Portable DH at MLA 2014

Why, yes, I should be finishing up my paper for MLA, and, yes, I got carried away with the simple task of making an ebook version of [Mark Sample’s incredibly generous compilation of all the digital humanities sessions at this year’s MLA meeting in Chicago][dh] … which starts tomorrow.

What I wanted was something more portable than the paper program, something that would fit on my iPhone or my Kindle, and so I came up with these three documents that you can feel free to load onto any/all of your devices:

First, there is the [EPUB][] version.

Next, there is, for those Kindle users out there, the [MOBI][] version. (I uploaded to my Kindle using the e-mail protocol, `username@kindle.com`, and it worked fine. The file looks good. I also downloaded it to the Kindle software on my iPhone: the pages start kinda low, which makes many of the sessions two pages. Sorry, but I’m still a noob when it comes to the niceties of EPUB formatting.)

I submitted the MOBI version as soon as possible to Amazon this morning, and so if you have any difficulties getting this uploaded yourself, check back here later Tuesday or Wednesday morning for the Amazon link. (It looks like, for now, it will have to be priced at 99¢ — Amazon doesn’t like free unless you go through a lengthy process of uploading elsewhere for free and then making them price match it. Believe me, I looked into it. My promise is to turn any money I see over to the ACH as a donation.)

**Now available on [Amazon][].**

There is always the trusty [PDF][] version.

Finally, if you are interested in how I did this: I copied and pasted the HTML from Mark’s site into a [Scrivener document][], and then I split the file, using CMD + K, until every session had its own document. I added folders for the relevant days as I went, and then I spent about half an hour playing with Scrivener’s export / compile options until I got something that seemed reasonably useful.

By the way, for those of you using WordPress, making EPUB and MOBI files available is a bit of a trick: the built-in uploader does not want to accept them. In order to get it to work, you need to add something like this to your `functions.php` file in your theme’s directory:

function custom_myme_types($mime_types){

//Adding avi extension
$mime_types[‘avi’] = ‘video/avi’;
$mime_types[‘mobi’] = ‘application/x-mobipocket-ebook’;
$mime_types[‘epub’] = ‘application/epub+zip’;

//Removing the pdf extension
// unset($mime_types[‘pdf’]);

return $mime_types;

add_filter(‘upload_mimes’, ‘custom_myme_types’, 1, 1);

I simply added this to the very end of the file, and it worked just fine. For more information, see [this thread on StackExchange][se].

I hope it is. I’m done now. Back to the paper!

[dh]: http://www.samplereality.com/2013/09/19/digital-humanities-at-mla-2014/
[EPUB]: http://media.johnlaudun.org/wordpress/media/2014/01/DH-MLA-2014.epub
[MOBI]: http://media.johnlaudun.org/wordpress/media/2014/01/DH-MLA-2014.mobi
[Amazon]: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HRGWE7W
[PDF]: http://media.johnlaudun.org/wordpress/media/2014/01/DH-MLA-2014.pdf
[Scrivener document]: http://media.johnlaudun.org/wordpress/media/2014/01/DH-MLA-2014.scriv_.zip
[se]: http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/42669/how-to-upload-and-allow-downloads-of-mobi-and-epub-formats

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