Feature request - download articles into ebooks

Bug #1006650 reported by Dom on 2012-05-30
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Bug Description

I would like a feature (if possible) that downloads articles or webpages and converts them into ebooks into your library. This could work like or using the dotepub conversion tool.

It would be great also if this feature could be accessed through a magnet link, for example:

- I am browsing the web and I come across an article like: http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
- I change the web address to: calibreconvert://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
- Calibre sends the url to dotepub and saves the resulting ebook in your library

Happy for other ideas and suggestions, but I'm sure this would help anyone who spends a lot of time reading articles on the web from varied sources.

Currently using: version 0.8.52 on Windows 7

Cheers,
Dom

Vladimir Nunez (nunezvladimir) wrote :

Dom,
for this feature I use with success the following : http://dotepub.com/

That create an epub that I can directly add into Calibre and read...
Easy!
good luck

Vladimir

Vladimir,

Thanks for your reply - I am already aware of dotepub, actually I mentioned
it in the request.

I am actually looking for an intelligent way of linking dotepub with
calibre seamlessly. I currently download many articles (say 50 to 100 per
week) and it is time consuming to convert them and add them to calibre by
hand, a tool to join dotepub and calibre would be wonderful.

And since calibre is already quite good at making things simple with
e-books I thought this would be a good fit.

Anyway I'll see if someone else comes up with something better soon.

Dom

On 4 June 2012 01:20, Vladimir Nunez <email address hidden> wrote:

> Dom,
> for this feature I use with success the following : http://dotepub.com/
>
> That create an epub that I can directly add into Calibre and read...
> Easy!
> good luck
>
> Vladimir
>
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> Title:
> Feature request - download articles into ebooks
>
> Status in calibre: e-book management:
> New
>
> Bug description:
> I would like a feature (if possible) that downloads articles or
> webpages and converts them into ebooks into your library. This could
> work like or using the dotepub conversion tool.
>
> It would be great also if this feature could be accessed through a
> magnet link, for example:
>
> - I am browsing the web and I come across an article like:
> http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
> - I change the web address to: calibreconvert://
> www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
> - Calibre sends the url to dotepub and saves the resulting ebook in your
> library
>
> Happy for other ideas and suggestions, but I'm sure this would help
> anyone who spends a lot of time reading articles on the web from
> varied sources.
>
> Currently using: version 0.8.52 on Windows 7
>
> Cheers,
> Dom
>
> To manage notifications about this bug go to:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/calibre/+bug/1006650/+subscriptions
>

John Card II (jcii) wrote :

Dom,
If you are able to sort downloaded files in your browser into different directories, you may be able to use the "Automatic Adding" directory in calibre to add .epub files generated by dotepub.com. This file-sort capability is a feature of some download managers such as http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ , http://www.igetter.net/iGetter.html , etc.

I'm also interested in this feature, and I will now attempt to follow my suggestion.

Currently using version 0.8.55 on macosx 10.7.4
--
jcii

Dom (dom-the-busker) wrote :

John,

That is a great trick, I might see if I can set up something like that. At
the moment I am using Firefox - let me see if I can find a way to move them
to a specific folder.

Once they are uploaded to Calibre do you know if I need to keep the
originals or has it made a copy of the files?

Dom

On 12 June 2012 17:36, John Card II <email address hidden> wrote:

> Dom,
> If you are able to sort downloaded files in your browser into different
> directories, you may be able to use the "Automatic Adding" directory in
> calibre to add .epub files generated by dotepub.com. This file-sort
> capability is a feature of some download managers such as
> http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ , http://www.igetter.net/iGetter.html, etc.
>
> I'm also interested in this feature, and I will now attempt to follow my
> suggestion.
>
> Currently using version 0.8.55 on macosx 10.7.4
> --
> jcii
>
> --
> You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to the bug
> report.
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1006650
>
> Title:
> Feature request - download articles into ebooks
>
> Status in calibre: e-book management:
> New
>
> Bug description:
> I would like a feature (if possible) that downloads articles or
> webpages and converts them into ebooks into your library. This could
> work like or using the dotepub conversion tool.
>
> It would be great also if this feature could be accessed through a
> magnet link, for example:
>
> - I am browsing the web and I come across an article like:
> http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
> - I change the web address to: calibreconvert://
> www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
> - Calibre sends the url to dotepub and saves the resulting ebook in your
> library
>
> Happy for other ideas and suggestions, but I'm sure this would help
> anyone who spends a lot of time reading articles on the web from
> varied sources.
>
> Currently using: version 0.8.52 on Windows 7
>
> Cheers,
> Dom
>
> To manage notifications about this bug go to:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/calibre/+bug/1006650/+subscriptions
>

John Card II (jcii) wrote :
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Dom,
For Firefox, check out http://flashgot.net/

Calibre, at least in my setup, copies the file to its managed library, and then deletes from the "Automatic Adding" directory. This seems to be by design, and a documented feature. And the way you want the program to work, unless you want to add the same file many many times.

There may also be something available with calibre's command line tools as well, I am also looking at that.
--
jcii

On Jun 12, 2012, at 6:59 AM, Dom wrote:

> John,
>
> That is a great trick, I might see if I can set up something like that. At
> the moment I am using Firefox - let me see if I can find a way to move them
> to a specific folder.
>
> Once they are uploaded to Calibre do you know if I need to keep the
> originals or has it made a copy of the files?
>
> Dom
>
> On 12 June 2012 17:36, John Card II <email address hidden> wrote:
>
>> Dom,
>> If you are able to sort downloaded files in your browser into different
>> directories, you may be able to use the "Automatic Adding" directory in
>> calibre to add .epub files generated by dotepub.com. This file-sort
>> capability is a feature of some download managers such as
>> http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ , http://www.igetter.net/iGetter.html, etc.
>>
>> I'm also interested in this feature, and I will now attempt to follow my
>> suggestion.
>>
>> Currently using version 0.8.55 on macosx 10.7.4
>> --
>> jcii
>>
>> --
>> You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to the bug
>> report.
>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1006650
>>
>> Title:
>> Feature request - download articles into ebooks
>>
>> Status in calibre: e-book management:
>> New
>>
>> Bug description:
>> I would like a feature (if possible) that downloads articles or
>> webpages and converts them into ebooks into your library. This could
>> work like or using the dotepub conversion tool.
>>
>> It would be great also if this feature could be accessed through a
>> magnet link, for example:
>>
>> - I am browsing the web and I come across an article like:
>> http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
>> - I change the web address to: calibreconvert://
>> www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
>> - Calibre sends the url to dotepub and saves the resulting ebook in your
>> library
>>
>> Happy for other ideas and suggestions, but I'm sure this would help
>> anyone who spends a lot of time reading articles on the web from
>> varied sources.
>>
>> Currently using: version 0.8.52 on Windows 7
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Dom
>>
>> To manage notifications about this bug go to:
>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/calibre/+bug/1006650/+subscriptions
>>
>
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> You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to the bug
> report.
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>
> Title:
> Feature request - download articles into ebooks
>
> Status in calibre: e-book management:
> New
>
> Bug description:
> I would like a feature (if possible) that downloads articles or
> webpages and converts them into ebooks into your library. This could
> work like or using the dotepub conversion tool.
>
> It would be great also if this feature...

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Lenny DiBrango (lennyd120) wrote :

Have you checked out longform.org ? It converts any article on the web to an E-reader format and sends it to your reader through wi-fi. It's free and it works very well.

EcLiPsE (softinn72) wrote :

Please check also readlists.com (based on readability algorithms) where you can build your read list from several web articles and lets you export/download/email it as an epub/mobi.

Hope it helps,
Paolo

J M (hobohassin) wrote :

Here's a work around:

Print your webpage into a pdf printer (I use CutePdf, http://goo.gl/XKnU).
Then, convert through calibre.

I have not tested this method, so use at your own risk.
If you can simplify the web page (like Article mode on the kindle), then that would make the process much more effective.
Good luck!

J M (hobohassin) wrote :

Here is some extra research I just completed (attached).

lostinlodos (lostinlodos) wrote :

My choice for easy downloads:
Kindle-it/Push To Kindle
Works in most cases for yanking articles without the advertisements and extra stuff, and turns them into a MOBI, PDF, or EPUB

http://fivefilters.org/kindle-it/

Nigel Mackay (nmackay) wrote :

In any browser you specify your download folder. Just make that the watched folder. Then use dotepub. Files handled this way will be loaded into calibre and then deleted from the folder. Other files will be left alone, so you will be able to do with them whatever you want.

Can't get much simpler than that.

AmacheurWorks (svansintjan) wrote :

You can also use a tool like Pocket to save all your articles, and then subscribe to your pocket RSS feed and download on a weekly (daily) schedule.

http://help.getpocket.com/customer/portal/articles/361724-how-to-configure-calibre-with-pocket

You can also use the pocket app on your phones.

Alok Singh (alokbeniwal) wrote :

I also recommend the tool Instapaper. It's worth the money and there's a calibre recipe to import articles as a MOBI file, which is easy to convert to EPUB.

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