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Old 06-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Sony to kimble paperwhite

Hi My sony has just died and I am looking at a paperwhite.

I have all my books in calibre in epub format.

Will there be any issues converting them to mobi?

Any other advice appreciated.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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If the books are DRM free there should be no real issues converting them to Mobi/AZW or KF8/AZW3.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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Uh, no. They convert beautifully. But I would recommend converting to KF8 (AZW3) which supports enhanced formatting, i.e. dropped caps, etc.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,

Is there a setting in calibre for KF8 (AZW3)?

Sorry, should have checked before posting. I see the setting

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Old 06-06-2013, 05:04 AM   #5
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If you're books are pretty standard texts, I imagine that converting to .mobi would be perfectly adequate.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #6
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I use all mobi on mine.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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I use all mobi on mine.
AZW3 is a proprietary format. You can't use the free ap Send to Kindle with AZW3, because you shouldn't be able to do that with a book purchased from Amazon. So far, I keep my books in mobi. I haven't had any issues with formatting from converting from epub to mobi.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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If his books are already in Calibre then he would use that instead of Send to Kindle App. I would ask in the Calibre forum as to how to set up Calibre to send to your PW in AZW3 format.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:52 AM   #9
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Converted all my pubs to AZW3 using Calibre.

DRM a problem with 10 but the rest are OK

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Old 06-07-2013, 07:24 AM   #10
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Why are you thinking of an Kindle rather than a new sony reader? Sony is sort of like the devil you know.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:12 PM   #11
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AZW3 is a proprietary format.
So is Mobi .
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:15 AM   #12
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AZW3 is a proprietary format. You can't use the free ap Send to Kindle with AZW3, because you shouldn't be able to do that with a book purchased from Amazon. So far, I keep my books in mobi. I haven't had any issues with formatting from converting from epub to mobi.
That is not true, send to kindle will send azw3. But it needs to have both mobi and kf8 segments in the file. Calibre can produce such files, but you have to tell it to do so. If you are side loading over usb you do not want a hybrid file as it just takes more space. But personal documents service will store both formats and send only the appropriate format.

The reason it will not accept something without mobi segment is that not all apps and devices support kf8, for example the ios app does not. This way it will work on any kindle or app.

The only restriction is that the file size needs to be less than 50 MB.
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Converted all my pubs to AZW3 using Calibre.

DRM a problem with 10 but the rest are OK

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I was showing a friend how to convert from epub to .azw3 or .mobi, and during the lesson, asked her to show me that she could do it without me hanging around to tell her step by step... she wasn't thinking clearly (or perhaps she was) and instead of doing a conversion, just did a straight Send to Device... whereupon Calibre asked her if she wanted the file converted... the answer of course was yes... I don't know what it got converted to, but it worked beautifully. Like me, she has a bazillion epubs (non-DRM) but was given a Kindle as a gift. She does some reading in iBooks on her iPad, but thus far had not "done" Kindle. I think thats changed now.

Anyone know what this conversion process does? azw3 or mobi?

Also... if you want to store your own books as docs on Amazon... is it better to convert to azw3 or mobi? I really have no clue.
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Anyone know what this conversion process does? azw3 or mobi?

Also... if you want to store your own books as docs on Amazon... is it better to convert to azw3 or mobi? I really have no clue.
My recollection is that there is an option in the settings to default to either azw3 or mobi. It was defaulting to mobi and I switched it to azw3.

Converting to azw3 allows the Kindle file to retain more of the formatting options available for the epub. Azw3 files seem to be a bit larger than the older Kindle files as a result.

I switched to azw3, mainly, because I am an ultra-hip and hyper-modern type of fellow. I eschew all that is old, quaint, and fuddied to the duddy.
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