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Old 02-01-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Converting epub to mobi

I'm thinking of getting the Kindle 3 but, my concern is with the conversion of Epub to Mobi using Calibre. Does it convert properly? Has anyone had any conversion problems I should be aware of? If so then I would go probably go with the Kobo wifi as there seems to be more epub books avaialble.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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Generally speaking conversion works pretty well. The issue is that epub uses current html standards, while mobi is using a bastardized version of html 3.2. This means that there could be things in the epub that don't convert well to mobi.

The most common issue is margins - Mobi doesn't really support them except through nesting blockquotes, and the Kindle handles this more poorly than pre-Kindle generation mobi renderers. What that means is for a lot of epubs you need to disable margins completely (a Calibre option on mobi output), and indented blocks of text will probably become un-indented if they just used margins/padding. I've generally switched to using blockquotes in my epubs in case someone converts it to mobi down the road, but not all epub creators do this.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, but I'm still confused. Are you saying that it will look weird when converted. Do you have any pics.
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It will look fine but not 100% the same. If it's using advned formatting it will not come over into the MOBI file.
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