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Fifobooks Composer: a simple way to create your own illustrated e-book
#1  dpapathanasiou 06-08-2010, 03:15 PM
We've created a "labs" site, where we can test new features before they're formally released.

First up is Composer: http://labs.fifobooks.com/Composer, an automated tool for creating illustrated books like comics or graphic novels/manga.

All you need is a stack of images (png, gif, jpg) -- upload them, set the page sequence, and (optionally) define chapters.

Composer does the rest, and produces a file in e-book format (either .epub or .cbz).

We think the potential for all-illustrated e-books is huge, not only because of how good they look in color on the iPad, but also because of Apple's arbitrary censorship in their book store: http://www.siliconera.com/2010/05/08/30-of-kodansha-manga-adapted-into-apps-rejected-by-itunes/

Note, too, that you can even turn your own photo albums into e-books, if you're so inclined, since Composer doesn't care what kind of images it parses.

We would love to get everyone's feedback on Composer; please feel free to leave a comment or question here, or you can reach us anonymously via our contact page: https://www.fifobooks.com/Contact

#2  delphidb96 06-08-2010, 03:57 PM
Quote dpapathanasiou
We've created a "labs" site, where we can test new features before they're formally released.

First up is Composer: http://labs.fifobooks.com/Composer, an automated tool for creating illustrated books like comics or graphic novels/manga.

All you need is a stack of images (png, gif, jpg) -- upload them, set the page sequence, and (optionally) define chapters.

Composer does the rest, and produces a file in e-book format (either .epub or .cbz).

We think the potential for all-illustrated e-books is huge, not only because of how good they look in color on the iPad, but also because of Apple's arbitrary censorship in their book store: http://www.siliconera.com/2010/05/08/30-of-kodansha-manga-adapted-into-apps-rejected-by-itunes/

Note, too, that you can even turn your own photo albums into e-books, if you're so inclined, since Composer doesn't care what kind of images it parses.

We would love to get everyone's feedback on Composer; please feel free to leave a comment or question here, or you can reach us anonymously via our contact page: https://www.fifobooks.com/Contact

How about a downloadable version???

Derek

#3  dpapathanasiou 06-08-2010, 04:35 PM
Quote delphidb96
How about a downloadable version???

Derek
Hi,

I'm not sure what you mean by "downloadable".

You can download the .epub or .cbz file Composer creates, and use it however you please (i.e., there's no obligation to publish it on Fifobooks.com). Composer does not keep a copy of the resulting e-book, nor the images used in its creation.

If you mean downloadable as a desktop app, though, we learned that people don't want desktop apps, and we've come around to that view ourselves.

#4  Xanthe 06-08-2010, 04:43 PM
Nothing seems to happen on IE7 when clicking "Add Images", and "Set Cover" is unclickable.

#5  joubert 06-08-2010, 05:09 PM
Hello Xanthe,

Try using IE 8. We did not test under older versions of Internet Explorer.

Joubert

#6  Xanthe 06-08-2010, 05:13 PM
Okay, I'll download IE8 and try it with that later.

#7  rogue_librarian 06-08-2010, 05:46 PM
Quote dpapathanasiou
I'm not sure what you mean by "downloadable".
Why, this is a hosted solution. Obviously Derek meant to release the script that does the conversion so it can be run locally.

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If you mean downloadable as a desktop app, though, we learned that people don't want desktop apps, and we've come around to that view ourselves.
Ugh.

#8  dpapathanasiou 06-08-2010, 06:04 PM
Quote rogue_librarian
Ugh.
Well, we can think of good reasons why it shouldn't be a desktop app, but I'd be interested to know why you think it is a good idea (I'm not trying to be disagreeable, I just want to understand your point of view).

#9  capidamonte 06-08-2010, 06:56 PM
Quote dpapathanasiou
If you mean downloadable as a desktop app, though, we learned that people don't want desktop apps, and we've come around to that view ourselves.
That was a thread about an app to download from your catalog and sideload to the reading device, one that might interfere with the personal system of users.

This is a utility to create graphical books. Entirely different, and shouldn't do more than touch some pre-selected files. Web-based software for that purpose is inefficient and a waste of bandwidth; upload, download, iterate, upload, download... repeat until satisfied.

Also, what happens when you go away? Or change your terms of service? And why should anyone trust you when you say you don't keep copies? Who are you?

#10  K-Thom 06-08-2010, 07:34 PM
Without being too negative or disrespectful - but who actually needs this tool?

Creating cbr/cbz? Zip any number of image files, rename .zip to .cbz or .rar to .cbr, done.

Create an eBook out of cbz or cbr? Simply upload to calibre, a desktop software, convert to different formats, done.

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