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Old 05-20-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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Kindle browser to read html files

Is there any way to use the Kindle browser to directly read an html file transfered onto the Kindle? I have been trying all morning but do not know the file structure to direct the browser to look for the html file I transfered on to it. It seems like it should work. Anybody tech savvy know how the file paths work on the Kindle (e.g. a:, b:, c: , hda, etc.)
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:03 PM   #2
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Hmmm. I wonder, if you put the file directly on the kindle (not on an SD card) maybe you could use the browser to look for file://name.html

But it might take more than that
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That has not worked yet. As I am trying to enter different permutations I frequently get the message "HTTP ERROR:403 Forbidden+for+Client" I guess Amazon may have disabled the browser from loading html files on the Kindle. Maybe Igorsk can figure it out?
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:27 PM   #4
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My guess is that the browser won't display a local file. However, I think your file is in the userstore partition, which is probably /mnt/us or perhaps /mnt/dc/us (don't forget this is Linux, not Windows). I base this on Igor's Reversing Everything blogs, which include a dump of the filesystem and the statement
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Similarly a SD card is probably at /mnt/mmc.
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I remember reading somewhere that someone was able to read a HTML file by renaming it to TXT. Maybe you should try that.
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I remember reading somewhere that someone was able to read a HTML file by renaming it to TXT. Maybe you should try that.
For plain html files without a lot of style sheets or graphics that seems to work very well. I haven't tried it with anything really complicated, but for what I read it works.
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How do I direct the browser to look for the file on the Kindle. What is the file path?

htttp://mnt/us/name.txt ? doesn't seem to work

Also should the file be in the root or in the documents folder?
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
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How do I direct the browser to look for the file on the Kindle. What is the file path?

htttp://mnt/us/name.txt ? doesn't seem to work

Also should the file be in the root or in the documents folder?
Just drop the TXT file into your Kindle Documents folder and it will show up as a new document on your Kindle's home page. It will be treated like any other document. Click on it to read as you would a book, no need for the browser.

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Thanks it works great. I just renamed html to txt and put it into the documents folder and the Kindle recognized it without problem. The file I used didn't have graphics but it maintained the formatting very well. Just another option if you want something with formatting more than plain text and did not feel like converting to mobi or prc.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:56 PM   #10
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I've sent plenty html books to Amazon for converting, works great
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:58 PM   #11
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If the html does not have lots of graphics you might not even need to send to Amazon for converting. Just rename the file to txt and the Kindle will recognize it without conversion.
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This can be done on the Kindle 2. If the html file were in your documents folder, the following can be entered in the browser to open the file:

file:////mnt/us/documents/filename.html

Note: This doesn't work in Kindle 1. The browser doesn't recognize file://
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:15 AM   #13
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This can be done on the Kindle 2.
That is good to know. Do internal links to other local HTML pages also work? Presumably, the way to use this is to put each set of HTML's and images in its own directory.
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Think there's one too many '/'s there; file:///mnt/us works for me. Haven't tried links but assume you can just use a relative path.
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That is good to know. Do internal links to other local HTML pages also work? Presumably, the way to use this is to put each set of HTML's and images in its own directory.
Re. the K2, I was wondering the same thing - also, does anyone have any recs for software that can join (concatenate) multiple HTML files? (I'm sure there are recs here somewhere, but so far, I haven't turned up anything that's not in tech-speak... )

Edited to add: I have Calibre installed, but haven't yet experimented with attempting to join HTML files into a single file. I find the program to be a bit less intuitive than the pro edition of Mobipocket Creator - so links to info. on this/help are welcome!

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