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Forest Sangha Publications

Postby theravada_guy » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:08 pm

Greetings all,

I just now discovered the Forest Sangha portal Web site along with the publications section. Most of the books look like they're only available as "epub" and "mobi" files. What are these? Why aren't they in PDF format, which, I wish they'd work on putting them into.

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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby daverupa » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:15 pm

Adobe acrobat should open epub files...
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby bodom » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:19 pm

theravada_guy wrote:Greetings all,

I just now discovered the Forest Sangha portal Web site along with the publications section.


Great website I am on there daily.

Most of the books look like they're only available as "epub" and "mobi" files. What are these? Why aren't they in PDF format, which, I wish they'd work on putting them into.


It is so they can be uploaded to e-readers such as kindle, nook, ipad etc.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby theravada_guy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:14 am

Does anyone know where I can download this ePub thing? I looked on Wikipedia, and it said it was a free program. But I when I went to the Web site, I couldn't find where to download it.
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby Upasaka » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:48 am

theravada_guy wrote:Does anyone know where I can download this ePub thing? I looked on Wikipedia, and it said it was a free program. But I when I went to the Web site, I couldn't find where to download it.


Does this help?

Adobe DE (Digital Editions) is a Flash based eBook reader for the desktop computer and Sony Reader. Along with reading ePub formatted books, DE can also read PDF files and both of these with or without DRM protection.

Download--- http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

Adobe has been a great supporter of ePub; in fact they are also a member of the IDPF, helping to develop the book format itself. When they released their Digital Editions, it was the first eBook reader that could read ePub books.

DE is available for both Windows and Mac computers with Linux currently in development and installation is a very simple process. During installation you will be asked to authorise your computer. You do have the option of refusing this, but any DRM encrypted eBooks you buy will not be transferable to any other computers or devices.

The visual look of DE is quite different to most computer software as it has a dark, brushed metal, grey interface. Personally I like the look, especially as it helps to emphasise the white pages, where the actual reading is done.

Adobe are also wanting to expand DE into other markets, with a current localisation that includes three different languages; English, French and German.
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby theravada_guy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:42 am

Awesome! After some figuring out of the program and how to get the files into the reader, it worked. Thank you, very very much! :anjali:
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby Upasaka » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:52 am

you are very welcome! :anjali:
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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby theravada_guy » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:29 pm

Would anyone know why I get a question mark (?) in some Pali words when I read the ePubs in Adobe Digital Editions? How can I fix this?

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Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Postby daverupa » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:34 pm

Possibly:

But ADE randomly displays question marks inside words

This is because your original file has soft hyphens. ADE doesn't handle those. So just remove these soft hyphens from your file and the question marks will go away. Look for something like ­ or ‑. Basically anything "strange" that exists between those two characters. But you have to look in the HTML.

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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