Is there a package in the repositories (other than Calibre) that could be used to take an RSS feed and convert the entries into an ebook for reading?

Calibre seems a bit too bulky to use to simply grab a single feed and spit out the entries as perhaps an epub.

Calibre has a manual section for grabbing RSS feeds but I am not too keen on fiddling with Python.

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    Are you and Jorge open to having a python script do it? I might hack something together if you will.
    – mreq
    Jan 13, 2014 at 15:51
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    Please don't cross post: ebooks.stackexchange.com/q/551
    – Seth
    Jan 14, 2014 at 21:33
  • is it acceptable for you to use non repository software?if so i know one,probably. Jan 18, 2014 at 8:55
  • @Seth Similar questions, very different focus points. Jan 18, 2014 at 14:33
  • @StephenMichaelKellat I don't see the "very different" content. What's added or subtracted in this question versus that?
    – belacqua
    Apr 24, 2014 at 23:40

2 Answers 2


You can extract xml to text with just bash and wget.


# Setup
LINES=20 #max number of lines
EXEC="wget -q -O temp.temp"

# Start
cat temp.temp | grep title |\

# use sed loop to delete all LFs bar last line
sed ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/ /g' |\

#replace all titles and descriptions with LFs
sed -e 's/<title>/\n\n/g' |\
sed -e 's/<description>/\n/g' |\

# uncook
sed -e 's/&lt;/</g' |\
sed -e 's/&gt;/>/g' |\
sed -e 's/nbsp;/ /g' |\
sed -e 's/&amp;/+/g' |\

#delete URLs
sed -e 's/http.[^<]*//g' |\

#replace other angled brackets with space
sed -e 's/<[^>]*>/ /g' |\

head -n $(($LINES + 2)) |\
tail -n $(($LINES))

Not software but I have used http://newstoebook.com/ and was impressed with how well it worked.

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