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Builds epub book out of Paul Graham's essays.
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
Builds epub book out of Paul Graham's essays:
Author: Ola Sitarska <>
Copyright: Licensed under the GPL-3 (
This script requires python-epub-library:
import re, ez_epub, urllib2, genshi
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
def addSection(link, title):
if not 'http' in link:
page = urllib2.urlopen(''+link).read()
soup = BeautifulSoup(page)
page = urllib2.urlopen(link).read()
section = ez_epub.Section()
section.title = title
print section.title
if not 'http' in link:
font = str(soup.findAll('table', {'width':'455'})[0].findAll('font')[0])
if not 'Get funded by' in font and not 'Watch how this essay was' in font and not 'Like to build things?' in font and not len(font)<100:
content = font
content = ''
for par in soup.findAll('table', {'width':'455'})[0].findAll('p'):
content += str(par)
for p in content.split("<br /><br />"):
#exception for Subject: Airbnb
for pre in soup.findAll('pre'):
for p in str(page).replace("\n","<br />").split("<br /><br />"):
return section
book = ez_epub.Book()
book.title = "Paul Graham's Essays"
book.authors = ['Paul Graham']
page = urllib2.urlopen('').read()
soup = BeautifulSoup(page)
links = soup.findAll('table', {'width': '455'})[1].findAll('a')
sections = []
for link in links:
sections.append(addSection(link['href'], link.text))
book.sections = sections

I'm getting an error about an invalid java call, I suppose the "['java', '-jar', checkerPath, epubPath], shell = True)" in I have java installed. Details: java version "1.6.0_24"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.11.5) (6b24-1.11.5-0ubuntu1~10.04.2)
OpenJDK Client VM (build 20.0-b12, mixed mode, sharing)

Any ideas?


On iPhone 5, I get "This page contains the following errors: error on line 13 at column 7: Opening and ending tag mismatch: font line 0 and p" this error when I open the generated epub file in iBooks


What deps does this have?


Quick fix - it should be width 435 now.


One should change '455' to '435' at lines 28, 33 and 59 for this code to work.

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