upgrade to using multiple dictionaries at one time

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:23:33 GMT

Hi folks, I have just installed calibre a few days ago and are now making my first experiences with the reader. As I am reading books in a foreign language (norwegian) I highly esteem the built-in customizable dictionary function. There are nevertheless some weaknesses or even a little bug with this function. First of all it seems not to be possible to look up more than one single word - i.e. not a chain of words - by the built-in lookup-function. I have customized the dictionary (:= "{word}&ant_bokmaal=5&ant_nynorsk=5&bokmaal=+&ordbok=bokmaal" ) and it works in general well except for the fact that not the whole of all marked words are transferred to the online dictionary but only the first word. Example: marking the to words "except for" in the above sentence, rightclicking on the marked and highlighted text, choosing "lookup in dictionary" (CTRL + L) causes calibre not to insert "except for" but only "except" into my dictionary. It does thereby not matter which dictionary I choose. The result remains the same. Surprisingly enough this behaviour does not occur when I chose the second option "CTRL + E". Then the whole content of the marked text is transferred to Goggle. I have tried to replace the {word} variable by {text} in the questioning string which seems to be the one that is transferred by the CTRL+E command to Google. But that does not work (error notification). Neither works to add several pluses and {word} in the lookup-string ({word}+{word}+{word}) This causes the function just to lookup the same word as many times as "+{word} is added (in the given example: "except+except+except"). Is there any way to correct this limitation? If it works to transfer several words at once to google this should be possible to a customized site too without any circumstances? Probably it is a bug that it does not work this way - ? Yet another question: It would be marvellous if there was an option to use not just one but several dictionaries at the same time. Very often one does not get a satisfying answer from just one dictionary but only by using different ones. It is quite a work to tab in words manually in those dics, so it would be cool if calibre could handle more than just one dic at a time. Of course the ultimate solution would be if calibre could import the results directly into its own window thus saving from having to change to the favorite webbrowser. But that would be a major work to do as I am quite aware of (programming a bit on my own, unfortunately not with python). Many thanks for any answer that may come Bjarne

Info about Formalities (copyright, CIP, ISBN, etc.)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:08:01 GMT

I just wondered if anyone can refer me to a good article that explains, in plain English and in a logical sequence, the steps self-publishers should follow if they want to apply for things like copyright protection, Library of Congress number, CIP, ISBN, etc. Merely compiling a list of services that are available would be helpful (what have I missed). There are also a lot of special cases. For example, Amazon doesn't require ISBN numbers, as they supply their own special numbers. And if you can't get a CIP through the Library of Congress, you can buy one through Quality Books. I've been researching this stuff for a few days, and I think I pretty much have it figured out. But I'm struck by the lack of beginner friendly resources that really pull it altogether. I'm thinking of writing an article offering advice for new publishers, but I want to make sure this topic hasn't already been covered in depth but I simply haven't found the information through Google. Thanks!

My secrets. Rhyming book based on facts. Early education

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:27:18 GMT

NEW EDITION Rhyming book for kids/ Very informative "My secrets" is not just a typical rhyming book. This book is actually 100% made of facts which are rhymed. More than 100 interesting facts about animals. This is definitely the best book a child can use to learn letters in a creative and memorable way. It is quite easy to use; baby animals stand for each letter of the alphabet and rhymes are used to narrate interesting facts about them. The book is very educational since the information about the baby animals is 100% factual. I have to confess that I learnt some new and fascinating things about the animals, don’t judge me, but it got me wishing I was exposed to this book as a little kid. The kids who will read this are definitely very lucky! As a loving parent who wants to raise a smart son, I would definitely recommend this animals rhyming book to other parents. It’s like a well balanced meal containing all the important nutrients yet still packaged with a sweet taste all the kids can swallow easily!