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Old 02-12-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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Kindle 2 Has a Book Description?

I was going through the Kindle2 User Guide and in the Menu there's a Book Description tag; boy if it's like a synopsis of the book, I will be in 7th heaven! I've been wondering why the back page of the book is not scan and have countless time sent e-mails suggestions to publishers to have this included!

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Old 02-12-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Good find!

I would imagine this is likely reading this from the standard Mobi metadata.

(And if so, why can't this feature be made available in the Kindle 1 firmware?)
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, there is no technical reason they couldn't put this on the K1 i dont think (but they wont, so the K2 has something better than the K1)
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This is the explanation for Book Description in the User Guide!

Book Description — connects to the Kindle Store and displays the detail page for the full book.
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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That does sound like meta data. And if you use Calibre as a library for your books, it will look up that info for you in the Summary column.

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Old 02-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #6
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Sounds like you'd be reading the equivalent to the book summary when you select that option.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:18 PM   #7
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This is the explanation for Book Description in the User Guide!

Book Description — connects to the Kindle Store and displays the detail page for the full book.
In that case it wont be from the MOBI metadata.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
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Now this is a cool feature!
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In that case it wont be from the MOBI metadata.
Yeah. Seems like just using the metadata would be the better solution, but I guess this way they can sell it as a "cool" wireless feature.
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:13 PM   #10
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Basically another attempt at vendor lock in. You have to give them credit for trying
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:13 PM   #11
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There is a "Description" MOBI metadata item, which is limited to 4000 characters. Also a "Review" (2000 characters).

The Description is used by Windows MobiPocket Reader in its eBook view. I checked (using an ebook with a description), and the description metadata is not a menu item on the Kindle 1 with the latest firmware.

Most MOBIs don't provide a description, so it isn't surprizing that the K2 is going to "call home" for the information.
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:23 PM   #12
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Amazon is going to make its book collection available to readers, it probably realizes it has to. In which case if it updated the metadata in all the books it sold, there would be no need to "call home" for the metadata. Unfortunately, instead of doing everybody a service and making the metadata available publicly, they locked it down on their servers where the terms of service mean that 3rd parties can get access to the metadata only if they use it to directly promote sales at Amazon.com
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #13
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I'm not sure Amazon is at fault in this case. The problem is that publishers control the content of ebooks, including the metadata.

I think this is why mobi2mobi (say) can easily update the metadata in a MOBI, but MobiPocket puts any user-generated changes in the .mbp file (which is often over written, and typically isn't transferable between devices).
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:34 PM   #14
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Good find, now to see if it's actually what we all believe it to be.
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