Broader distribution of Ubuntu Manual (Kindle Store, Google Play, iBookstore)

Bug #1103679 reported by Pierre Slamich on 2013-01-23
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Ubuntu Manual
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Chris Woollard
Chris Woollard (cwoollard) wrote :

Google Play could be possible because they accept PDF format files.

iBookstore accepts only EPUB files and Multi-Touch books.

We are already on Amazon as a printed paper edition. Making the Manual available on Kindle could be more tricky. See below.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Getting-Started-Ubuntu-12-10-Manual/dp/1481265121/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365206967&sr=1-1&keywords=ubuntu+manual

At the moment we are limited to pdf format files. Until the manual can be generated in either epub or mobi format we cannot add the file to Kindle or iBookstore.

We will look into Google Play.

Changed in ubuntu-manual:
assignee: nobody → Chris Woollard (cwoollard)
Chris Woollard (cwoollard) wrote :

Kevin,

Thoughts?

Chris

Benjamin Donald-Wilson (benny) wrote :

I've just been experimenting with Pandoc (http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/) to convert the manual into the epub format.

I'll try compilering the manual into epub by the end of next week.

Thanks,
Ben.

Kevin Godby (godbyk) wrote :

Ben, let me know how your experiments with pandoc go. When I tried, it didn't work so well.

Benjamin Donald-Wilson (benny) wrote :

Kevin, I've just quickly tried pandoc without thinking. http://people.ubuntu.com/~benny/ubuntu-manual.epub is what came from it.

From what I see the pictures don't show and there is "[sec:files]", "[sec:etc.]" in places. In the next few days I'll have a look on how to fix this.

On our mailing list Thomas Corwin wrote:
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I can export the PDF as an EPUB file with some online software, but I'm not sure what the outcome will turn out to look like. This would give us the availability to distribute the manual with Amazon, Android, and Apple.
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Thomas, can you test what the outcome looks like?

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