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TadW
11-19-2007, 10:44 AM
From here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=sv_kinc_6/102-9684249-6908165?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200127470

tirsales
11-19-2007, 10:48 AM
Oh well, some of the questions have been answeared:
It supports only unencrypted Mobi-Files, and Kindle-Files are a special format.

But you can get your own files on it via SD or USB.

• Kindle (.AZW)
• Text (.TXT)
• Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
• Audible (.AA)
• MP3 (.MP3)
Tip: Mobipocket files must have no Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection
applied to be readable on your Kindle. If you purchased a Mobipocket file from a
Mobipocket retailer, you will not be able to open the file on your Kindle.

vivaldirules
11-19-2007, 10:53 AM
This is consistent with the fact that I saw no changes or announcements at all on the Mobipocket web site. So content bought for the Kindle is in a new Kindle (.AZW) format that can't be read on anything but a Kindle. Bummer. :(

UncleDuke
11-19-2007, 10:54 AM
now just how close are those kindle files to mobipocket files, i think very close

wallcraft
11-19-2007, 10:59 AM
This means the ONLY way purchase e-books for the Kindle is via Amazon (or via LIT to ConvertLIT to mobigen.exe). This is an incredibly shortsighted approach, since they clearly could have allowed DRMed MOBI e-books (they own MobiPocket after all).

On the bright side, perhaps this will push some publishers into the DRM-free camp.

tribble
11-19-2007, 11:02 AM
What a bold approach. Buy mobipocket, sell all their content, but lock any mobipocket retailer out of the Kindle. But i guess with Amazons market power they couldnt care less.

TallMomof2
11-19-2007, 11:06 AM
I've purchased numerous unprotected Mobipocket books and they should work on the Kindle. I've read them on other unregistered devices. I'm really disappointed that the Kindle introduces yet another proprietary format.

igorsk
11-19-2007, 11:19 AM
It's not actually another format. It's mobi, but as far as I can guess, it just uses Amazon's DRM servers instead of Mobipocket's. And probably another way of generating PIDs. Maybe another encryption algorithm, though I kinda doubt it.

azog
11-19-2007, 11:21 AM
This needs to be stickied!

irright
11-19-2007, 12:20 PM
I am not seeing anything about pdf capabilities. Can that be?

jasonkchapman
11-19-2007, 12:30 PM
It supports only unencrypted Mobi-Files, and Kindle-Files are a special format.

I predicted this would be the case. That way it has no impact on existing contracts with Mobipocket e-booksellers. Amazon is technically not competing with Mobipocket's dealer network.

NatCh
11-19-2007, 01:48 PM
igorsk pointed out in another thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=116665#post116665) that the AZW files are mobi files with a different extension. He has a sample file there that you can try it with for yourself. :nice:

tirsales
11-19-2007, 03:32 PM
I am not seeing anything about pdf capabilities. Can that be?

Yes, apparently there is no PDF support.

NatCh
11-19-2007, 03:36 PM
Perhaps they actually realized how ill-suited PDF is for e-books and decided not to bother?

tirsales
11-19-2007, 04:04 PM
However ill-suited PDF might be - there is too many content available in PDF to simply ignore it.
It might be okay for an "only fiction"-reader - but even them would benefit from PDF - but it is hilarious for a tec or business user.

DaleDe
11-19-2007, 04:20 PM
However ill-suited PDF might be - there is too many content available in PDF to simply ignore it.
It might be okay for an "only fiction"-reader - but even them would benefit from PDF - but it is hilarious for a tec or business user.

Convert PDF using the MobiPocket PC version and then Kindle can read it. It is a free download.

Dale

nelliesorvig
01-22-2009, 03:15 PM
is there any other utility besides MobiPocket PC? It does not work for me

desertgrandma
01-22-2009, 03:19 PM
is there any other utility besides MobiPocket PC? It does not work for me

nelliesorvig, come to the 'introduce yourself' page, tell us a little about yourself and what you are looking for.

I promise you'll get more help than you can use!

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=49

kevindorsey
03-04-2009, 06:16 PM
Funny, but I got an unofficial manual I guess from one of the developers and it served me well.

sirbruce
03-05-2009, 08:34 AM
is there any other utility besides MobiPocket PC? It does not work for me

You're probably using it wrong. But Calibre is even easier to use:

http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/

pagansoul
03-31-2009, 01:47 PM
Kindle 2

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

pboss
04-29-2009, 03:10 AM
The good news is that Calibre works on Macs and Linux, too.

kevindorsey
02-02-2010, 02:16 PM
The good news is that Calibre works on Macs and Linux, too.

Well, that is good news, especially if I get brave enough and get rid of Windows(Windows 7 isn't instilling a lot of confidence in me)

cheerio6414
04-25-2010, 07:58 PM
I love windows 7, just not the starter edition

bookoffers
07-13-2010, 04:31 AM
I still using adobe for converting PDF.