Hey guys, I'm back with one new nonfiction ebook and some tales of woe to tell. But on the upside, I have started Stargate Retribution (I'm three chapters in) and I reorganized my novel bookshelf to make finding things a lot easier.
Next post is going to be the updated list of available ePubs. The new nonfiction book is the last item on the list.
List of all my ePubs, part 1:
seaQuest DSV, Novel 1: https://mega.co.nz/#!YE1ihARB!wjZe-j79pv8T61Ou-goJh7QaXzBMW-VEiDwjkgIaOsI
seaQuest DSV: Fire Below: http://www.mediafire.com/download/5fb3dlxm1eoy34v/seaQuest_DSV__Fire_Below.epub
seaQuest DSV: The Ancient: http://www.mediafire.com/download/hjk5gsxrd59je0t/seaQuest_DSV__The_Ancient.epub
Event Horizon: http://www.mediafire.com/download/23gqj2o7bpa6b1e/Event_Horizon.rar
Stargate Rebellion: http://www.mediafire.com/download/sa7ipqdgx3n3ykx/Stargate_Rebellion.epub
Stargate Retaliation: http://www.mediafire.com/download/l4sbgcj07je7eug/Stargate_Retaliation.epub
The Black Hole: http://www.mediafire.com/download/83v9kfi9k1uxj43/The_Black_Hole.epub
Titan A.E.: http://www.mediafire.com/download/o2do8qxfopv36rk/Titan_A.E..epub
ePub list, part 2:
ID4: Silent Zone: http://www.mediafire.com/download/d90ja86ge6ada5a/Independence_Day__Silent_Zone.epub
ID4: War in the Desert: http://www.mediafire.com/download/yp7z8ay0xu77u78/Independence_Day__War_in_the_Desert.epub
Star Trek: Challenger: Chainmail/Exodus: http://www.mediafire.com/download/vujuo2mq87ns5h3/Challenger_-_Chainmail.rar
Pitch Black: http://www.mediafire.com/download/905ydyr393wcu06/Pitch_Black.epub
Men in Black: http://www.mediafire.com/download/91ddytpj06pyui0/Men_in_Black.epub
Project Orion: http://www.mediafire.com/download/331hdx9ifn89x3c/Project_Orion__The_Atomic_Spaceship_1957-1965.epub
Colonies in Space: http://www.mediafire.com/download/pjhv5c5gldx71yw/Colonies_in_Space.epub
Space Settlements: A Design Study: http://www.mediafire.com/download/d0dj5quek22d6ek/Space_Settlements__A_Design_Study.epub
>Wait, there were Independence Day novels? ...Were they sequels?
There's a movie novelization (which I don't have), a prequel, and one that's both a midquel and sequel (War in the Desert).
>nice to have you back, I was wondering if you were just done with it all or not.
Fuck no, I just had some set backs. One was finding out that the TNG Nitpicker's Guide Vol. 2 ALREADY had a legal eBook version... that was better than mine in one major way: EVERY EPISODE was its own chapter and hyperlinked throughout the book. Mine wasn't, although it fixed some dumb formatting and missing pics the legal version had. Check it out here:
Also, go to Amazon, look up "Phil Farrand" and press that "tell publisher you want eBook" button for the two Nitpicker's Guides that Random House HASN'T digitized (TNG Vol. 1 and DS9).
People fight the ID4 aliens on foot. Shit's pretty crazy.
Let me know if that thing has any problems. Whoever made the original web pages I ripped fucking sucked at HTML coding and I couldn't be assed to change too much of it considering the huge ass number of appendices.
Thanks for the books OP. But I have to ask, why Epub and not PDF?
PDF has inline images, plus it preserves font and formatting choices the way the author/editor intended.
Aw hell, I still haven't even sent you those Star Trek books that I said I would, I'm sorry dude. And I really slacked off on scanning in that Titan book; I recently picked it back up, I should have it done within the week.
Maybe I can send off that package sometime next week? I'm going to be working alot of hours this week.
It's okay man, send them whenever you can. Just remember to e-mail me the tracking info.
ePub can do literally EVERYTHING PDF can. ePub is literally nothing more than a renamed ZIP file containing HTML files, CSS files, and possibly pictures. ePub is also usable and user scalable on EVERYTHING, from phones to PCs, so it's a better format from the user POV, since text reflowing PDF readers are a fairly new thing.
Also, from my end, ePub has a bunch of benefits. One of them is that it allows me to break up books into separate files for each chapter, which makes proofing and HTML error correction much easier (YMMV on the proofing). It also cuts out a lot of the formatting headaches for me, especially with the non-fiction books with tons of pictures. Instead of me losing my mind trying to make sure even people using phones could read this stuff, I just let the reader apps scale things as needed.
The only reason I break a lot of the author/editor's formatting choices is because that stuff doesn't work well on screens, especially phone screens. If they do excerpts in a certain style, I try to emulate that while giving the reader the best reading experience
16/22 done. The giant, multichapter space battle has finally started, with nukes, plasma cannons, and retrofitted space shuttles getting in on the action.
But holy shit, some of those chapters are LONG.
Sup, /m/ lit anon,
I've been making a folder of obscure nerdy books/video game-related books on my Mega account (using requests from /v/ and elsewhere). Do you mind if I make an /m/ mirror on my account, with all due credit? Thanks.
>with nukes, plasma cannons, and retrofitted space shuttles getting in on the action.
So the movie version of Stargate Command reverse-engineers alien tech too? Cool.
Go for it. I'd feel better knowing that if book publishers finally took notice of my mediafire, there'd be at least one backup somewhere.
>So the movie version of Stargate Command reverse-engineers alien tech too? Cool.
There's no real SGC in the first three books, but these books might as well take place on X-Com Earth, considering how quickly they reverse engineer tech.
Just finished it a few moments ago. Here it is, Titan AE Akima's Story in PDF:
This one looks much better in "text-reflow" mode on my tablet than the last book I scanned in.
I finished it sooner than I thought because I really got into it and wanted to read the end, also the last couple of chapters were really short. It was good though, I really liked it. If you liked the movie then you'll like this one. Kinda written for juveniles, but I still found it to be very entertaining. I'll keep my eyes open for Cale's Story too, I really want to read it now. If I can find it then I'll scan that one in too. Too bad there's not also a Korso's Story, that'd be neat.
Hey /m/ lit guy, you want my working file to convert it into an epub? Just let me know.
>Hey /m/ lit guy, you want my working file to convert it into an epub? Just let me know.
Sure, e-mail it to me. It's probably easier than coverting the final product to ePub through Calibre, because of all the HTML cleanup and breaking it up into chapters.
Thanks for that, I forgot to bump before I went to get an eye exam.
check your email
Woo, 22/22 done. Gotta proof 12 chapters tomorrow though, if I'm going to maintain my Friday deadline.
Got the file and made two HTML chapter files just now. The ePub conversion looks like it'll be fairly quick, despite having to clear fuck tons of span tags.
Dunno if I'm going to convert all that legalese and put it in the ePub.
Time to proof the last ten chapters. Might only get 4 done now, but I'll get the rest tonight.
Well, the legalese is pretty much all the publisher info at the front of the book, before the Acknowledgments and what not.
As for span tags, they're just HTML tags that define special characteristics for part of a paragraph. The problem is that the way Kompozer does them overrides my CSS stylesheet, so I have to erase the tags while not accidentally erasing stuff like Italics.
Lunch bump. Kind of nice to not have to look through chapters to spot errors.
Also, the long term nonfiction book will now be Bad Science, which is all about Cold Fusion. It's got a shit structure though.
Here's Stargate Retribution.
Also did six chapters of that Titan AE prequel. Can't guarantee I'll get it out tomorrow, since I've got golf early tomorrow morning (so someone has to bump it around page 6-7)
>I've noticed that you've mentioned golf on multiple occasions, is there something we should know about you?
That I like golf?
Anyway, if you guys are looking for a good ePub app for Android, "Ebook Reader" is pretty good. It obeys the CSS stylesheets I insert in my books and displays images correctly.
Posting Titan AE: Akima's Story a bit early since I'm really tired: http://www.mediafire.com/download/ulsb0k11uqwt9ov/Titan_A.E_akima.epub
This is the first ePub that I had to completely redo a file for due to a bug I couldn't fix.
Any of you guys every read Asimov's Science Fiction magazine? I stumbled on a bunch of old prints recently and fond some of them online. The covers are amazing.
Mix of short stories, novelettes, short stories and essays.
I've fond good scans for most of them already. If I've got any of the missing ones I'll see what I can do tho.
Hey guys, my internet is having random ass connectivity problems, so I might need you guys to bump the thread at my usual times (11PM, ~11:30AM-12PM) until I get a repair guy to check it out. I SHOULD be able to do the 11PM post, I don't want to take any risks.
Oh, and this book comes with TONS of foot notes. Joy.
Well, my internet seems stable for now and Daylight Savings Time is kicking my ass, so I'm going to sleep.
I did manage to get everything through chapter 3 done, but I hope you guys like images of text, because this book has plenty of oddly formatted text and equations that would be a real pain in the ass to reproduce.
Well, I've got my internet fixed, so there's that. I've decided to take a break from Stargate (since I want to do Recon and Resistance back to back) and I'm now doing Gundam Sentinel.
And holy shit, it could use another editorial pass. I've read fanfic that flows better.
Got 7 chapters of Sentinel done, but I'm probably going to do a lot less tomorrow because there's a lot of stuff that I never got around to reformatting for an earlier attempt to convert the book to ePub.
Okay, well, there's some weird shit when it comes to OCRing this book. It likes to turn exclamation marks into "I"s and put a space in front of them for some reason. Also, E.E. Doc Smith put foot notes in two chapters, so that's a little extra work for me. Could be worse, it could be Bad Science levels of footnotes/end notes that have to have numerous links between different HTML pages.
Yeah that happens with me all the time too. You have to be careful because sometimes it'll read capital I's as 1's or lower case l's and it has trouble with exclamation points, periods, commas, apostrophes, and quotation marks. That's why my process was just scan a page, then read through it, correcting mistakes as I go. It's slow work, but it's the best way to make sure you don't miss anything. Also I put in double spaces after the periods at the end of sentences, which the OCR almost never does.
I do that too, but it's weird how consistent this problem is with this book. I wonder if it's a result of the text density and font combining to fuck with the OCR algorithms.
Okay, 12/24 chapters done. I gotta say, aside from feeling like I'm missing a ton of explanation for stuff, this book is pretty entertaining, if bizarrely fast paced. I kind wish there was a mecha game with this kind of pulp scifi writing.
Thank you for the comment. Always good to know people appreciate this kind of stuff.
21/24 chapters done. Here's a weird excerpt from the book in return:
>And behind him, in the Port Admiral's office, that high official sat and mused, smiling faintly with lips and eyes, staring unseeingly at the still open doorway through which Kinnison had staggered. The boy had measured up in every particular. He would be a good man. He would marry. He did not think so now, of course—in his own mind his life was consecrate—but he would. If necessary, the Patrol itself would see to it that he did. There were ways, and such stock was altogether too good not to be propagated. And, fifteen years from now—if he lived—when he was no longer fit for the grinding, grueling life to which he now looked forward so eagerly, he would select the Earth-bound job for which he was best fitted and would become a good executive. For such were the executives of the Patrol. But this day-dreaming was getting him nowhere, fast: he shook himself and plunged again into his work.
Finished up Lensman 3 early so I can play some Valkyria Chronicles on PC: http://www.mediafire.com/download/cbt7t3hb0bg5974/Lensman_3__Galactic_Patrol.epub
Also, Project Gutenberg has a bunch of E.E. Doc Smith stuff. The ePubs aren't the best, since they do this stupid thing where there's no individual HTML files for chapters and their section breaks don't go across the screen, but they've got the reworked Lensman 1 (Triplanetary). Here's the link: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/9515
Late night bump. Didn't get through much of Valkyria Chronicles because I got a last minute golf invite, then got dragged off to a boring car show. Tomorrow I'll do some more work on Bad Science.
I'm an /a/ fag who had only read fantasy stuff like Abercrombie, Sanderson and a few old ones. I really want to get into /m/ related
audiobooks that feel japanese but without faggot teenagers or at least giant plotholes. Closest thing I read which I liked was All You Need is Killand Ready Player One. Any recommendations?
I had a link to a western written mecha novel, but I lost it and I have no idea how good the writing is anyway. It's probably better than Sunrider, the free western mecha VN on Steam. That would be WAY better as a pulp scifi mecha VN.
You can find more western books about Power Armor and Tanks then pure Mech ones.
Power Armor Books
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Armour by John Steakley
Old Mans War by John Scalzi
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Sci Fi Tanks
The Bolo books by Keith Laumer and others after his death
The Hammer's Slammers books by David Drake
The Lobo books by Mark L. Van Name
These are just the ones that come to mind right now there are many more.
Pre-dinner bump. Gonna be doing Battletech: Freebirth while I sort some stuff out with Amazon before getting Stargate Resistance.
Freebirth has some mecha illustrations, that'll be easy to scan, but there's a map that I can't find on the internet, so I'm going to trace over the shitty scan I've taken in Photoshop and make it look really nice and readable. I'll be doing that on the weekends though, since that takes FOREVER.
The battle system is pretty good, but there's a huge progression killer early on, where they give you a tutorial for special commands and buffs where you think you're supposed to try out all the special commands, two missions before a really difficult escort mission, so you get screwed by the lack of special command points and possibly by your upgrade choices before that point.
The writing and character designs aren't that great, but they're tolerable outside of the battle cut-ins. It could use some better animations, but for a free VN that's partly kickstarter funded, it's pretty good.
Did 6/39 chapters tonight. I don't know if I can keep that rate up, but the chapters are short, so who knows.
Also, someone highlighted every instance of the name "Night Gyr" in one chapter of my copy. I have no idea why anyone would do that, since there's no handwritten notes in the book.
Kinda weird to not be proofreading right now, but this Battletech book pretty much forces me to do it when I'm OCRing stuff, thanks to all the punctuation marks after "quiaff" getting messed up in every chapter.
12/39 chapters done, but holy shit, there's not a lot of mech action in this so far. I'm hoping that's just because it's the beginning of the book and setting things up for huge ass action scenes at the end.
Lunch bump, proofing last night's chapters since I had to play tech support last night. On a positive note, I ordered Stargate Resistance, so all the Bill McCay books will get done.
15/39 chapters done, despite me having to help do tons of math bullshit. Chapter 16 looks like it'll actually have some fucking mechs in it, as opposed to a bald dude losing his shit.
I was planning on scanning this book in next, but apparently Amazon already has a kindle edition.
So it's not really worth the effort to scan anymore is it? I wouldn't think so.... oh well.
Haha, how does Riker get the most prominent portrait?
18/39 chapters done.
>>So it's not really worth the effort to scan anymore is it?
Nope, unless you know they fucked up the Kindle version badly.
>Haha, how does Riker get the most prominent portrait?
It's the fucking beard.
One thing I kind of like about this book is the idea that transformable mecha are kinda shit both in the air and on the ground. It's kind of refreshing change from them being great all the time.
that makes sense against real world logic, just look at the f35, an all-around solid plane, but because it's a multi-role, it will never do those individual tasks as well as a plane built specifically for those tasks.
Woo, 30/39 chapters done. Still not a lot of mech action, but the damn F35 equivalents took off, so you're going to see them fight whatever Battle/OmniMechs are an analogy for.
Good news, I got Stargate Resistance today and it wasn't fucked up. Guess the mail guys figured delivering during yesterday's torrential rain wasn't worth it and waited until today.
Well, I'm off to see family for Thanksgiving. Hope you guys are enjoying the holiday.
I'll check this out later, but if it's properly OCR'd and formatted, it'll at least let me skip the scanning step.
Any chance you have more BattleTech stuff?
Taking a break from working on the map to bump the thread and ask a question: Does anyone know what's the font that the map uses?
More map progress. Turns out a lot of the text is literally fucking Arial or Arial Narrow, aside from parts with weird fonts that might be available on BattleTech site. Got all the faction names done, but I'm still working on the planets.
Finished labeling all the planets on the big map, scanned the mech lineart, and tweaked the lineart in Photoshop. Not satisfied with every image, but they're a lot better than what I got when I tweaked things with just the scanner software.
FINALLY fucking done with the map. I'll certify the files and hopefully get the ebook published tomorrow, then take a break for a day or two before starting Stargate Recon.
Here's Battletech Freebirth: http://www.mediafire.com/download/apg1sn3k7uez95w/Battletech__Freebirth_-_Twilight_of_the_Clans_IV.epub
Fun fact - the author of this book wrote novelized Robot Jox. I want to get my hands on that book to see how the early version of the story was.
Also, holy shit, this is way better written than most mecha anime.
Lunch bump. Not in a position to proofread today, but I think you'll get a laugh out of this.
Here's Stargate Recon: http://www.mediafire.com/download/qqcsu9sr852lzs7/Stargate_Reconnaissance.epub
Gonna start working on Stargate Resistance on Sunday. Tomorrow is going to be a day off for me, aside from bumps.
Might as well bump the thread. Had a pretty relaxed day, but I didn't get to play Valkyria Chronicles since I'm tied up making sure my brother gets ahead of his homework. Also did a little editing for the G Gen Overworld translation project.
I did scan Stargate Resistance's cover, so at least I accomplished something.
>G Gen Overworld translation project
Is this a thing? Wow.
Also, I've been meaning to ask for light novel and stuff, I've almost made a thread for it until I found this one.
Been looking for FMP's volumes 1-3, specially 2-3 since at least I've managed to find a .pdf with scans of the first volume, but an .epub or even a .mobi would be perfect
>Is this a thing? Wow.
Yup. Progress is pretty slow because one dude barely posts new stuff anymore, there's only ONE dedicated editor (me), and two ESL dudes whose stuff I have to edit (and one is WAY better than the other at the translating). But you can check out the thread for it here: http://gbatemp.net/threads/sd-gundam-g-generation-overworld-english-translation.369219/
Started scanning Resistance. Kinda annoyed that it tricked me into thinking I wouldn't have to scan four chapters at some point, but hey, at least the pointless prologue was short.
By no means obscure, but certainly old, can anyone tell me if Asimov's Caves of Steel is any good?
14/20 chapters done. Probably will have the book done by Saturday, assuming more bad stuff doesn't happen.
It's not that hard if you watch tutorial videos on Youtube. They helped me replace the main board on my washer when that went bad.
The problem is that the parts are stupidly expensive. The cheapest price I've seen for my TV's PSU is ~$40 on Amazon.
are there any .epubs for the gundam novel? I remember someone once tried to make them but formated like a regular book and all, and on top of it, it was based on the original translation of it...