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Old 09-11-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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Creating MOBI rather than PRC

Hi all, I have MobiPocket Creator and I've used it to make prc files. Someone has specifically requested a mobi file, though, and I haven't been able to figure out how to make mobi files instead. I'm guessing this can't be too difficult, but I don't know how.

Can you help? Thanks in advance
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:57 AM   #2
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If you are using Calibre also, under the "convert" button you can easily set the "input" to .prc and the "output" to .mobi.........

I can't answer about mobipocket.....
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:57 AM   #3
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If somebody asks for a mobi specifically, just rename the extension to mobi. Yep, that's it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:57 AM   #4
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I think all you have to do is change the file extension from PRC to MOBI.

I know I've done the reverse - taken MOBI files created by Calibre and changed them to PRC for my old Cybook reader. They worked just fine.
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It would be interesting to know why someone wanted something in Mobi format rather than PRC, but taking your question at face value, Calibre will convert a PRC file to Mobi very easily.

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:21 AM   #6
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Doesn't the Kindle require a MOBI extension?
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Doesn't the Kindle require a MOBI extension?
No, it'll accept both PRC and Mobi formats.

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That's good to know...thanks!
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:02 AM   #9
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It's probably not totally needed, but Scott Nicholson requested a mobi version for his ebook giveaway. I guess I probably shouldn't worry about it then. I wasn't sure if maybe mobi did something for certain devices that prc didn't.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:24 AM   #10
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You need to be careful when talking about "PRC" files. A PRC file is simply a container format (a little like a ZIP file is, say) and can contain any type of data at all. A PRC file can contain a Mobipocket book, but it could also contain any other type of data whatsoever.

However, if a PRC file does contain a Mobipocket book then you can simply rename it to have a ".mobi" extension with no change whatsoever in its functionality.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:03 AM   #11
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You need to be careful when talking about "PRC" files. A PRC file is simply a container format (a little like a ZIP file is, say) and can contain any type of data at all. A PRC file can contain a Mobipocket book, but it could also contain any other type of data whatsoever.

However, if a PRC file does contain a Mobipocket book then you can simply rename it to have a ".mobi" extension with no change whatsoever in its functionality.
Excellent. I didn't know that about prc files.
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If the PRC books you're wanting to create have TOCs, one advantage to using Calibre to convert to Mobi is it will provide chapter dots on the Kindle's progress bar, which will enable you to easily move from chapter to chapter. Very handy for non-fiction, but I use it to convert long sci-fi novels to let me skip yet another battle.

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Old 09-11-2010, 05:26 PM   #13
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Hm, interesting Jim.

I tried today to just rename the .prc file as a .mobi file, but then when I uploaded it to my actual Kindle, it didn't show the file as one of my ebooks. Any ideas why?
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Hi!
As I ask in this post http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=77 Is it possible to get "chaptermarks" in a .prc file?

I get them by converting, the generated .prc in Mobipocket Creator, into .mobi in Calibre.

But is there any html tag to do this in .prc?
Thanks in advance for your answers.

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But is there any html tag to do this in .prc?
If you add an ePub-like toc.ncx to the input ebook, MobiPocket Creator will add waypoints to its output MOBI. The toc.ncx must not have nested entries though.
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