The fourteenth book of Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou) by Isuna Hasekura in EPUB and MOBI format.
I have a confession. I usually haven’t read the volumes that I released by the time I made them available. The pattern was: finished the conversion, made it available, then I would find time to read it later. As a result, there were so many obvious mistakes. This volume 14 is the first volume that I started reading before I make it available, albeit not finished (yet). As per today, I have read around 30% of this book and have fixed conversion mistakes up to the point of my latest read. Obviously there will be minor fixes when I finish reading this volume in the next few days.
Fair warning : please respect the writer’s work. If you like this light novel and it is available to purchase legally in your country, please buy a legal copy of the book.
As I explained when I first started this conversion project, I decided to do my own version of Spice and Wolf in EPUB format (then added MOBI format). The process of converting PDF to EPUB is not as simple as clicking a button. Yes there are all-purpose converters like Calibre. The PDF that I got is actually image files attached together as PDF. When Calibre “converts” the PDF to EPUB, it does not detect the text inside the pages’ image files and treated the file like a comic book. The conversion result is not something nice to read in any mobile reader. So, there is only once option left: to do manual work, hours of work just for one book. But the result is good and worth it.
Why in EPUB format? I prefer EPUB format for my e-books because it’s more comfortable to read in smartphones, e-readers and tablets. EPUB is widely supported by various brands. You can open EPUB books in Nook reader, Kobo reader, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android smartphone or Android tablet. It will automatically adjust to whatever screen size you have. Plus giving us the ability to change the font size, to get the best reading experience. The MOBI format (for Kindle readers) is derived from EPUB version with minor adjustments.
By “manual work”, I don’t mean that I have to re-type the entire thing. No, that’s not what I did. It would take forever and I won’t have time (or patience) to do that. What I did is using a software to convert the entire text from the image files, have it extracted as plain text, then start doing “manual” editing to remove page numbers, hyphenation issues (thousands of them), quotes, and some conversion and formatting errors. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to books I like, so I want the best possible EPUB and MOBI files created.
Since I was doing manual editing, I need to check the words and sentences manually. So please let me know if I missed something. Thank you.