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Old 11-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Making an .azw3 file available

Thanks to Calibre, I created decent-looking .mobi and .azw3 files from an InDesign-based .epub file. (Calibre delivered the goods, whereas both Kindlegen and the InDesign plug-in did not.) I downloaded the .mobi file to Amazon, and the book is now in the Kindle store, but only (so far as I can tell) in the .mobi format. KDP won't upload the .azw3 (KF8) file. So how can I make that available in the Kindle store?
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Not all Kindles can use the .azw3 format, so .mobi is better, anyway.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Thanks to Calibre, I created decent-looking .mobi and .azw3 files from an InDesign-based .epub file. (Calibre delivered the goods, whereas both Kindlegen and the InDesign plug-in did not.) I downloaded the .mobi file to Amazon, and the book is now in the Kindle store, but only (so far as I can tell) in the .mobi format. KDP won't upload the .azw3 (KF8) file. So how can I make that available in the Kindle store?
Unpack the azw3 and use Kindlegen on it. That will give a combined file with both AZW3 and Mobi in it. But the Mobi might not be as well formatted as the calibre-produced mobi.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestion, Grand Mouse. But how do I unpack the .azw3 file? I have Mobi_Unpack_v047: do I just drop the .azw3 onto the Mobi_Unpack.pyw icon? Then what do I do? I've found that Calibre does a much better job of converting .epub to Kindle than Kindlegen does (i.e. using Kindle Previewer). And as for the InDesign plug-in, well the latest version is better than earlier ones, but it's still pretty flaky (flakey?)
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Thanks for the suggestion, Grand Mouse. But how do I unpack the .azw3 file? I have Mobi_Unpack_v047: do I just drop the .azw3 onto the Mobi_Unpack.pyw icon? Then what do I do? I've found that Calibre does a much better job of converting .epub to Kindle than Kindlegen does (i.e. using Kindle Previewer). And as for the InDesign plug-in, well the latest version is better than earlier ones, but it's still pretty flaky (flakey?)
Double-click the Mobi_Unpack.pyw script. In the dialog, select the file to be unpacked and any options (none needed, I think).

Run the unpacked azw3 through kindlegen. The resulting file should have a KF*/azw3 part pretty much identical to the original, and a mobi generated from it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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The latest version of Calibre seems to solve the problem by converting the .epub file into a combined file.
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