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February 11, 2013 / tshrinivasan

Thinking to create a portal for Tamil ebooks

Friends.

I am using a 6″ kindle to read the ebooks. It improved my reading habit a lot. Many of my friends read the books in their tablets too.
Tons of english books are available for free.
Unfortunately, there are no much tamil ebooks for reading in the ebook readers.

As there is no support for tamil in epub or mobi format, we use LibreOffice writer to convert the text into pdf.

We can not read A4 page sized existing pdf books in these tablets and kindle. It needs lot of zoom and other movement to fix the content to read easily.

Found a way to create ebooks for these devices.
Set the page size as 9cm X 12 cm
Paste the content from site like http://www.projectmadurai.org/pmworks.html create pdf file and load it to the device.

This will give a perfect reading experience for Tamil books. Wrote about this here.
https://onroads.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/how-to-read-tamil-books-in-kindle-ebook-reader/

Like this, many people create books and their collection stay with them.

Nowadays, there are many tamil writers share there works in net. We can ask them to release them in Creative commons license so that anyone can create ebooks and share them with all.

All our http://www.kaniyam.com content are in CC license.
Like this we can get more sites to give content.

We can create tons of ebooks using these content.

I am thinking on creating a web portal for organizing and sharing the pdf files for these ebook reading devices.

The following are the requirements.

1. Multiuser login [ SSO with openID, facebook etc ]
2. Role based access control to upload, review, approve, publish 3. Download counter
4. Discussion forum
5. Social sharing
6. Books Review section
7. category/tags
8. ratings

We can give the following versions of each file.
A4 odt
A4 pdf
6″ odt
6″ pdf

If we have such a system, the reading habit will increase.

I hope Drupal/wordpress can be used to setup such a portal.

Do we have any other better system?

Can anyone volunteer for setting up the portal?

Thanks.

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  1. Kumaran R / Feb 14 2013 11:30 am

    Anna, why not add .epub to the list? It will dynamically scale to fit/shrink any device. Of course the Kindle doesn’t support it. But it is the preferred open standard for creating/sharing e-books. :-) I’m ready to help. Perhaps Drupal/WP/Joomla? Maybe a forum using phpBB too? :-)

    • tshrinivasan / Mar 27 2013 1:10 pm

      epub in tamil is not supported by kindle or android tablets. We have to root the devices to install the fonts. We can give epub too. Till the support comes, we can give pdf files.

      • மதுரக்காரன் / Jun 24 2013 6:40 pm

        Hi,

        You can use epub format in android tablets by using custom fonts with aldiko reader. I have tried it and have found it good to read.

        For more details, you can visit my blog and have a look at that article. If you are interested, we can work together to create epubs in Tamil. The beauty of epub format is the ease at which you can convert epub to mobi or other formats. I guess kindle supports mobi format. Thanks

        Regards,
        Rajanna

      • tshrinivasan / Jun 24 2013 7:15 pm

        Thanks for the interest.

        We are looking for people to create epub ebooks.

        Check the site freetamilebooks.com and share your thoughts.

  2. Sathish Kumar / Apr 1 2013 7:39 pm

    What ever you do in pdf, still Epub is best i found the solution. You dont have to root your android device. I have aldiko reader. I added latha Unicode font like it said in this website http://nasilemaktech.com/2012/06/06/aldiko-custom-fonts/. now i can read the book.

    • tshrinivasan / Apr 1 2013 7:45 pm

      Thanks for the reply.

      Checked the link. Interesting. What is the true type font you copied in the aldiko folder, to read the unicode tamil epub books?

      • Sathish Kumar / Apr 2 2013 9:50 am

        I copied Latha font from windows/fonts in my system, it worked for me. I even converted one article in project madurai to epub.

      • tshrinivasan / Apr 2 2013 10:22 am

        Thanks for the update.

        Will try that and share the results.

  3. Ravi / Sep 30 2013 12:54 pm

    Definitely, we have started initiatives to make a portral for Tamil ePub soon. Please see the updates soon at http://www.nextgendigital.com

    Thanks,
    Ravi

    • tshrinivasan / Sep 30 2013 2:53 pm

      Hi,

      We have started it.

      Check http://FreeTamilEbooks.com

      • jayendran / May 31 2014 6:06 pm

        Hi Anna,

        I have downloaded பொன்னியின் செல்வன் – சுருக்கப்பட்ட பதிப்பு from your website.
        And I’m using kobo Glo E- reader.In Kobo GLo we have an option to load custom fonts.

        When I’m reading the book in Latha(I loaded it coping from windows) the book worked fine. But when I tried reading with other customs fonts its working but its having few issues.The letter in words get rearranged.

        If you have any solution please help me in resolving the issue.

        Thanks,
        Jayendran

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