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kjpus
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Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

I just got a nook yesterday and love it.


But, there was one disappointment. I loaded some books (epub format) in Chinese and Japanese to the kindle. Some of them are converted from txt/html to epub by Calibre; Some are downloaded from Project Guttenberg; Some are PDFs generated by MS word. The only thing that works is PDF with embedded fonts. All the epubs only show question marks. Is there a way to make nook display Chinese/Japanese epub books properly? Nook displays all of the book titles correctly, which makes me believe the OS is capable of the other languages and fonts for these languages are available.

 

 

Nallia
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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

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According to page 36 of the NOOK User Guide, the NOOK supports fonts with Latin character sets.  Other font types can only be viewed if they are embedded in the document.

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kjpus
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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Thanks for the info. It is a pity that nook doesn't support more languages out of the box.

 

However, there seems to be a workaround. Best part - it acutally works.

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mystikiel
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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Kjpus, you little ripper, that workaround actually does work.

 

I recommend using this java-based css editor that an enterprising person has created on this thread:-

 

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70600

 

I just opened the pub, pasted the css data that kjpus linked to, and bobs your uncle.

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mystikiel
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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Just a few pointers for anyone who might be trying to create epubs in Japanese.

 

The Japanese txt file needs to be encoded in EUC, not Shift-JIS or elsewise. You can do this in Word by opening the text, and then trying to save as either text or encoded text, Word will offer you the option of saving in EUC.

 

Make sure you have removed line breaks so the text will flow properly. There are programs that offer this, I used a website that removes line breaks from text.

 

If you are using Calibre to convert the text, you should save your txt file as a HTML (again using Word) as that produces the best results.

 

Once you have converted from HTML to epub, you can edit the css as described above. Once done It should open and flow nicely on your nook.

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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Also, make sure you completely delete the existing info in the css, and replace it exactly with the alternative that exists at the site kjpus linked to, including the extra bracket that appears after the other gobbledygook.

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mystikiel
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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

One further thing...

 

japanese paperbacks are pretty small. So what you can do is just get raw scans (jpegs) of them and compile them into a rar file. Simply rename the rar to a cbr file and convert in calibre as you would for a comic book. Works quite well.

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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

The workaround works. Many thanks. PLEASE remember to check the "Publisher Defaults" under fonts setting. If you don't, it would appear that workaround does not do a thing.

 

I replaced the style*.ccs file embedded in epub files with the workaround. Thanks. I finished two Chinese ebooks by now.

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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Sorry. I still have problem. I was using below in extra CSS:

 

<@font-face {

font-family: "Arial", "SimSun", "Times New Roman", "MingLiU", "PMingLiU", "Cambria", "Consolas", "DroidFont", serif, sans-serif;

font-weight: normal;

font-style: normal;

src: url('res:///system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf');

}

@font-face {

font-family: "Arial", "SimSun", "Times New Roman", "MingLiU", "PMingLiU", "Cambria", "Consolas", "DroidFont", serif, sans-serif;

font-weight: bold;

font-style: normal;

src: url('res:///system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf');

}

@font-face {

font-family: "Arial", "SimSun", "Times New Roman", "MingLiU", "PMingLiU", "Cambria", "Consolas", "DroidFont", serif, sans-serif;

font-weight: normal;

font-style: italic;

src: url('res:///system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf');

}

@font-face {

font-family: "Arial", "SimSun", "Times New Roman", "MingLiU", "PMingLiU", "Cambria", "Consolas", "DroidFont", serif, sans-serif;

font-weight: bold;

font-style: italic;

src: url('res:///system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf');

}

 

But I don't find anywhere which I can setup the publish default.

 

Could someone please help?

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Re: Does Nook support Chinese/Japanese?

Nevermind. I got it.

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