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Old 12-29-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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Converting Wikipedia books to mobi

Hi,

So Wikipedia has some resources that could be useful to have on a Kindle (like http://en.wikiversity.org or http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page)

Has anyone tried to convert a wikibook to mobi format? If so, what procedure/settings did you use?

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*edit* I've tried kindlegen on the attached wikibook (want to learn French) but it falls down with a Windows error.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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Wikipedia books are in HTML format, the only thing that you need is a HTML converter.

I suggest you to use PrimoPDF, but there is a online tool too, called Free PDF Converter. If the file converted to PDF, you can convert it(PDF) to the format that you want.

But if you're going to download a book from WikiBooks, then you just need to click on the PDF download link at the right corner of every book:

Or by clicking on the left panel:


Then convert it to any other format

Enjoy!

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Old 12-30-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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Wikipedia books are in HTML format, the only thing that you need is a HTML converter.

I suggest you to use Free PDF Converter. If the file converted to PDF, you can convert it(PDF) to the format that you want.

But if you're going to download a book from WikiBooks, then you just need to click on the PDF download link at the right corner of every book:

Then convert it to any other format

Enjoy!
Thanks, but I already tried the PDF -> mobi route, and the formatting was terrible. The HTML has a lot of scripting in it, which causes html converters to fall down.

I'm going to try the same thing I did for a Darwin book. Copy the webpage into OpenOffice and then save as html, that usually yields a fairly decent format
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I have this problem too... I want to convert this pdf to mobi...

http://www.mediafire.com/view/?ck8w873a3q7k9xm

I converted it with calibre but formatting was terrible...
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I've often used this service:

http://www.edukindle.com/downloads/kindlepedia/

It works very well. You just paste in the URL of the Wikipedia page you're interested in, and a few moments later they give you a link for downloading the article in Mobi format, which can be read directly by the Kindle.

They also have a service that lets you combine several Wikipedia articles into a single file, but I haven't tried that yet.

The biggest limitation is that it only works with the English version of Wikipedia.

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