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New ePub addon for Firefox
#1  mikelv 10-26-2009, 10:53 AM
Hi there,

I just wanted to inform you about a new addon for Firefox with which you can read ePub-files. It is called "EPUBReader". I finished the addon last week and uploaded it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/45281.

Before I started the development, I checked if something similar exists. Of course I found OpenBerg, but OpenBerg seems not to support Firefox 3.*. I checked the source code of OpenBerg and decided to write the addon from scratch, because it's not so easy to understand the code somebody else has written.

I would be very happy, if you would try it and give me your feedback.

UPDATE:
I've just uploaded the new version 1.1.0.

Here is what I changed:

- Now it's possible to navigate through the ePub-file using navigation buttons at the bottom. This is the most important and most requested change . The navigation is available for all epub's loaded with version 1.1.0. So please reload epub's which you loaded with previous versions.

- In the navigationbar is now a link to every page in the ePub-file displayed. In previous versions sometimes missed a link.

- The navigationbar can now be toggled at the bottom, using the "+/-" link.

- The author of the ePub-file is now displayed if he is specified in the ePub-file. In previous versions he was sometimes not displayed even though specified in the file.


Michael

#2  tovare 10-26-2009, 07:45 PM
I get an error trying to install it.
It complains about it not being a valid installationpackage.

Firefox 3.5.3:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; nb-NO; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20091020 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.3


Looks cool on the screenshot, I hope to be able to try it out someday.

#3  AnemicOak 10-26-2009, 07:52 PM
It installed OK for me, but I can't get it to display an ePub, when I try and open one Firefox keeps trying to download it instead.


Firefox 3.0.14

#4  kenmark 10-26-2009, 08:16 PM
Quote mikelv
I would be very happy, if you would try it and give me your feedback.
Installation error.

Running Vista Ultimate with Firefox 3.5.3

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20090824 Firefox/3.5.3 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
FF-Error.JPG 

#5  mikelv 10-27-2009, 05:00 AM
Quote AnemicOak
It installed OK for me, but I can't get it to display an ePub, when I try and open one Firefox keeps trying to download it instead.


Firefox 3.0.14
Thanks for your feedback! Could you send me a link to the ePub-file (if it's free)?

Unfortunately some webservers are not configured the right way, so they don't send the right mime-type for ePub-files. The result is, that EPUBReader doesn't recognize that it is ePub-file which you to try to open and doesn't process it. I have already fixed this in a new version which I'm testing in the moment.

P.S. In the meantime you could just download the file to your disk and open it in Firefox via "File/File open".

#6  mikelv 10-27-2009, 05:35 AM
Quote tovare
I get an error trying to install it.
It complains about it not being a valid installationpackage.

Firefox 3.5.3:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; nb-NO; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20091020 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.3


Looks cool on the screenshot, I hope to be able to try it out someday.
@tovare + kenmark

Thanks for your feedback and sorry, that the installation didn't work . I'm running XP and didn't have problems. When I uploaded the file to the Mozilla-website, they did run several tests on it and all of them were passed. So I'm really surprised about these problems.

I'll check this with the Mozilla guys and will fix this a soon as possible.

#7  mikelv 10-27-2009, 06:02 AM
Quote tovare
I get an error trying to install it.
It complains about it not being a valid installationpackage.

Firefox 3.5.3:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; nb-NO; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20091020 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.3


Looks cool on the screenshot, I hope to be able to try it out someday.
@tovare + kenmark
This seems to be a known firefox bug. Here is the workaround:

1. Just try the installation again after you have deleted your cache

Or

2. Download the addon first (right click, "save as") and save it to your desktop or somewhere else. After the download is complete, drag the downloaded .xpi file icon from the desktop (or other location) and drop it onto an open Firefox "Add-ons" window.

Hope this solves the problem. Would be great if you give me feedback.

#8  kenmark 10-27-2009, 10:46 AM
This add-on is working for me now. I opened an existing ePub file on my PC: the left panel shows the TOC; the right panel shows the text/images with proper justification and all.

Some questions.

1. I can already view ePub files via ADE or the eBook Library. Therefore, other than being able to view an ePub from my Firefox browser, can you explain why I would need to use this add-on?

2. The chapters seem to be all one page and are read by using the scroll bar or wheel to advance through the entire chapter. Was this your intention?

3. To continue to the next chapter, I must click the TOC in the left panel to continue reading. Is this how the reader is supposed to work?

Nicely done, I just have to figure out a need for it.

Ken

#9  AnemicOak 10-27-2009, 10:47 AM
Quote mikelv
Thanks for your feedback! Could you send me a link to the ePub-file (if it's free)?

Unfortunately some webservers are not configured the right way, so they don't send the right mime-type for ePub-files. The result is, that EPUBReader doesn't recognize that it is ePub-file which you to try to open and doesn't process it. I have already fixed this in a new version which I'm testing in the moment.

P.S. In the meantime you could just download the file to your disk and open it in Firefox via "File/File open".
It wasn't on a server. I was doing File-->Open.

#10  Olympus 10-27-2009, 11:12 AM
I just installed the plug-in and started to download todays ePub version of NRC-Handelsblad newspaper
IMHO this is even better than Adobe's Digital Editions

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