|02-19-2009, 04:17 PM||#1|
Wearer of Pants
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Norman, OK
Device: Amazon Kindle DX / iPhone
New Conversion Process
So, since I moved to the wonderful world of ebooks a year or so ago, I've spent a LOT of time converting files to make them look decent on whatever reader I'm using.
For a while this was the Sony 505. And sleek device that it was, there was little good content for me, and I spent a LOT of time converting for it. TONS.
And then I got a Kindle. And my time converting files went WAY down. Partially because the newspapers, magazines and books I wanted were already available at a reasonable cost. And partly because of MobiPocket Creator, and partly because of the email conversion service by Amazon.
ANYWAY... this still wasn't great. I use a Mac so using MobiPocket was a pain in the butt (as I had to open up Windows which is a frustrating process.) And even after converting a file there wasn't much I could do to it afterwards if the process didn't come out right. I could mess with the source a bit, but this was very time consuming.
But now... FINALLY... Calibre works on my Mac. Before this last week it crashed everytime I tried to use it. But now it works beautifully. I don't convert much inside of Calibre (except .lit files) but it sorts them out wonderfuly. But I did find a great use for it today.
After running something, say a PDF, through MobiPocket Creator and putting the new .mobi file into Calibre I convert it to .mobi AGAIN. This time I use the "remove extra lines between paragraphs" or something like that, that also creates an indent.
It converts them again, and I'm left with a MUCH more readable file.
So... in SUMMARY:
|02-19-2009, 07:59 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Texas, USA
Device: Kindle; Sony PRS 505; Blackberry 8700C
Gideon -- this looks very helpful. I've created my first MobiPocket book with Calibre and it looks pretty good in the MobiPocket Reader. I need to tether my Kindle to the computer and download it so I can see how it looks on the device itself.
Now I need to figure out how to use the other features of Calibre. I go all stupid when faced with a regular expression.
|02-20-2009, 12:04 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa, FL USA
Device: Kindle Touch
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