Strange Horizons ebook issue generator

Attentive readers may notice I’ve been on a bit of an ebook kick recently. Here’s a tool I made to generate ebook issues of Strange Horizons, an SF magazine:

Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. Calibre is a free and open source ebook library management application.

Calibre has an extensible system “for downloading news from the Internet and converting it into an ebook.” The scripts Calibre uses to retrieve and format news are known as recipes. Recipes can be configured as simple RSS readers or as custom Python scripts using Calibre’s recipe API.

Strange Horizons is published online as a web site. This Calibre recipe retrieves the current issue of Strange Horizons and outputs an ebook suitable for reading on a Kindle or other ereader device.

The script and other details, including installation and usage notes, are available on GitHub. It is included with Calibre since Calibre version 0.8.38.

Update, March 4, 2012: This script has been acknowledged on the Strange Horizons blog.

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012. Tags: , , .