Recursive script to find all epubs in the current dir and subs, then convert to mobi using calibre's ebook-convert utility

find $PWD -type d | while read "D"; do cd "$D"; for filename in *.epub;do ebook-convert "$filename" "${filename%.epub}.mobi" --prefer-author-sort --output-profile=kindle --linearize-tables --smarten-punctuation --asciiize;done ;done
finds all epub files in the current directory and all child directories and converts them to .mobi format. all of the ebook-convert -options are optional; the only parameters you are required to pass are the incoming file and the outgoing file, with the extension. Has been tested on Ubuntu 10.10

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Wouldn't it be better to put this in parentheses, so that it doesn't change the user-level working directory?
SamB · 577 weeks and 6 days ago
Why not find . -name *.epub -exec .... ?
joedhon · 577 weeks and 6 days ago
jodehon: Try writing that command with the pattern substitution he's using. It isn't as easy as it looks. SamB: Parens would be good, yes.
kaedenn · 577 weeks and 6 days ago
find . -name '*.epub' -exec sh -c 'a={}; ebook-convert $a ${a%.epub}.mobi' \; plus the optional parameters. And it wasn't als easy as it looked. xargs and escaping just didn't do the trick...
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seofox · 14 weeks and 6 days ago
seofox · 14 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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