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Old 10-21-2010, 10:35 AM   #1
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Fixing Smart Quotes in .mobi

I have been converting my collected text documents to mobi for my forthcoming K3. I just read here about the Kindle Previewer software and used it to check some of my new mobi files. I see my smart quotes and curved apostrophes are showing up as question marks. Is there a way to fix this other than to covert everything back to .txt and search-replace the offending characters?
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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I have been converting my collected text documents to mobi for my forthcoming K3. I just read here about the Kindle Previewer software and used it to check some of my new mobi files. I see my smart quotes and curved apostrophes are showing up as question marks. Is there a way to fix this other than to covert everything back to .txt and search-replace the offending characters?
Are they showing up correctly on the Kindle itself?
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:01 PM   #3
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I've seen lots of .mobi books with smart quotes. It may be an encoding conversion issue. Make sure when converting, that you have the encoding from and to set appropriately.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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Still don't have the Kindle! Wife ordered it to her parents place. Still have not driven down to get it.

Yeah, I had been removing smart quotes from stuff I was converting to ePub for Stanza but I found in a random check using Kindle Previewer of some text I converted to mobi files I am making the question mark in place of smart quotes in some texts.

I never have understood all the English encodings and which to choose.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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I would try a mobi to mobi conversion in Calibre and see if that fixes it before ripping the files apart. Mobipocket Reader (for the desktop) has been very reliable in showing bad formatting -- if it's bad in Mobi Reader, it will probably be bad on the Kindle, too.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:47 AM   #6
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(Thought I had an answer. Read question again, realized I don't. Deleted.)

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:31 AM   #7
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