I read. I read a lot. I do not necessarily read as fast as the folks that can power through a book in a weekend, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of it nonetheless. Part of this reading occurs during my daily commute.
Recently, I managed to grab a copy of the WikiLeaks cablegate archive. It’s pretty easy if you know where to look and know how to operate BitTorrent. I wanted to read the cables in the mornings, but ran into a few snags. When downloading a mirror of the cables, you get a whole bunch of HTML files that are formatted for a desktop browser. I do most of my reading on the iPhone and only occasionally switch to the iPad (if I’m not juggling a travel mug, messenger bag, and transit pass). It was easy enough to load the zip into GoodReader, extract the raw HTML, and browse it within that app, but it really wasn’t a good reading experience on the small screen due to formatting.
What I really wanted was something I could load into iBooks. I wanted something I could bookmark, underline, and search that was nicely formatted and word-wrapped for the screen. I wanted WikiLeaks as an ePub file. That’s where this project comes in.