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Old 12-11-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Unhappy problem with images - epub to mobi conversion

I am trying to convert a book from epub to mobi using Calibre. (Originally created in Adobe InDesign and converted to epub using InDesign "Export to EPUB" feature.) The images look fine in the epub. However, after converting to mobi, all of the images are displayed with the top 10% or so of the image repeated - hard to describe, but it's as if the image is being displayed once and then another copy displayed on top of it, a little farther down the page. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any ideas as to what causes it and what can be done to cure it? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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Try converting the ePub using Mobipocket Reader.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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What format are the images in?
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:17 AM   #4
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Hi Folks,

I'm getting the exact same problem. I have created the epub file using Sigil bring this into Calibre and export to mobi.

The mobi file ilustrations appear to be all right in, Kindle, Mobipocket Reader and Calibre, all on the PC. However, on sending the files to an actual Kindle the top 10%, or so, of the illustration duplicates? But not ALL illustrations do this, some are all right??

The illustrations were taken from PDF using Acrobat to cut and paste the illustrations into Photoshop and exporting jpgs. I have tried reducing the illustrations to ridiculous proportions, almost postage stamp size.

I tried Mobipocket Reader to import the original epub files to create a mobi file but it doesn't import the file. I may be doing something wrong. But there aren't many alternative ways to import into Mobipocket Reader.

Any help would be most appreciated.

Thanks,

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:50 AM   #5
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I've pubbed two illustrated kids books to Kindle which was tough but had the most luck using Word. Once I discovered saving the Word file as a filtered web page, it was easy. I don't know if the same is true for Mobipocket reader. You may want to try importing the jpgs into Word, hit "Save As" and choose "Web page, filtered." Then you zip your newly-created web file with the web files folder (highlight both and right click, then choose "send to"..."compressed 'zip' file." Kindle reads it great. However I have not tried to convert anything to Mobipocket yet.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:52 AM   #6
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I thought mobi did not support pictures (at least not certain formats).
Most of my books are epub, for compatibility reasons, none of the mobi's I purchased or read, had any picture in them, and if they did, they'd show up as funny rows of comma's, a few pages long, or something.

I only have a good 5 mobi's in my possession though!
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:04 AM   #7
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I thought mobi did not support pictures (at least not certain formats).
Most of my books are epub, for compatibility reasons, none of the mobi's I purchased or read, had any picture in them, and if they did, they'd show up as funny rows of comma's, a few pages long, or something.
MOBI handles images just fine (with the exception of SVG). There should be no problem with GIF, BMP, JPEG, or PNG.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:28 AM   #8
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I thought mobi did not support pictures (at least not certain formats).
Most of my books are epub, for compatibility reasons, none of the mobi's I purchased or read, had any picture in them, and if they did, they'd show up as funny rows of comma's, a few pages long, or something.

I only have a good 5 mobi's in my possession though!
Take a look at any of the Charles Dickens novels in Mobi format that I've uploaded to MR. All contain numerous illustrations.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:37 AM   #9
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MOBI handles images just fine (with the exception of SVG). There should be no problem with GIF, BMP, JPEG, or PNG.
According to the Mobipocket Development Centre, mobi supports GIF and JPEG, but not BMP or PNG. Of course, the creation program might do the conversion itself.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #10
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According to the Mobipocket Development Centre, mobi supports GIF and JPEG, but not BMP or PNG. Of course, the creation program might do the conversion itself.
Sorry... I was referring to the Kindle Publishing Guidelines for Amazon's publishing programs rather than the Mobipocket reference material. And yes, it's very possible that the various creation programs are simply converting BMPs and PNGs.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:05 PM   #11
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I published a Kindle book that has 55 color photos in it. -no problems and the detail in the photos look fine in black and white on the Kindle 3 and 2 (can't say about the K1).

The formatting that worked for me was to add the jpegs in Sigil (and converted to mobi using Calibre). If I had the pictures embedded prior to importing into Sigil, it wouldn't work -but I never tried a PDF.

If I recall an ePub actually places the photos in a separate folder with links for the final product to access -although it LOOKS as if the photo is embedded in the endproduct.
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If I recall an ePub actually places the photos in a separate folder with links for the final product to access -although it LOOKS as if the photo is embedded in the endproduct.
That's also the way it works in Mobi - the images are separate, and linked to in the text with <img> tags - exactly the way it works in ePub.

I've converted dozens of illustrated books to and fro between ePub and Mobi format. The conversion works just fine, both ways.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:25 AM   #13
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Eventually I brought the .jpg's into photoshop and saved as .png and they all worked fine after that.

So, in my case, coded everything in Sigil, using .png format for the illustrations, imported into Calibre and saved the .mobi file out of Calibre.

I also decided to have each illustration start a new page/chapter so that Kindle didn't try to "split" the illustration and its caption.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:33 AM   #14
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I've used a workflow of Indesign export to epub-->edit in Sigil-->convert to Mobi using the Kindle-supplied KindleGen or—even better, and in my experience no different from the result with KindleGen, simply opening the epub file directly into Kindle Previewer for Mac (it seems to have KindleGen built right in). I've never experienced the issue with jpegs that you report. However, the size works best if you specify the height and width in the tag. Good luck.
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OMG, THANK you, JSWolf!

I never knew Mobireader can convert epub. Now I can tinker with css in Calibre and get nice mobi in seconds. (I don't know much html yet, mostly it's like 'if I change this value, let's see what happens'. Calibre conversions take much longer time.)

I have put jpgs into books (img link) with Creator and don't remember any problems. When I click on the picture in my Palm, it zooms out and becomes scrollable, just like in PC Mobireader.
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