Dec 21 2008
I was going to post today about how to convert a file using OpenOffice but I wasn’t able to successfully do it. If I figure it out, though, I’ll post about it.
Most ebooks are available in MS Lit format. I usually buy in MS Lit format but in order to get the book onto an iPhone, Sony Reader, Ebookwise, you have to convert the MS Lit file into HTML. This is the way that I do it although there are others. As far as I know this works only on Windows computers and not MACs.
I used a non secure MS Reader book: Patrice Michelle’s Harms Hunger. There are basically two steps: Installing ConvertLit GUI and then using that program to convert the MS Lit files into html files.
- 1 ebook downloaded in the MS Reader format. (This is also known as a “lit” file)
- ConvertLit Gui
- Download the ebook and make note of where the file is located. My downloads go to my “Desktop”
- Download the Convert Lit Gui program.
- Go to the location where you downloaded it. It should be in a “zip” file and you will need to “extract” the contents. This is done by right clicking and choosing “extract all.”
- This will bring up the “Welcome to the Compressed (zipped) Folders Extraction wizard. Press “Next”.
- Select the destination. I like to extract things to the Desktop. Press “Next”.
- Click “Finish”.
A window will open and your extracted contents will show one file. This is the ConvertLit GUI Install program. Double click on the icon.
- Tell ConvertLit where to install the program. I just go with the default. Click Next.
- This gives you the option of installing a shortcut to the “start” menu. Click Install.
- Look at the check boxes. You can have the program start when you finish and the readme to open. Your choice. Click Finish.
Success! You should now have the ConvertLit GUI program installed. It’s time to take a break, eat a Candy Cane and then come back. (Note: you can install this program on a USB drive or a SD card instead of on your harddrive).
Now you have ConvertLit GUI installed. Next we are going to run Converlit GUI. Open the ConvertLit Program.
- Make sure the tab Extract is selected. It is usually selected by default.
- Select .lit file(s). This is the location where you downloaded the file in step 1. Highlight the file you want to convert.
- Select output folder. Where do you want the converted file to go? It can be the same place as where you saved the folder. I like to save the file to my desktop.
- Make sure that “create filename subfolders for extracted files” is checked. If you check the box next to “open folder after extraction”, the folder where the extracted files go will open automatically. Then press Extract
- If it was successful, you should get this message:
(if there is an error, it didn’t extract correctly).
There should be a folder that contains the files you just extracted. The folder will be the name of the book you extracted. A couple will be image files. One should be the book itself. One will be “Open eBook Package File” which will have the name of the book BIBHarmsHunger and the “extension” OPF.
Now you have an html file and images that are ready to convert into eReader format for the iPhone or using your Stanza Desktop, into an epub compatible format, or into LRF for the Sony.