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Old 02-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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KF Fixed Layout converstion to Mobi

Hi, I'm creating a fixed-layout picture book for KF. I have it completely built (html for each spread; images in their folder; embedded fonts, content.opf, css style sheet, etc)

I discovered that I can create a mobi by opening a complete content.opf (manifest lists all elements; spine gives play order; correct metadata for fixed-layout, etc.) through Kindle Previewer. It looks good on the Fire; my question is: is this a 'real' mobi? Or is this too easy, and I need to do something more robust? Thanks very much.
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It looks good on the Fire; my question is: is this a 'real' mobi? Or is this too easy, and I need to do something more robust
The lastest version of Kindle Previewer automatically runs Kindlegen 2 in the background to generate a hybrid .mobi file that contains both a regular .mobi file and a KF8 file.
Why don't you simply open the .mobi file with your Kindle 3 to test it?
(If you want to create a version that will definitely work on older devices, compile your book with Kindlegen 1 or Mobipocket Creator.)
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Thanks...this is a fixed-layout that will be sold only to Fire users, so doesn't matter if it works on K3 (this is what my client is telling me). I will put it on my K3 just to see what it looks like there.....

I was just wondering if this is a full Mobi, coming only out of the single .opf file (as opposed to the entire folder containing the whole job, or an ePub, which I'm accustomed to).
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If it's made with the latest Kindlegen/KindlePreviewer, it will be a dual purpose mobi file: a mobi 6/7 part to work with older kindles and a KF8 part to work with Fires (and the very latest apps supporting KF8). It will also contain the all the source documents (open the final product in a zip utility to see those) used to create it.

Most likely—since you were concerned only with creating a fixed layout ebook for the Fire when designing it—it will still open on a K3, but will probably look like utter crap on anything NOT a Fire.
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I did put it into K3 and, as you suspected, utter crap. Brought in pages that are all art, but dropped art on text/art combo pages. The text did retain indents and breaks, though. Doesn't matter, as not made for anything but the Fire.
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