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Old 03-30-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Is there a way to tell if a book is in KF8 format?

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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A quick and dirty way of telling is to open it in Kindle for PC/Mac. KF8 files currently only support single column mode when reading. So if you try to change the Kindle App to multi-column/page mode and nothing changes (it's still one column/page)... chances are it's in the KF8 format.

I don't know if that will always be the case, though. I suspect the apps will eventually support reading KF8's in multi-column mode. There is script floating around Dump_headers.py (or something similar) that will spit out the details of mobi files, but I can't seem to find it right now to post a link.

Also, anything with drop-caps or non-standard fonts could be a dead giveaway... but it could also be a Topaz book.

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Another way is to simply try to open it on a device or reader which doesn't support KF8 (eg the Windows Mobipocket Reader). If it won't open it, it's probably KF8.

If you're asking whether there's any way to know if it's KF8 before you buy it, though, I don't think there is.
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A quick and dirty way of telling is to open it in Kindle for PC/Mac. KF8 files currently only support single column mode when reading. So if you try to change the Kindle App to multi-column/page mode and nothing changes (it's still one column/page)... chances are it's in the KF8 format.

I don't know if that will always be the case, though. I suspect the apps will eventually support reading KF8's in multi-column mode. There is script floating around Dump_headers.py (or something similar) that will spit out the details of mobi files, but I can't seem to find it right now to post a link.

Also, anything with drop-caps or non-standard fonts could be a dead giveaway... but it could also be a Topaz book.
Thanks D. Do you know if there is any way to tell before buying a book?

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Another way is to simply try to open it on a device or reader which doesn't support KF8 (eg the Windows Mobipocket Reader). If it won't open it, it's probably KF8.

If you're asking whether there's any way to know if it's KF8 before you buy it, though, I don't think there is.
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I believe the free samples (at least some) will be in the KF8 format as well. Same single-column-only rule should apply. But I've not tested that myself.

Just know that a KF8 file will only ever be downloaded to devices/apps that support it.
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I believe the free samples (at least some) will be in the KF8 format as well. Same single-column-only rule should apply. But I've not tested that myself.

Just know that a KF8 file will only ever be downloaded to devices/apps that support it.
Thanks. Forgot about the free samples.

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