Converting Ebook content for use on REB1200/GEB2150
All ebook content files must first be converted to .IMP
file format for use on the REB1200. Then they can be moved
onto the REB 1200.
Commercial tools for creating .IMP files
- GEB ebook Librarian $15 www.breeno.org/ebook - Many users think this is great, simple to use. Converts many ebook file types to .IMP and loads ebooks into your REB1200. (Note: If you install this after you have installed SoftBook Personal Publisher, you must re-install SoftBook Personal Publisher.)
- REBLibrarian now freeware"REBlib" local software download 888KB
official website: http://www.ebookstoolbox.com/ is now offline.
Here's the documentation page captured as a PDF from the old website
- Serve a directory on your PC as your booklist,
- Serve 2 directories on your PC as webservers for the "Directory" and the "Bookstore" areas,
- Switch easily between Gemstar and Local servers without having to change the REB configuration,
- Block all Rom Updates from Gemstar, (surf securely on the Gemstar servers)
- Identify your device as a REB. Others will never know that your are using this tool,
- Get book list from another server and merge it your REB,
- Import and convert Rocket Edition files (*.RB) from Rocket ebooks and REB-1100 devices,
- Import and convert text files (*.TXT),
- Import and convert HTML files (*.HTM, *.HTML),
- Import and convert MS-Word files (*.DOC, *.RTF),
- Import and convert OEBFF Containers (*.OEB),
- Import and convert Open ebook Package Files (*.OPF),
- Change the book properties: Authors, Titles and Categories can be changed,
- Fully support the GEB1150, GEB2150, GEB2200, REB1200, Softbook 250E.
Free Tools for creating .IMP files
General E-book conversion tools wiki
Convert files of the following
formats/types to .IMP format:
||.DOC & TXT
||Microsoft Word document
||Microsoft Powerpoint document
||Adobe Acrobat document
||Microsoft Reader ebook
||HTML web pages
||Open Ebook format
||Microsoft Help file
||Palm pilot documents
||Image scan ebook format
These tools all create un-encrypted content that you can share.
If you can get your content into Microsoft Word, then you can edit
it and fix things up, including putting in a table of contents with
clickable links that work on the REB1200.
How to convert content you have in Microsoft
Word or Powerpoint for REB1200:
First you need to convert the .DOC
Word file into a .IMP
There are at least three ways to do this:
1. Book Designer
2. Use Gemstar tools (more complex,
3. Use Softbook Personal Publisher (simple to use)
When you install SoftBook Personal Publisher, it adds a menu item
to Microsoft Word's File menu called "Export as Softbook Edition..."
Now you open your document in Word and simply choose the menu item
"Export as Softbook Edition...". This will create an .IMP
file for you. (Make sure ebooks you create are not encrypted: Open the Preferences dialog and remove the checkmark from "Encrypt Softbook Edition ".)
Now you need to get the .IMP file onto the REB1200. There are 2
to do this:
Note: If you have installed Gemstar Publisher 2.X
you may be unable to get Softbook Personal Publisher to work. It
will run, but will not produce a .IMP file. Gemstar Publisher 2.X
registers its own ActiveX control that will render SoftBook Publisher
inoperative. Read the documentationthat comes with Gemstar Publisher.
Uninstall Gemstar Publisher and reinstall Softbook Publisher
and it will work propertly.
Converting .HTM or .HTML (web pages) files
There are several ways to do this:
1. Book Designer
2. Copy the webpage(s) into Word
This way works best for me, because I can
easily edit and fix up stuff using Word before
- With the Internet Explorer browser showing a web page,
- on the Edit menu, do "select all" (CTRL-A)
- then Copy (CTRL-C).
- Now Edit:paste (CTRL-V) into a document in Microsoft Word.
Do this for all the pages you want in your ebook, pasting each
webpage at the end of the Word document..
If you want to put a whole website (or at least multiple web
pages) into an ebook, you may want to download all the webpages
onto your PC
Even though Internet Explorer can download a complete subset of
a site for offline viewing, it stores the pages in an unconventional
However, there are several tools for downloading pages so that
they are linked properly and stored as normal HTML. They are sometimes
called "spiders" or "Offline browsers". One
popular one is "BlackWidow" (search for it on download.com)
You can simply open them in Word for editing. If you have a bunch
of HTML files that should be in a single book, you probably want
to combine them all into one large HTML file first. Use VHtmlMerger.zip
to do that.
Edit and clean up the Word document. If you use Style Heading 1,2,3,
etc. for chapters or sections, then you can create a clickable table
of contents that includes those headings (see Word help for how
to create a Table of Contents). Now on the File menu do: Export
Softbook Edition... to create the .IMP file.
3. Using the sb2html conversion program
1. Download sb2html.zip [269 KB]
2. unzip it and read the sparse directions (hint: you must create
an .opf file for your html files)
Converting PDF (Adobe Acrobat files)
There are several ways to convert
PDF files to .IMP
1. Book Designer
2. PDFRead the free program PDFRead can convert PDF files to .imp files for both REB1200/1100/1150 and PRS-500. It creates a raster image (.PNG) of each page and an HTML file that indexes and includes all the page images, splitting pages if necessary for legibility.. All the pages are created in landscape mode by default, so you have to read them sideways. On Linux and OSX t does not actually create an .IMP file. You have to use Windows Tools mentioned at the top of this page to convert the resultant HTML and images to an .IMP file. Since the file is composed of images of each page, instead of text, the files are quite large.
PDFRead works on Windows, Linux and OS X. Python source code included.
3. Scanoft PDF Converter The best converter for
PDF I have found is PDF Converter by ScanSoft .
It costs about $50. PDF Converter for Microsoft Word instantly converts PDF files into Microsoft Word documents that look just like the original - complete with all formatting and graphics.
Then you "Export to Softbook Edition" from within Word.
Follow the directions for Word documents
4. ABC Amber PDF Converter ABC Amber PDF Converter is a powerful tool which allows you to convert PDF to any document format (HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, TXT, DOC, DBF, XML, CSV, XLS, MDB, DB, MCW, WPS, SAM, RFT, WS4, WS7, WRI, etc.) easily and quickly. You can export all pages or just selected pages, as plain text or as preview pictures. Download free 30 day demo version: http://www.thebeatlesforever.com/processtext/abcpdf.html
5. pdftohtml Use the free "pdftohtml" program to convert
the PDF file to one huge HTML file and a bunch of image files. This
program is opensource freeware. Get pdftohtml at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdftohtml/
Look under Latest file releases, download the "windows binary".
You just drag and drop a .PDF file onto the icon for pdftohtml.exe
in Windows Explorer to do the conversion.
Now open the resulting .HTML file in Word and edit to fix it up
and then File - Export to Softbook Edition... to create the .IMP
There is a windows user interface for pdftohtml called pdf2htmlgui.
Here are instructions for using that. (I find the drag and drop
method above to be simple enough so that the Windows interface is
not necessary though.)
- Make a work folder on your desktop.
- Add pdf2htmlgui.zip in to it.
- Add pdftohtml_0_35-win32.zip in to it.
- Extract pdftohtml_0_35 to here.
- Extract pdf2htmlgui to here and put the files into the _0_35
- Open _0_35 folder.
- Add a shortcut to MSWord in this folder.(not sure if you need
this in this folder).
- Put the .pdf file you want to change into a .res file in to
- Run the pdf2htmlgui program.
- Type name or pdf file xxxxx.pdf into the .pdf to convert box.
- Type name of html file you want.
- Select convert.
- Select cancel after the html files appear in your folder. You
now have the html files.
- Now you will need to have the save to softbook feature in your
MSWord and just import the html and save as softbook.
Converting Microsoft Reader .LIT
1. Book Designer
2. Here's a program that converts LIT files to IMP: s32lit2sb.exe
Run s32lit2sb.exe. It will ask you questions about installing
itself, choose the options for GEB2150. It will create an icon
on your desktop.
To convert a .LIT file to a .IMP file, simply
drag the icon for your .LIT file onto the LIT2SB icon
on your desktop. A black command window will appear showing text
about what is happening. When that
disappears, a .IMP file with a truncated DOS filename with a
~1 suffix should now be in the same folder as the original .LIT
file. For example, converting a file: "C:\My Documents\My Library\The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.lit" will be result in: "C:\My
If you run LIT2SB and it complains about missing
a DLL, download this: msvc71runtime.zip [808KB]
and put the three DLLs contained in this ZIP archive into your "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\" folder.
(Careful, unzipping may create a new folder, but the 3 DLLs must
be placed directly in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ folder.)
If the black command window appears, but no .LIT
file is produced, you can get LIT2SB to leave the temporary folder
it creates so
you can work with the OPF, HTML and image files that are created
during the conversion process. You do this by creating a blank
the same folder
where LIT2SB is installed (e.g. C:\Program Files\lit2sb) This debug
file signals LIT2SB to leave its work in the temporary folder
folder when LIT2SB is finished. The temporary folder will have
a truncated DOS name with a ~1 suffix, and will be created
in the same folder as the original .LIT file. You can then use HTML2SB to
convert the contents of the temporary folder into a .IMP file (see
HTML instructions), or load it all into Word
Here's some more simple instructions for converting .LIT files: http://www.geocities.com/abelowds/IDIOTS_REB1200.html
Here's another set of simple instructions without
using LIT2SB as of Jan 9, 2004
Tools for converting LIT files to <some generic format such
as HTML> http://www.convertlit.com
Easy to use Windows (GUI) version of ConvertLIT: http://www.hot.ee/dukelupus/ConvertLIT.htm
Converting Rocket Ebook .rb files
Rocket Ebook format .rb files are directly usable on the REB1100.
There arre 3 ways to convert a .rb file to a .imp file for use
on a REB1200:
- Book Designer
- Gemstar's tool RB2Project will convert .rb format to.IMP.
- REBLibrarian will
Import and convert RB format books to the IMP format for uploading
into REB1200 and GEB2150 and GEB1150 models.
- Use rbburst to convert .rb files to HTML
files. Get rbburst for free here: http://rbmake.sourceforge.net/
Then convert the HTML to an .IMP file
Converting OEB files
OEB is a standard based on HTML and XML defined by the Open
has free "REB1200 Publisher" software for converting .OEB to .IMP
can convert .oeb and .opf to .imp or the Gemstar
Publisher can too... or use HTML2SB
Converting Microsoft help CHM files
Open a command line window.
hh -decompile c:\ TARGETPATH c:\ SOURCEPATH \ yourfile .chm
This is the Microsoft HTML Help compiler. It will create .HTM files from the CHM file.
Since it creates a bunch of HTML files, you probably want to combine them all into one large HTML file first. Use VHtmlMerger.zip to do that. Then convert the HTM to .imp as usual.
You can download the HTML Help software here:
- Also another great free utility for decompiling CHM files is: keytools http://www.keyworks.net/keytools.htm
Converting Palm PRC and PDB files
1. Book Designer
2. PRC2TXT is a DOS utility that allows
you to convert PalmPilot PRC and PDB files to regular text. Also
includes the FMT.COM program to format wrap long lines. Convert
.pdb and .prc files into .txt , by typing:
on the command (DOS) prompt. (for win9x, you need to put "longer-than-8-character-filenames-in-quotes").
Note: This program gave an error message on both my win98 &
XP, but you can just ignore the error message.
Open the resulting .txt file in Word and export as Softbook Edition.
Info on decoding Secure Palm Reader format ebooks and technical details on PDB format.
More PDB tools
DJVU is the standard format for distributing ebooks that are scanned immages of the pages. Here's info on the DJVU format.
A program called PDFRead can convert DJVU files (as well as PDF files) to .imp files for both REB1200/1100/1150 and PRS-500. It creates a raster image (.PNG) of each page and an HTML file that indexes and includes all the page images, splitting pages if necessary for legibility. All the pages are created in landscape mode by default, so you have to read them sideways. On Linux and OSX it does not actually create an .IMP file. You have to use Tools on Windows to convert the resultant HTML and images to an .IMP file
PDFRead works on Windows, Linux and OS X. Includes source code in Python.