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Old 12-31-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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So I keep playing with the idea of having a script automatically update a facebook or twitter status with the progress of a book being read...

I've been digging through the logs on the kindle and this is what I've found so far:
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cat /var/log/messages |grep INFO
101231:170557 cvm[13183]: I Reader:BOOK INFO:book asin=B001B5VPXY,file size=103256,file last mod date=2010-09-22 17.57.10 -0700,content type=ebook,length=MobiPosition_ 115814,access=2010-12-31 16.24.08 -0700,last read position=MobiPosition_ 115179,isEncrypted=false,isSample=false,isNew=false,isTTSMetdataPresent=false,isTTSMetadataAllowed=true,fileExtn=azw:
It shows the progress of the book I'm reading. It's easy to find the percentage of it by taking (last read position/length). The only thing I have a problem with is that some of the books on my kindle are mobi files that I didn't download from Amazon. So obviously they aren't going to have the asin= variable in there.

Take for instance Catcher in the Rye (which isn't available for Kindle, but I don't feel bad about having an ebook of it since I have a paperback copy):
Code:
101231:171058 cvm[13183]: I Reader:BOOK INFO:book asin=unknown,file size=343348,file last mod date=2010-10-01 00.24.46 -0700,content type=ebook,length=MobiPosition_ 488220,access=2010-12-31 17.05.54 -0700,last read position=MobiPosition_ 265449,isEncrypted=false,isSample=false,isNew=false,isTTSMetdataPresent=false,isTTSMetadataAllowed=true,fileExtn=mobi:
Now it won't send my progress to amazon (even if I have the same file on my MBP for instance, I have to find my progress everytime I read on my Kindle and vice versa). So my question is this... If I was able to put an asin number into the meta info of the mobi file (would be B000JDXJ4C for Catcher in the Rye), do you think it would sync between my devices or not?

I'm guessing not, but I had to ask.
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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If I was able to put an asin number into the meta info of the mobi file (would be B000JDXJ4C for Catcher in the Rye), do you think it would sync between my devices or not?

I'm guessing not, but I had to ask.
If it's not an an ebook asin, I just don't know, but it's worth a shot.
I know syncing works (furthest page read only) for non-amazon ebooks that amazon happens to sell (if you tweak a couple of EXTH records).
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kind...-Amazon_eBooks
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:37 PM   #3
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That's amazing... Too bad I have a mac haha. Time to fire up VirtualBox
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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So I was able to change the ASIN number through that program. It reflected on the kindle properly:
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[root@kindle root]# cat /var/log/messages |grep INFO
101231:221447 cvm[3421]: I Reader:BOOK INFO:book asin=B000JDXJ4C,file size=343380,file last mod date=2010-12-31 15.05.34 -0700,content type=ebook,length=MobiPosition_ 488220,access=2010-12-31 22.12.01 -0700,last read position=MobiPosition_ 265406,isEncrypted=false,isSample=false,isNew=false,isTTSMetdataPresent=false,isTTSMetadataAllowed=true,fileExtn=mobi:
Didn't sync to the computer though. Must be because it's not in the Kindle store. I wonder what would happen if I started just giving it random numbers of books that are in the store...
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:24 AM   #5
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Nope, I lied... It actually worked. I had to just put the updated mobi file in the My Kindle Content Folder instead of just trying to open it.

So apparently it doesn't have to be an ASID number in the Kindle Store to work!
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:35 PM   #6
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I promise this will be the last time I talk to myself, but I did it with another classic not in the Kindle Store: To Kill a Mockingbird. I just gave it the ASID number found on amazon.com under books and it syncs like a champ now.
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I'm beginning to suspect that you could insert the asin number of a toaster that Amazon sells and it would still work.
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:01 PM   #8
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If I get a chance today I'll give it a shot
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:18 PM   #9
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So it looks like you both are saying as long as some kind of ASIN number is inserted into the metadata, the book will sync? This gets more exciting by the day!
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I've only tried legit amazon ASIN numbers, but both have worked great!
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So it looks like you both are saying as long as some kind of ASIN number is inserted into the metadata, the book will sync? This gets more exciting by the day!
It's looking that way. m0ngr31 has used the ASIN of physical books (non-Kindle) that Amazon sells and is still able to sync between devices. I haven't tried it yet.
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I promise this will be the last time I talk to myself, but I did it with another classic not in the Kindle Store: To Kill a Mockingbird. I just gave it the ASID number found on amazon.com under books and it syncs like a champ now.
Where did you find a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in ebook format. I just bought the physical book cause I couldn't find it in ebook form. Would love to be able to read it on my Kindle.

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It's looking that way. m0ngr31 has used the ASIN of physical books (non-Kindle) that Amazon sells and is still able to sync between devices. I haven't tried it yet.
I think I have the perfect test book. I got a freebie from B&N but it is only sold as a pbook on Amazon. I'll give it a try.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:11 PM   #15
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Big old honkin' karma to you mongr31! I tried using an ASIN of a book version and it works! I'm going to post the results in the "Sideloading and Whispersync" thread in a few minutes.

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