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Is there still a way to save pages for offline reading?
1. Glowing computer screens are hard to read, so I want to transfer stories, articles, etc. to epub or mobi so I can read them on my Iriver or Kindle.
2. Many stories, articles, etc. are impossible to read in default view. In Firefox I can switch to reader view.
2A. And some non-reader-view layouts defeat html-to-epub conversion tools such as EpubPress. For example, making text unreadably small, splitting lines, and not including
tags users can delete to un-split lines.
2B. But reader view is incompatible with Firefox's own save and with html-to-epub conversion tools in Firefox Quantum.
3. And there's Pocket, but Pocket doesn't work either.
Is there still a way to save files for offline reading on another device...?
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Hi, do not think so. What is wrong with pocket ? https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/save-web-pages-later-pocket-firefox
There is "Send Link to device" in the right-click context menu of a tab. You would still have to use builtin means on that device to format the page for comfortable reading, but you do at least have the links.
Best way to save pages for reading offline would be to save the page as a screenshot, but that may not work for pages opened in reader view because that is an about URL (about:reader). In a lot of cases it might be sufficient to disable the colors on the page, possibly via an extension, if there isn't moving content on the page. I would probably use the builtin developer tools to remove unwanted content (right-click and select remove node in the left pane in the Inspector) and then take a full screen screenshot of the resulting page. With page I visit often I would use userContent.css to hide unwanted content using the Inspector to find the ID or class name of specific items. Reader view is most of the time not available or removes too much.
I don't think either device can open a link.
I don't think Web Extensions can work on about:reader pages either.
I need to switch fonts, which I've set Firefox to do in user css, remove animation, remove position: sticky and position: fixed elements, fix layouts, etc.
To send pages you save to Pocket to a non-Android Kindle, such as the Paperwhite, you would need to use an intermediary. See: https://help.getpocket.com/article/1127-using-pocket-on-kindle-devices
Please, Pocket does not solve my problem.
I use Calibre. I tried Pocket and the recipes to integrate Pocxket with Calibre. I tried save articles and stories to Pocket-- and then Pocket would decide it couldn't classify them so it wouldn't let Calibre access them.
If you have access to Acrobat Pro 11 or higher this is the best way to use this plugin/Software to create a pdf of the page and read it offline and to click on the links will work better.