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Old 05-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Converting PDF to MOBI, weird characters in story

I use a Mac and tried to batch convert some PDF and LIT files to MOBI.

This is the result I got:

Any clue as to what is causing these weird characters in place of the correct punctuation? I have tested it with PDF and LIT formatted e-books and I get the same result for both.

I really wish I could get this figured out since this looks like the best program to convert my e-books for my Kindle!

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Old 05-20-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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First off, do not try to convert eBooks that have been run through ABC Amber anything converter. Horrible software. That said, it's an encoding issue.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:07 PM   #3
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I converted a LIT book yesterday with the ConvertLIT GUI (use Google). I then ran the resulting .opf file though MobiPocket Creator (installed as Publisher Edition) and I was good to go (no weird symbols).

You can also use MobiPocket Creator with your PDF file since it looks to be mostly text.

EDIT: Rats, I just noticed you said you were on a Mac. MobipocketCreator is a PC program only. Not sure about ConvertLIT. Sorry.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:25 PM   #4
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I use a Mac and tried to batch convert some PDF and LIT files to MOBI.

This is the result I got:



Any clue as to what is causing these weird characters in place of the correct punctuation? I have tested it with PDF and LIT formatted e-books and I get the same result for both.

I really wish I could get this figured out since this looks like the best program to convert my e-books for my Kindle!
I would guess that the file is not tagged with the correct code for UTF-8 characters. I get exactly this problem with html2mobi when I have an web page using UTF-8 since html2mobi does not handle UTF-8 correctly,
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:41 PM   #5
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OK, well here is another e-book that is in PDF format that I bought that way.

And same problem. If it's an encoding issue, is it with my e-book, the program, my computer, or what? Simply stating it's an encoding issue doesn't help much.

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Old 05-20-2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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definitely looks like an ecoding issue. cant say more without access to the source files
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:10 PM   #7
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OK, let's see if I can attach these right...haha
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:38 PM   #8
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Both work fine for me. Try specifying an encoding of utf-8 in the conversion options.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #9
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Both work fine for me. Try specifying an encoding of utf-8 in the conversion options.
Is there a help topic that can show me how to go about doing that? I opened the "set defaults for conversion" section and didn't see where I could specify that setting. Sorry, I'm just very unfamiliar with e-book programs like these!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:42 AM   #10
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look under the look & feel section of the conversion settings the option is named "source encoding"
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:48 AM   #11
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look under the look & feel section of the conversion settings the option is named "source encoding"
Well, I typed in "utf-8" in the "source encoding" text box, and got the same result. I tried with both PDF and LIT formatted files and no change, so I'm not really sure what else to do. I did upgrade to .5.13 thinking that might help but didn't notice any change.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:02 AM   #12
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I can't reproduce using 0.6 so it looks like it was fixed during the conversion framework changes.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:45 PM   #13
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I can't reproduce using either 0.5.x or using 0.6 so the problem is likely something in the OP's environment
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