A slightly older version currently resides in my distro's repo's however Sigil is a great WYSIWYG ebook editor/word processor.

February is off to a great ebook start and I expect there will be many people still enjoying the benefits of a Linux powered ebook reader (or indeed tablet) from Xmas.  It’s easy to see that it won’t be long before epub (and dare I say it .mobi) will find themselves in the same place .mp3 or .ogg do today.  – I wonder, how much life left in the space consuming book shelves found in high-street stores?

With that in mind and for the many people who have already jumped from dead tree to digital literature will have found that whilst Calibre[1] is very good for converting between formats (providing the evil DRM is absent from your chosen file – but there’s a way around that too!) there seems to be a lack of utilities/software for editing or creating your own on the fly.

On 5th February the Sigil team release 0.5.1, a mainly bug fix version was released.  From the developer:

This is primarily a maintenance release with a large number of fixes. Find and replace (F&R), GUI tweaks and spell check were the major focus. Highlights include: F&R now supports wrapping and the ability to search within selected files. The GUI now (hopefully) remembers cursor position when switching views. en_GB dictionary was added, all dictionaires were updated and hyphenation dictionaries are now included by default.

The list of fixes in the changelog are to be found here: http://code.google.com/p/sigil/source/browse/ChangeLog.txt?name=0.5.1

A great project to check out and especially useful if you’ve just ran a book through an OCR and found there are numerous misidentifications in the text.

The project homepage can be found here:: http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ and its released under a Creative Commons 3 license.

You’ll probably find Sigil in your repo’s – although since 0.5.1 has been released in the last few days, you may be running an older series.

[1] Calibre is an excellent cateloging package for your ebooks, it also allows you to convert between formats.  PDF as mobi? No problems.  The Calibre homepage can be found here: http://calibre-ebook.com/

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