Hot issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I include all or part of the source code for Convert LIT in my own program?
A: You can, but you must remember that it is licensed under the
GNU General Public License, which places certain conditions on what you can and can't do with the code.

Q: How do I use Convert LIT? I tried double clicking it, but all that happened was that a Command Prompt or MS-DOS Prompt window popped up for a few seconds and then disappeared.
A: You need to load a Command Prompt or MS-DOS prompt window and run it from there. Running it with no parameters will give you some information on its usage.

Q: I've never used the Command Prompt/MS-DOS Prompt before, how do I run it from there?
A: Under Windows 98:

Under Windows 2000/XP:
  • Click Start.
  • Click Programs (All Programs if you are using Windows XP).
  • Click Accessories.
  • Click Command Prompt.
  • If you extracted Convert Lit to your "My Documents" folder then you would type:
    cd "\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents"
    where username should be replaced by the user name you have used to log on to Windows.
  • Type:
Q: How do I use the program to convert to HTML or text format? When I run it with no parameters it only mentions something called OEBPS.
A: OEBPS refers to the
Open eBook specification. There are several programs which can read Open eBook format, including the Opera web browser.

Q: I tried to convert a foreign language dictionary or eBook, but it either came up with an error or didn't work properly.
A: This is a known issue with Convert LIT.

Q: I sent you an email but got no reply.
A: You should check the following things:

  • Are you using the new email address of drs@convertlit.com? Emails to the old address will likely either be ignored or be answered with our EUCD compliance notice, starting October 31st.
  • Did you turn off HTML email? If you're using Outlook Express, check the Send tab in Options. Make sure it is set to "Plain Text".
  • If you're reporting a bug or problem with Convert LIT, you should make sure to include as much information as you can - for example, what other programs were running at the time, the command you used with Convert LIT, what version of Microsoft Reader you have installed, what eBook you were trying to convert, what version of Windows you are using, and so on. If you believe it may be of help, you can also send a screenshot, but you should make sure that you either save it in JPEG format or compress it in some other way, otherwise it will turn out quite large and it will be difficult to send by email.
Q: I want to send you some information or files, but I'm concerned about security. Do you have a PGP key?
A: Yes! You can download our current PGP public key
here - it's possible that this may change in the future to reflect our new email address.

Q: I'm running the latest version of Reader and Convert LIT, my Reader has been properly activated, and the eBook I'm trying to convert was purchased on this system, but when I use Convert LIT it just freezes or stops working. I'm using Windows 98.
A: This older problem with Convert Lit 1.5 should be addressed in version 1.8. For historical reasons, I still provide this link to
an older version of Convert LIT.