The following post is related to the eBook Technologies ETI-2 (also the eBookwise reader), and has nothing to do with anyhting else on this site. I’m posting this under “stuff that’s hard to figure out yourself”. So for anyone using this eBook, these are the simple instructions you need to get your content on your device.

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to turn your text and html files into a format your eBook can understand. This method requires the eBook Publisher software (freeware, version 2.2.2 at time of post) from eBook Technologies and a SmartMedia card with card reader.

Step 1: Open your text document in Word (or other processor), and save in Rich Text Format (.rtf). This is just a text document that supports a little formatting, and makes a good translation to the eBook format. So make your text document look proper here first.

Step 2: Run eBook Publisher. Select menu ‘File’ then ‘New Project’.

Step 3: In the drop-down box next to ‘Build Target:’, select ‘Grayscale Half-VGA’.

Step 4: Select menu ‘File’ then ‘Save’ to save your project. Give the project a file name in the same folder as your .rtf document. The project file ends with .opf

Step 5: Select menu ‘File’ then ‘Import…’. Browse to your .rtf document and open it. You will then be asked to save it as an .odf file. Give this file a name, and save in your project folder with your other files. This file will automatically add to your project, and be listed under ‘Spline Items’ on the main window.

Step 6: Select menu ‘Project’ then ‘Build Edition…’. In the ‘Edition Settings’ window, the first tab is called ‘Edition Info’. Here you can uncheck ‘Require ISBN’, and enter a title, author and language for your content (the other fields can be ignored). Next go to the ‘Bookstore’ tab to change the ‘Bookshelf Category’ – this will control what group the eBook is listed under on your ETI-2. Hit ‘Ok’, and select your project folder to save the eBook.

Step 7: If there are no errors, you have an .imp and .key file in your project folder. Send both of these files to your SmartMedia card, and shove the card back in your eBook.

That’s it…. a bit too involved, but it works well. And the next time I forget how to do it, I can just look on my webpage.  If this actually helps anyone, or you know a faster way, leave a comment.

Categories: eBooks

5 Responses so far.

  1. Terri says:

    Hey there,
    Thanks for your post! It helped me a ton. I have the ebookwise reader and have been having a hard time with formating text.

    Thanks again!

    PS Any other info you have I would love to see.

  2. peter says:

    Terri,
    Glad that it helped you. It took me a couple days to figure that much out, so I wrote it up for others. WRT formatting, I haven’t tried to do anything more complicated than taking plain text and applying a font.

  3. Monty says:

    hi there,

    three years ago I bought the ebookwise reader – and still having my fun with it :-)
    but some little things are not so good as they can be:

    a) the best way to display a cover image is to put it before a page break in the rtf and to change the line in the .odf-file like this:

    the size of 290x440pix ist the best to show the cover filling the page (or any other image in a file!)

    b) when you have some indirect speaches in it, beginning/ending with › and ‹ the conversion put them into » and «
    to prevent this you can search/replace the ›‹ in the rtf-file and put an # before it.
    then you take the .odf-file (“edit” in the ebookpublisher) and replace the #&raquo and #&laquo (double quotes) with &rsaquo and &lsaquo (single quotes)
    (this can be done with a little word-macro – copy the text from the .odf in word, start the macro and copy the text back)

    when you want to see some examples, look at
    public.box.net/imp-archiv – there are my personal books i converted in the last years (sorry, that they are all in German – but I’m from Germany :-) )

    - The fontsize and -style in the book depends from the size of the fonts in the rtf:
    The for me best reading size ist Times 12 or 13, smaller than 11 changes the font (I don’t use smaller sizes) and 14 and higher I use for headlines.
    Sans Serif-Fonts like Arial I use in size 11 – it’s too big to display it on the ebookwise (despite of headlines). So I convert every book I make in Times, normal Text in 12 or 13 pt size, headlines/chapters a little bigger, the title page like the original… empty lines I delete or put in, that the text fits the page…

    - Before you convert a book into imp, you can put an opwn category on the “edition settings” – try the folder “Bookstore” and write a bookshelf category of your choice (Crime, SF, Fantasy…) in the first field. when the book is convertet in the ebookreader, you can see the different categories and have a little bit more “sorting” in your book :-) )

    The converting into rtf is very good – the result is much smaller and faster built than from word…

    If you safe not only a *.imp but also an *.oeb, you can use it also to make some *.rb for Rocket-user or *.imp for ETI-1 (color) devices – or you can load it on the “personal content” site at ebookwise. (but uploaded files can’t be bigger than 2 MB, self-converted has no size-limit…)

  4. geeks says:

    Hey, that was interesting,

    this is a great article, i can finally use my ebook reader..

    Thanks for writing about it

  5. Carolyn says:

    Thanks so much for your clear step by step instructions. My husband and I have had our reader for a very long time, and he just asked about adding new content. I was thrilled to jump on the net and find your generous sharing of information.

    In Gratitude,

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