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dotEPUB Coverts Web Pages into ePUB eBooks

If you’re looking for a quick and dirty way to convert web pages into eBooks, dotEPUB–available as a bookmarklet and Chrome extension–coverts pages into ePUBs on the fly.

Install the extension or drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar and you’re in business. Visit a page you want to convert and, with a click and some in-browser review/tweaking, you can easily convert the page to ePUB format. Watch the video above to see it in action.

If you’re looking for a quick Kindle-friendly solution, check out previously reviewed Kindlebility. dotEPUB is free and works with Google Chrome and modern browsers that support bookmarklets.

dotEPUB [via One Thing Well]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/5/12

Comments (6)

  1. Anonymous

    That’s pretty cool. However I don’t use Chrome. I primarily use Firefox (now Version 9.0.1 as of at least 1/5/12). Therefore, I’ll probably stick to copying and pasting partial/entire HTML pages into an Libre Office “Writer” document.

    Copying/cutting and pasting may be a little more laborious but it does allow editing of content. It also allows the inclusion of pictures before exporting the entire document as a PDF too. (You usually just have to keep the web page “alive” / open while editing or at least not kill your browsers cache, is all.) And as you probably know, PDF’s are a lot more platform friendly and can easily be viewed on just about anything.

    The only other downside that copying/cutting and pasting web pages is that it doesn’t always work as expected which is usually due to complex web-page formatting. But again, it does at least work with simple ASCII text and that’s pretty much all I saw this eBook converter do.

    I’m also sure there are conversion utilities for eBook documents too. Therefore, maybe I’ll start using Chrome a bit more often just for this utility.

    Still, I don’t think I’ll ever completely trust Google nor ever completely adopt Chrome. I have never liked Google’s history with cookies nor any of their other (nasty) tricks with things like Java scripts either. These things almost always end up letting the rest of the internet marketing goon squads “watch” me too. And you just have to wonder why Chrome is almost always also included in those malware installers – just like the infamous Yahoo! toolbar. (Hint! Hint!)

    Finally, don’t even get me started on Adobe either. I use Sumatra or Foxit instead of Adobe’s grossly over-bloated / insecure PDF “Reader.” And yes, I am aware that Chrome doesn’t require any Adobe externals/add-on’s such as Flash or Reader. But like I said, I don’t completely trust Google any more than I trust Adobe – no one should.

  2. thendricks

    I use a tool called Tinderizer. This was formerly known as Kindlebility. It grabs just the article from a website, then using the email function provided by Amazon, sends a copy directly to your Kindle. Very smooth.

  3. Ushindi

    Well, I like this. I put it on my toolbar and tried it – works great for my Nook. Thanks once again, JF (and HTG).

  4. StevenTorrey

    I tried it. Less than thrilled. First, they tell you it won’t work on Windows7. Need Google Chrome or Mozilla. Which I have. But then it tells you that images won’t be saved. And then I pressed all the necessary keys, and lo and behold–nada, zilch, nothin’. Color me not surprised. Just one more gew gah that promises more than it can deliver. The Windows ‘Edit’ allows a web page to be saved to a person’s word documents. Delete the irrelevant matters on the webpage, save what remains to your worddocuments. Can make your own comments to the article, in a different font and color to distinguish them from the article. Be certain to label where the article comes from, so that accusation of plagiarism doesn’t raise its ugly head. Easy as pie. Without one more less than adequate gew gah.

  5. Obiwan2208

    I tried it and is a quick way to make a epub but with minor problems: It insert a advertising page and other about disclaimer.

    For create epub I prefer create with a program and another to edit cover and metadata (both free, of course), is more perfect and give more control over output format.

  6. Daniel Huckstep

    thendricks, thanks for the Tinderizer shoutout! (I’m the developer)

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