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Old 01-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Selecting text for Japanese dictionary

Hi,

Need some help here.

I copied and saved some Japanese text as a txt file format into the Kindle Paperwhite.

When I tried to select individual words, the Kindle would select the whole paragraph instead. As a result, I can't check the meanings of the words. It calls up the correct Japanese-to-English dictionary though.

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I've tried converting the txt file into a mobi file. When I select individual words, the Kindle doesn't know what language that is and hence can't call up the dictionary.

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Anyone has experience or ideas on how to solve this?
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Hi,

Need some help here.

I copied and saved some Japanese text as a txt file format into the Kindle Paperwhite.

When I tried to select individual words, the Kindle would select the whole paragraph instead. As a result, I can't check the meanings of the words. It calls up the correct Japanese-to-English dictionary though.

---

I've tried converting the txt file into a mobi file. When I select individual words, the Kindle doesn't know what language that is and hence can't call up the dictionary.

---

Anyone has experience or ideas on how to solve this?
The metadata of your mobi has to be set to the proper language for the corresponding dictionary to be called up. You can use gluggy's Java Mobi Metadata Editor to set your book language to ja.

I tried with the book Yujo by Saneatsu Mushanokoji (attached below, obtained from Project Gutemberg and having the japanese language in its metadata) I was expecting my Kindle for PC v1.10 to automatically download the japanese dictionary upon searching a word. Pityfully it didn't, probably because I only have a Kindle Keyboard registered and the two Japanese dictionaries (translations and definitions) are only offered to Kindle Paperwite registered users.
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Sorry, couldn't test further your word/paragraph selection problem. Arrgh, if only a deDRMed version of these dictionaries was available!
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Thanks very much.

I managed to change the metadata using Calibre.

Here's the solution for others with the same problem:

In this case, using Calibre, before converting, just edit the metadata and set the language to Japanese. This step wasn't available from the conversion settings dialogue box, so it had to be done prior to conversion. After conversion, the Kindle will be able to recognise the text as Japanese text.
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