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Old 11-06-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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I keep reading about the Kindle not supporting ePub format.

I have some books in ePub and I used Calibre to convert to MOBI and am satisfied....

Do I not understand the issue ?

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Old 11-06-2010, 02:11 PM   #2
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Unprotected ePub files do convert fine into mobi files to read on the Kindle. I've never had any issues with converting these.

The issue is with protected DRMd ePub files as you would need to remove the protection first before conversion. And also many library books which are also in the ePub format.

It isn't a big issue for myself but it is for some.
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:56 PM   #3
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Also, removing DRM is viewed as illegal in some countries.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:30 PM   #4
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> I keep reading about the Kindle not supporting ePub format.
This means Kindle doesn't support it natively. For example, if you copy an ePub file directly to Kindle (to its "document" directory), your Kindle simply won't show it.

Also, Amazon's in-house conversion tool won't accept it if you email it to your Kindle account.

>... convert to MOBI and am satisfied....
Then, it's "MOBI" you're dealing with now, not ePub.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Most eBooks from the library are protected DRM epubs which can't be converted. PDF barely works on the KOBO not sure about the Kindle the panning around the page sucks.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:22 PM   #6
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I love my Kindle 2 because of its lightness and the accessibility of controls, but I recently acquired a Sony Pocket Reader 300--cheaply--when the new readers came out solely for the purpose of reading epub library books. I have access to an extensive collection. I really don't like the Sony's page turning arrangement, but it works well for this purpose. I would rather have just stayed with Kindle, but that did not seem to be an option. For the record, the books I'm reading are not books that I would have paid for from Amazon or a bookstore. I would have just gone to the local library.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:32 PM   #7
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> I keep reading about the Kindle not supporting ePub format.
This means Kindle doesn't support it natively. For example, if you copy an ePub file directly to Kindle (to its "document" directory), your Kindle simply won't show it.

Also, Amazon's in-house conversion tool won't accept it if you email it to your Kindle account.

>... convert to MOBI and am satisfied....
Then, it's "MOBI" you're dealing with now, not ePub.
I understand now - DRM protected ePub books. OK.

I have only worked with free ePub books and have not had issue with the extra step of converting to MOBI.

Thanks. Got it.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:26 PM   #8
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Beyond that, having to convert is another step. Sure, it only takes a couple minutes in Calibre. But after a few hundred books, it adds up.

So does the file size. I guess epub uses a better compression, they are usually only about 70% of the size of a mobi file. Again, not an issue on a case by case basis, but after awhile it adds up.

And simply working with epub is a lot better than mobi. Spot a typo in an epub? Fire up sigil and fix it. There's nothing like that for mobi.
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Any easy epub viewers for Windows? At this point I'm just curious what/how they look compared with Kindle's mobi format? Or compared to converting epub to mobi?
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There's a Firefox epub reader add-on.
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There's also Lucidor, which can be installed as a Firefox add-on (not compatible with ePubReader) or standalone (works better).

The ePub you should try to get an idea of just what the format is capable of is the version of Jerome K. Jerome's comedic classic, Three Men in a Boat, done by one of our very own MR moderators. Looks absolutely marvelous as-is, turns to rubbish once converted to mobi.
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You can use the duokan firmware to read epubs now can't you, I thought I read the english translation was released today...
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Any easy epub viewers for Windows? At this point I'm just curious what/how they look compared with Kindle's mobi format? Or compared to converting epub to mobi?
The Firefox eppubreader is very good as clicking on an epub file on the Internet will immediately open it up in the browser. Easy to install too.

Most sellers of devices like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc. also have PC/Mac readers, and all but the Kindle4PC will probably handle epub The best of the epub PC/Mac readers, in my opinion, is the Nookstudy, as you can have multiple books open at one time, view two parts of a book at the same time, use a one-page or two-page format, take notes and save or print them outside the reader, etc. I have found the others rather stiff and lacking in features.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:59 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the suggestions and that book reference.

I installed Lucidor and see the graphics of "Three Men in a Boat." I will play with conversion and see what's what.

Again, thanks.
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Also, removing DRM is viewed as illegal in some countries.
It shouldn't be pronounced illegal upto the point you are doing it for yourself and abstain from uploading, emailing, or using any other means of mass distribution. IMO, the DRM removed file must be deleted as soon as you are done with it.


Secondly, we don't know whether authors llike it or not. (Even if we do it for home and personal use.) Finally, it's their work and, of course, intellectual property.
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