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Old 11-08-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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ebook naviagtion & Kindle Previewer questions?

I have a question about navigating through an ebook on a Kindle and about the Amazon Kindle Previewer App. I'm in the process of converting hundreds of Microsoft Reader ebooks I've purchased over the years so that we can read them on my wife's Kindle (or mine if Mrs. Claus brings me one). Often a straight conversion using Calibre would work but the results aren't quite what I'd like. I've started converting to epub, modifying and tweaking with the excellent Sigil editor and then converting to mobi. Using the Previewer app, I'm able to check out the results before saying I'm done and copying to my wife's Kindle.

Here's where my questions come in. Depending on how many levels make up the lit/epub files' ncx I'm working from, the ncx view doesn't show quite correctly since mobi can only have a one level ncx. There's an ncx view in the app but I see no similar view on the actual Kindle, so I'm not certain if it really matters. There are buttons in the app to move from section to section, just like moving from page to page. Depending on the chapter headings, these may not work quite correctly either. But, again, while these buttons appear in the app, I see no way to perform this same function on an actual Kindle.

Am I missing something? Is there some hidden ncx view on the Kindle that I'm not aware of? Is there some key combination or hidden option that will allow me to move from section to section on a Kindle?

If these options aren't available in some way on an actual Kindle, I'm not really sure why they appear in the Previewer app. If they don't exist on the real thing, I could save myself some trouble and not worry about getting everything quite "perfect" when I'm tweaking for my final conversion.

Thanks to anyone that may be able to offer me some answers.

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Old 11-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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Section to section (certainly in periodicals downloaded via Calibre) is done using the left/right/up/down toggle on the K3, or the toggle button on the K2 and KDX.

This also works on Chapters in a properly formatted book.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:08 PM   #3
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Section to section (certainly in periodicals downloaded via Calibre) is done using the left/right/up/down toggle on the K3, or the toggle button on the K2 and KDX.

This also works on Chapters in a properly formatted book.
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Thanks for the reply. I just want to make certain I understand correctly. When you say "left/right/up/down toggle", you're speaking to the four-way pad, correct? Everyone has different terminology for the same things so I didn't want to assume I knew what you were speaking of

It seems like I'd tried that one before but I'm sure I must've missed it. Thanks for your help.

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For what it's worth, you can have multi-level NCX on the Kindle, only it just displays the first level points in the location bar at the bottom.

In order to navigate the invisible 2nd level, you have to find a start point for said second level and flick back and forth to navigate it via the 5-way controller. It's enough of a hassle that it may be worth editing the original NCX to un-nest nested navPoints.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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Yes, I meant the 4-way pad (on the K3) or 4-way toggle switch on the K2 and DX. Needed to have my dinner and I think my brain was tired .....
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