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    Oh neat, someone else’s blog that’s just text files!

    On topic, I think I’d greatly prefer a lil’ app or script that can take Markdown and make that an epub, rather than messing around with xml.

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      With pandoc you can do:

      pandoc input.md -o output.epub
      

      The default result is good enough, but you could check out other templates and customize to your needs.

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        Oh neat, thanks!

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        I’m working on a 100% client-side webapp that does exactly that. It will be ready for general usage next week, but there is a a post I made a couple days ago with a video of it working. You just drag & drop a folder with markdown files, and it outputs both an ePub3 and a static website. No tracking, no data transmission to a server after the initial load.

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          Wow, that looks great. Nice work! I’ll keep an eye out.

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            Thanks for the kind words. I plan to do a blog post soon. I just need to finish some bits and it will be ready for general use. I’ve been publishing books for some years now, then I did what everyone who is wise advise you to never do: “build your own tools and procrastinate instead of writing the book you should be writing”.

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          Oh neat, someone else’s blog that’s just text files!

          Works best for transmitting long lived textual information ☺

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            I disagree. A little bit of formatting works wonders. For example you are hard wrapping, which makes it very hard to read on mobile because it gets re-wrapped. Some headers can really go a long way. And clickable links are very useful. I agree that many - maybe most - blogs these days have way more junk than they need. But a little bit of formatting goes a long way to improve readability.

            For comparison, my blog, wich may not quite qualify as minimal I find much more readable: https://kevincox.ca/posts/

            A similar sugumnent is found at: http://bettermotherfuckingwebsite.com/

            And I don’t think HTML is going anywhere soon. Maybe browsers are, along with JS and CSS. But both of the linked sites will be able to be read for effectively all time. Even if HTML isn’t around anymore you could probably extract the content with an hours worth of regexes.

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              I agree, here’s my blog: https://blog.webb.page