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Old 03-11-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Mobi vs AZW

I have been using .mobi books on my Kindle Paperwhite all the time. In another thread of mine, I was told that .azw/kf8 format would be better to use.

As far as I know, both formats are closed formats of Amazon. Other than that, I don't know of any similarities/dissimilarities. But maybe I am missing something, can someone kindly share thoughts?
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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.AZW can be Mobi or KF8 (which can also be AZW3). KF8 allows for more advanced formatting (like ePub) than Mobi.

I'm sure someone will be along with a more detailed explanation of both or you could check the Wiki.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:41 PM   #3
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AZW3/KF8 is a more advanced format, and supports more types of input, more like ePub. Just plain .AZW is practically the same as .mobi. But, if you have just simple formatting, it shouldn't matter.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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.AZW (seen in Calibre) are Mobi. .AZW3 (seen in Calibre) are KF8.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:52 PM   #5
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I use strictly mobi on my Kindles.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:16 AM   #6
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I use strictly mobi on my Kindles.
Why, given that KF8 is a much more capable format? KF8 supports things like drop caps, embedded fonts, proper block quotes, etc. Why restrict yourself to the limited capabilities of Mobi?
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:27 AM   #7
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I hate embedded fonts. I love the fact I can actually select my favourite font on Kindle and stick with it.
I don't miss any of the features you've mentioned in Mobi, in fact, they are often misused by lame ebook creators.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:38 AM   #8
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I hate embedded fonts. I love the fact I can actually select my favourite font on Kindle and stick with it.
You can do even if the book has embedded fonts. The Kindle won't use them unless you select the "Use Publisher Font" option on the Kindle.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:02 AM   #9
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You can do even if the book has embedded fonts. The Kindle won't use them unless you select the "Use Publisher Font" option on the Kindle.
Not always the case, there are some badly done books where the publisher font is the only one available even if you don't select it. I've come across a few with this problem (some from big publishers and some from indies). Even though I could fix it and strip the font in Calibre, I take the view that it's not my job given that these are paid books, so I just return those and get a refund.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:07 AM   #10
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Why, given that KF8 is a much more capable format? KF8 supports things like drop caps, embedded fonts, proper block quotes, etc. Why restrict yourself to the limited capabilities of Mobi?
I use mobi strictly because my most-needed feature is syncing between iPhone, iPad and Paperwhite, and the ability to email books rather than sideload them. As far as I know, mobi is the only way to achieve this.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:09 AM   #11
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I use mobi strictly because my most-needed feature is syncing between iPhone, iPad and Paperwhite, and the ability to email books rather than sideload them. As far as I know, mobi is the only way to achieve this.
Yes, it is - you can't email KF8 books. Personally I prefer to load via USB, so that's not a consideration.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:33 AM   #12
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I use .mobi exclusively. For exactly one reason: because they can by hyphenated (using JBPatch), while KF8 books can't.

I'm only reading novels on the Kindle, so fancy formatting options (fonts, tables,...) are not an issue for me. But the default ragged justification is a horrible eyesore to me, especially when reading books in german (where long words are very common). Fully justified text with hyphenated words just reads much better.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #13
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I use .mobi exclusively. For exactly one reason: because they can by hyphenated (using JBPatch), while KF8 books can't.

I'm only reading novels on the Kindle, so fancy formatting options (fonts, tables,...) are not an issue for me. But the default ragged justification is a horrible eyesore to me, especially when reading books in german (where long words are very common). Fully justified text with hyphenated words just reads much better.
This--and that I have my Calibre preferences/plugboards set up a certain way, and changing formats messes that up. I don't want to change anything in my settings.
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I always convert all of my mobi files to azw3. Unlike many others here, I don't make any changes within the books (at least so far), so I wouldn't know about the possibilities there, but the one thing I love about azw3 is that on my Kindles the line spacing is displayed in a fashion that's much more comfortable to read (further apart).
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