Mike and Psmith, Psmith in the City Epub Versions

In celebration of moving my downloads over to WP DownloadManager, I decided to release Epub versions of Mike and Psmith and Psmith in the City. ETA: And also Psmith, Journalist. For more about Psmith, see my Kindle-licious series.

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I’ve written this warning a few times before, but I might as well do it again:

Warning Warning Warning

The above texts are public domain only in the United States, anywhere with a Berne-convention-style copyright that expires 25 years after author death, and anywhere else without copyright laws.

If you live anywhere else, especially in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, every country in continental Europe, almost every country in Asia, South America, and Africa—these are not legal for you to download, read, read aloud, print, or store on a computer or server unless it happens to be housed in the United States, etc etc etc. ((If you think this is ridiculous, join the club. I’m not against copyright in general—far from it—but the man’s been dead for over 25 years.))

For more information, see Copyright and Wodehouse.

End Warning

I wrote a few scripts to make the Epub process a snap for those of us working by hand. I’m not ready to release them, but here’s an example session (warning: extreme geek):


[Thu Dec 18, 1:56PM]-(s000)-{~/Documents/Publications/demo}
tufor% create-epub Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith
Title?
Mike and Psmith
Entering new creator: role [aut|ill|...]?
aut
Last name?
Wodehouse
First name, middle initial, etc?
P. G.
Add another creator [y/n]?
n
Book rights?
Public Domain in the United States
Book license?

[Thu Dec 18, 1:57PM]-(s000)-{~/Documents/Publications/demo}
tufor% ls
Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith/
[Thu Dec 18, 1:57PM]-(s000)-{~/Documents/Publications/demo}
tufor% ls Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith
META-INF/	content/	metadata.opf	mimetype	toc.ncx
[Thu Dec 18, 1:57PM]-(s000)-{~/Documents/Publications/demo}
tufor% cd Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith
[Thu Dec 18, 1:59PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% ls content
stylesheet.css
[Thu Dec 18, 1:59PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% ls META-INF
container.xml

stylesheet.css is a small one for Adobe Digital Editions. metadata.opf and toc.ncx are the base versions seen in the epub tutorial.

At this point, I use ruby to write scripts to split the HTML file into chapters, and add in the Project Gutenberg header/footer and the preface. (To the person who downloaded this file before it was completely ready: you’re missing these bits.) I make prodigious use of sed and vim to mass-correct any mistakes that epubcheck complains about. ((Mac OS X is cool because it comes with ruby, sed, and vim pre-installed. It even has the Ruby Gem framework. And Rails. Rock on, Apple!))

So after all that, the content/ directory looks like this:


tufor% ls content/
chapter01.html		chapter13.html		chapter25.html
chapter02.html		chapter14.html		chapter26.html
chapter03.html		chapter15.html		chapter27.html
chapter04.html		chapter16.html		chapter28.html
chapter05.html		chapter17.html		chapter29.html
chapter06.html		chapter18.html		chapter30.html
chapter07.html		chapter19.html		gutenberg-footer.html
chapter08.html		chapter20.html		gutenberg-header.html
chapter09.html		chapter21.html		preface.html
chapter10.html		chapter22.html		stylesheet.css
chapter11.html		chapter23.html		title.html
chapter12.html		chapter24.html

And now we get to the fun part: updating the manifest. Not at all tedious:


[Thu Dec 18, 2:05PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% ls
META-INF/	metadata.opf	toc.ncx
content/	mimetype
[Thu Dec 18, 2:06PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% update-manifest
Skipping over ncx item
Generating items for manifest
content/chapter01.html: chapter01 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter01 to spine
content/chapter02.html: chapter02 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter02 to spine
content/chapter03.html: chapter03 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter03 to spine
content/chapter04.html: chapter04 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter04 to spine
content/chapter05.html: chapter05 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter05 to spine
content/chapter06.html: chapter06 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter06 to spine
content/chapter07.html: chapter07 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter07 to spine
content/chapter08.html: chapter08 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter08 to spine
content/chapter09.html: chapter09 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter09 to spine
content/chapter10.html: chapter10 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter10 to spine
content/chapter11.html: chapter11 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter11 to spine
content/chapter12.html: chapter12 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter12 to spine
content/chapter13.html: chapter13 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter13 to spine
content/chapter14.html: chapter14 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter14 to spine
content/chapter15.html: chapter15 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter15 to spine
content/chapter16.html: chapter16 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter16 to spine
content/chapter17.html: chapter17 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter17 to spine
content/chapter18.html: chapter18 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter18 to spine
content/chapter19.html: chapter19 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter19 to spine
content/chapter20.html: chapter20 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter20 to spine
content/chapter21.html: chapter21 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter21 to spine
content/chapter22.html: chapter22 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter22 to spine
content/chapter23.html: chapter23 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter23 to spine
content/chapter24.html: chapter24 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter24 to spine
content/chapter25.html: chapter25 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter25 to spine
content/chapter26.html: chapter26 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter26 to spine
content/chapter27.html: chapter27 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter27 to spine
content/chapter28.html: chapter28 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter28 to spine
content/chapter29.html: chapter29 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter29 to spine
content/chapter30.html: chapter30 application/xhtml+xml
Will add chapter30 to spine
content/gutenberg-footer.html: gutenberg-footer application/xhtml+xml
Will add gutenberg-footer to spine
content/gutenberg-header.html: gutenberg-header application/xhtml+xml
Will add gutenberg-header to spine
content/preface.html: preface application/xhtml+xml
Will add preface to spine
content/stylesheet.css: stylesheet text/css
content/title.html: title application/xhtml+xml
Will add title to spine
Adding chapter01 to spine
Adding chapter02 to spine
Adding chapter03 to spine
Adding chapter04 to spine
Adding chapter05 to spine
Adding chapter06 to spine
Adding chapter07 to spine
Adding chapter08 to spine
Adding chapter09 to spine
Adding chapter10 to spine
Adding chapter11 to spine
Adding chapter12 to spine
Adding chapter13 to spine
Adding chapter14 to spine
Adding chapter15 to spine
Adding chapter16 to spine
Adding chapter17 to spine
Adding chapter18 to spine
Adding chapter19 to spine
Adding chapter20 to spine
Adding chapter21 to spine
Adding chapter22 to spine
Adding chapter23 to spine
Adding chapter24 to spine
Adding chapter25 to spine
Adding chapter26 to spine
Adding chapter27 to spine
Adding chapter28 to spine
Adding chapter29 to spine
Adding chapter30 to spine
Adding gutenberg-footer to spine
Adding gutenberg-header to spine
Adding preface to spine
Adding title to spine


[Thu Dec 18, 2:06PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor%

I have to edit metadata.opf a little bit, to reorder stuff in the spine (in particular, I move title.html to the top, followed by gutenberg-header.html and preface.html), but other than that I can safely regenerate the metadata every time. Even if I add a new file, it won’t disturb the order of existing items on the spine, and will append new items at the end.

Let’s watch.


[Thu Dec 18, 2:09PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% cp content/title.html content/new-thing.html
[Thu Dec 18, 2:09PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% ls content
chapter01.html		chapter13.html		chapter25.html
chapter02.html		chapter14.html		chapter26.html
chapter03.html		chapter15.html		chapter27.html
chapter04.html		chapter16.html		chapter28.html
chapter05.html		chapter17.html		chapter29.html
chapter06.html		chapter18.html		chapter30.html
chapter07.html		chapter19.html		gutenberg-footer.html
chapter08.html		chapter20.html		gutenberg-header.html
chapter09.html		chapter21.html		new-thing.html
chapter10.html		chapter22.html		preface.html
chapter11.html		chapter23.html		stylesheet.css
chapter12.html		chapter24.html		title.html
[Thu Dec 18, 2:09PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% update-manifest
Skipping over ncx item
Generating items for manifest
... lots of manifest generation output ...
Will add title to spine
title already in spine
gutenberg-header already in spine
preface already in spine
chapter01 already in spine
chapter02 already in spine
chapter03 already in spine
chapter04 already in spine
chapter05 already in spine
chapter06 already in spine
chapter07 already in spine
chapter08 already in spine
chapter09 already in spine
chapter10 already in spine
chapter11 already in spine
chapter12 already in spine
chapter13 already in spine
chapter14 already in spine
chapter15 already in spine
chapter16 already in spine
chapter17 already in spine
chapter18 already in spine
chapter19 already in spine
chapter20 already in spine
chapter21 already in spine
chapter22 already in spine
chapter23 already in spine
chapter24 already in spine
chapter25 already in spine
chapter26 already in spine
chapter27 already in spine
chapter28 already in spine
chapter29 already in spine
chapter30 already in spine
gutenberg-footer already in spine
Adding new-thing to spine

Fun!

The next sticking point is the table of contents, toc.ncx. I set up my script such that it generates the play order according to the spine order of metadata.opf, using for navigation point labels the in the header of the HTML.

Let’s watch.


Thu Dec 18, 2:12PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% update-ncx
[Thu Dec 18, 2:14PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% head -30 toc.ncx

  
    
    
    
    
  
  
    Mike and Psmith
  
  

  
    Mike and Psmith
  
  


  
    Project Gutenberg Front Matter
  
  


  
    Preface
  
  


Unlike metadata.opf, the toc.ncx is regenerated destructively each time at the moment.

Now, update-manifest and update-ncx leave backup files behind them:


tufor% ls
META-INF/				metadata.opf.20081218-14951-560400
content/				mimetype
metadata.opf				toc.ncx
metadata.opf.20081218-141150-490432	toc.ncx.20081218-141435-146263
metadata.opf.20081218-14659-942229

It would be nice to not include everything in the root directory (after all, that’s why content/ is there: to leave less junk floating around the metadata files). So I created a script that easily compiles the epub and leaves out excess files; it also puts the mimetype correctly in the zip files with a storage method of STORAGE rather than one of the deflations, and names the epub file after your current directory name.


[Thu Dec 18, 2:15PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% compile-epub
Creating Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith.epub
  adding: mimetype (stored 0%)
  adding: META-INF/container.xml (deflated 35%)
  adding: content/chapter01.html (deflated 57%)
  adding: content/chapter02.html (deflated 54%)
  adding: content/chapter03.html (deflated 55%)
  adding: content/chapter04.html (deflated 60%)
  adding: content/chapter05.html (deflated 60%)
  adding: content/chapter06.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter07.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter08.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter09.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter10.html (deflated 57%)
  adding: content/chapter11.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter12.html (deflated 57%)
  adding: content/chapter13.html (deflated 53%)
  adding: content/chapter14.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter15.html (deflated 55%)
  adding: content/chapter16.html (deflated 57%)
  adding: content/chapter17.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter18.html (deflated 58%)
  adding: content/chapter19.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter20.html (deflated 60%)
  adding: content/chapter21.html (deflated 60%)
  adding: content/chapter22.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter23.html (deflated 53%)
  adding: content/chapter24.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter25.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter26.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/chapter27.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter28.html (deflated 59%)
  adding: content/chapter29.html (deflated 62%)
  adding: content/chapter30.html (deflated 56%)
  adding: content/gutenberg-footer.html (deflated 64%)
  adding: content/gutenberg-header.html (deflated 41%)
  adding: content/preface.html (deflated 48%)
  adding: content/stylesheet.css (deflated 46%)
  adding: content/title.html (deflated 43%)
  adding: metadata.opf (deflated 84%)
  adding: toc.ncx (deflated 80%)
[Thu Dec 18, 2:18PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% unzip -lv Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith.epub
Archive:  Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith.epub
 Length   Method    Size  Ratio   Date   Time   CRC-32    Name
--------  ------  ------- -----   ----   ----   ------    ----
      21  Stored       21   0%  12-18-08 13:57  eff6d13b  mimetype
     234  Defl:X      153  35%  12-18-08 13:57  eadbee10  META-INF/container.xml
   11781  Defl:X     5103  57%  12-18-08 14:05  82252b1b  content/chapter01.html
    8323  Defl:X     3808  54%  12-18-08 14:05  3c097760  content/chapter02.html
    8532  Defl:X     3858  55%  12-18-08 14:05  1eb7a219  content/chapter03.html
   12635  Defl:X     5105  60%  12-18-08 14:05  51858951  content/chapter04.html
   14013  Defl:X     5645  60%  12-18-08 14:05  e82ddc17  content/chapter05.html
   10943  Defl:X     4864  56%  12-18-08 14:05  1d06481f  content/chapter06.html
   11325  Defl:X     4983  56%  12-18-08 14:05  5b852aef  content/chapter07.html
   11615  Defl:X     5111  56%  12-18-08 14:05  59254e00  content/chapter08.html
   13873  Defl:X     5621  60%  12-18-08 14:05  a3a9cb1e  content/chapter09.html
    9105  Defl:X     3878  57%  12-18-08 14:05  98bd768c  content/chapter10.html
   18743  Defl:X     7636  59%  12-18-08 14:05  3b4cd0bb  content/chapter11.html
   10291  Defl:X     4396  57%  12-18-08 14:05  1986e66a  content/chapter12.html
    7656  Defl:X     3585  53%  12-18-08 14:05  0c6835e2  content/chapter13.html
   10073  Defl:X     4174  59%  12-18-08 14:05  fe43b8a3  content/chapter14.html
   10050  Defl:X     4572  55%  12-18-08 14:05  48951a2b  content/chapter15.html
   13029  Defl:X     5568  57%  12-18-08 14:05  c3442a78  content/chapter16.html
    7180  Defl:X     3155  56%  12-18-08 14:05  ee262e95  content/chapter17.html
   11163  Defl:X     4657  58%  12-18-08 14:05  bdb9bf24  content/chapter18.html
   11613  Defl:X     5052  57%  12-18-08 14:05  4e3ed93b  content/chapter19.html
   12792  Defl:X     5133  60%  12-18-08 14:05  8bb75279  content/chapter20.html
   11435  Defl:X     4596  60%  12-18-08 14:05  f3c5c1f1  content/chapter21.html
   13212  Defl:X     5381  59%  12-18-08 14:05  523813d8  content/chapter22.html
    6565  Defl:X     3060  53%  12-18-08 14:05  ce2bfe78  content/chapter23.html
   11961  Defl:X     4868  59%  12-18-08 14:05  51731ede  content/chapter24.html
    9273  Defl:X     4073  56%  12-18-08 14:05  38cba99d  content/chapter25.html
   12833  Defl:X     5621  56%  12-18-08 14:05  18f1dda1  content/chapter26.html
   10913  Defl:X     4420  60%  12-18-08 14:05  aabfda85  content/chapter27.html
   12606  Defl:X     5166  59%  12-18-08 14:05  5dc98847  content/chapter28.html
   16818  Defl:X     6375  62%  12-18-08 14:05  08bd089f  content/chapter29.html
   10767  Defl:X     4739  56%  12-18-08 14:05  991a2d3d  content/chapter30.html
   21245  Defl:X     7684  64%  12-18-08 14:05  0b1e8638  content/gutenberg-footer.html
    1186  Defl:X      705  41%  12-18-08 14:05  b2803314  content/gutenberg-header.html
    3023  Defl:X     1567  48%  12-18-08 14:05  450a9aa7  content/preface.html
     270  Defl:X      147  46%  12-18-08 13:57  395f8d82  content/stylesheet.css
     566  Defl:X      322  43%  12-18-08 14:05  944003e1  content/title.html
    4827  Defl:X      792  84%  12-18-08 14:11  b4ddcbb0  metadata.opf
    6022  Defl:X     1185  80%  12-18-08 14:14  9a2cc700  toc.ncx
--------          -------  ---                            -------
  378512           156779  59%                            39 files

And then there’s running epubcheck, which I wrapped in a script to set the classpaths properly for java and such:


[Thu Dec 18, 2:18PM]-(s000)-{..lications/demo/Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith}
tufor% epubcheck Wodehouse_P.G.-Mike_and_Psmith.epub
No errors or warnings detected

All told, not counting the time I’m spending copying and pasting into this blog post, and assuming that content is prepared (it rarely is), the process takes at most a couple minutes if you type slowly.

Much fun. The scripts are pretty rough, so unless you are slightly geeky, you won’t like them.

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