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Old 07-13-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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community mobi-support for future firmware-releases

Now as we know that mobi-support will be discontinued when the firmware with Adobe DE/epub-support will be released (see this picture) - what should we do with our books in mobi-format?
Is it possible to integrate mobi in FBReader or to extract the mobi-functions and procedures from the current firmware for building an own application for use with future firmwares?
I'm no developer - so I ask what is possible...

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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The easiest way would be to strip the DRM from your mobi books.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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what should we do with our books in mobi-format? [...] I'm no developer - so I ask what is possible...
Strip the DRM and then convert to ePUB with Calibre.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:39 AM   #4
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FBReader will today read DRM-free MOBI. It has several issues with MOBI though, for example: a) no cover image, b) much of the layout is ignored, c) high compression is not supported. I think FBReader's MOBI is "good enough", but not everyone agrees. It could certainly be improved, and it would not take much effort to do so.

The other approach is off-line conversion to ePub using Calibre, once again only for DRM-free MOBI. This has fewer limitations than FBReader's MOBI, although it means you will end up using Adobe's ePub viewer which has limitations of its own. An advantage of pre-processing though Calibre is that you can customize the layout to some extent.

Finally, Savory is an implementation of Calire's ePub and PDF to MOBI conversion capability on the Kindle 2. Which demonstrates that is should be possible to add Calibre's MOBI to ePub conversion directly on the DR1000S.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:20 PM   #5
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Are you sure non-DRMed .mobis will no longer be supported? How will I use the dictionary function then?
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:37 PM   #6
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How will I use the dictionary function then?
What some other vendors are doing is offering both DRMed MOBI and DRMed ePub/PDF, but in separate versions of the firmware - so you get to choose which one you want. So far as I know, iRex has not said how they are going to handle this, but dictionary support won't be available at all if this is what iRex does on the DR1000S and you load the Adobe ADE (ePub/PDF) firmware. Since the DR1000S already has good DRM-free PDF support, sticking with the DRMed MOBI firmware might be the best option.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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Other than a possible improvement in PDF function and possibly greater access to textbooks (which for my purposes is nearly last on the priority list), Adobe DE is useless for my needs. Current PDF functioning is good enough in my opinion.

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Old 07-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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It has not been confirmed that Mobi will not be supported in future firmware releases. Irex said that the 1.7 update is a minor update (changing who's DRM you are supporting would be a little more than minor) and Irex hasn't said anything as to how they will support Adobe DE in the future although they have worked out some deal which hasn't been clearly articulated. That photo is from the back of someone's box that recently purchased a DR1000 but their reader still only supported Mobi DRM so its not clear that foreshadows. If anything they would probably just make it a user option as to whether they wanted to use Mobi or DE since both can't be on the device at one time.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:34 PM   #9
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It wouldn't be too surprising, if this were true. Mobipocket supposedly has exclusivity clauses in their contracts that say if you are supporting Mobi DRM on a device that you are not allowed to support any other form of DRM. iRex may not have a choice if they want to start supporting Adobe DRM and Mobipocket is unwilling to budge on that clause in the license. iRex may only be able to pick one or the other.

I asked iRex this specific question a while ago in their forum about how they were going to support both, and the response was "no comment".

IMO, it's a little early yet, since there hasn't been anything official from iRex, but it certainly sounds like the speculation is correct. Whether they remove Mobi completely, only remove Mobi DRM, or offer two versions is yet to be seen. There could be another option that we don't know about yet.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:36 PM   #10
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Irex said that the 1.7 update is a minor update (changing who's DRM you are supporting would be a little more than minor)
I don't believe anything will change with the supported formats in 1.7. Supposedly it's only a bugfix update with "tabs" being the only new feature. I agree, adding Adobe DRM would probably be announced as a major update.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:26 AM   #11
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My problem - the sticker says nothing about mobi-support. If there would be Adobe-DRM-support AND Mobi-nonDRM-support, I think, mobi would be in the list.

Imho - the sticker shows the (near?) future, not the current status. So maybe the epub-firmware will not be far away, as otherwise Irex states features for the DR, that doesn't exist. And that is a party for lawyers...

And - I have no time to convert all my mobi-books (all without drm) into epub. If fbreader supports mobi - well, this would be ok for me. ;-)
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:08 AM   #12
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FBReader clearly needs more support from programmers. They have been concentrating on the iphone for months, unfortunately for us.

I am trying to convert a big (17 MB) DRM-free mobi file to epub in Calibre...24 hours and it still is not ready (on a Core2Duo). So clearly FBReader is the way to go. Especially since I want to be able to use much larger files, those huge Wikipedia files:
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:05 AM   #13
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My problem - the sticker says nothing about mobi-support. If there would be Adobe-DRM-support AND Mobi-nonDRM-support, I think, mobi would be in the list.
I'd like to see something a little more "official" from iRex than a sticker. The sticker certainly gives the impression that things are going to be changing with regards to the supported formats (and it makes sense that they would), but I'd like to see an announcement from them before I jump to far to a conclusion.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:30 AM   #14
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Personally I'll be sticking with the firmware that supports Mobi if "upgrading" means losing that.
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Personally I'll be sticking with the firmware that supports Mobi if "upgrading" means losing that.
If they don't give you a choice of Mobi vs Adobe, then you'd also be losing any future updates/fixes. It would be nice if (hypothetically) 1.8 is the Adobe udpate, that it's optional. Then when 1.9 comes out there is a 1.9-mobi and a 1.9-adobe, so that customer's have the choice of which format they prefer.

I have no idea if they're going to do that though, just wishful thinking on my part.
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