|01-07-2012, 08:50 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Chinese eBook Encoding On Kindle
I recently bought a Kindle, and have loaded some chinese mobi ebooks on it for my parents. The content shows as simplified chinese.
If possible, we would like to read the ebooks in traditional chinese instead.
Does anyone know how we could do this? I know that the encoding comes into play, but I'm not sure at what stage?
Would the original mobi file need to be reconverted to a new mobi file with a different encoding scheme? If so, can Calibre or another tool do this conversion?
Or, is encoding controlled at the Kindle level (i.e. the mobi file can be interpreted as either simplified or traditional). If this is the case, does anyone know how to configure the Kindle to show content in traditional chinese?
Thanks for any help on this subject!
|01-07-2012, 08:55 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Kindle, iPad (not used much for reading)
The Kindle supports traditional Chinese, but the book would have to be changed from simplified to traditional. Not knowing Chinese, I have no idea if this is more like a translation required, or just character encoding.
Yes, the file has to be changed to traditional encoding to be able to use traditional characters.
I don't know of a tool that translates Chinese characters, but it is possible that one exists.
|01-07-2012, 09:05 PM||#3|
Join Date: May 2010
Device: IPad2, EZRead Touch, Garmin-Asus M10
Traditional Chinese are in big5 coding, and simplified Chinese are usually in GB or Hz coding. I'm not sure whether Kindle can read unicode, but even in unicode they are in different coding pages/system, I believe.
You need to convert the file from gb coding to big5 code. It can be done easily if it is in simple txt (I'm using convertz to do that), and there're other free converting tools a google search away. I'm not sure how to do it for a complicate mobi file, though. Convertz can convert traditional Chinese into simplified (gb->big5, unicode->big5, etc, and vice versa) in ascii format. Maybe you can use calibre to convert it into txt, use convertz to convert txt from gb to big5, then use calibre to convert a txt into mobi. Haven't done it before, so can't say whether it works or not.
Last edited by hch568; 01-07-2012 at 09:14 PM.
|01-08-2012, 05:25 AM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Device: Kindle PW2
If you have a Kindle 3, you might want to check out the alternative Kindle OS 多看 2012 (Chinese site), which is developed by Chinese developers and features several IMEs, an English-Chinese StarDict dictionary and other features of interest to Chinese speakers. They also have a forum and I'm sure that some of their members must have encountered the same problem and already came up with an easy solution. (There's also an English MR thread with more information).
I usually get more consistent results with non-Latin characters by first creating an ePub with Sigil and then converting it with either Kindlegen or Calibre.
Please find attached a simple test ePub that I created with Sigil and then converted with both Kindlegen and Calibre.
Last edited by Doitsu; 01-08-2012 at 05:27 AM.
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