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Old 12-22-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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Amazon releases new Linux compatible mobi generation tool

Replaces mobigen.

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Amazon is releasing today a new version of our command line tool to build Kindle books: KindleGen 1.0.

KindleGen 1.0 can be downloaded from http://www.amazon.com/kindlepublishing and is available for Windows and Linux systems. KindleGen 1.0 includes various fixes and new features, including:
- Improved image compression algorithm for small to medium size images
- Support for Macintosh encoding
- Better NCX handling

KindleGen 1.0 replaces Mobipocket's Mobigen 6.2 as our command line tool. It is a recommended download for anyone involved in building Kindle books.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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AND they have a Win32 version up there as well!

Hooray!
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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new software release

Hello,
I am sorry - I am not tech-savvy with software.
What does this new release mean in terms of functionality of the Kindle?
Is this an improvement of sorts to how Kindle handles ebook?
Does this apply to all models of Kindle?
Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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It has nothing to do with the Kindle per se. It is a tool for creating Kindle books from HTML files.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:20 PM   #5
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Having done a lot of work with mobigen applied html files, I made a couple quick checks with kindlegen performing epub -> mobi conversion. On a simple book mobigen worked fine. On a more complicated book it said that it died trying to do TOC conversion. I tried Calibre2 ebook-convert epub -> mobi conversion on this more complicated book and ebook-convert worked fine. So, IMHO, another arrow in one's quiver, but "nothing special" re epub -> mobi conversion.

HOWEVER, kindlegen DOES come with a substantial OPF "Worked Example" namely the Sample directory, which appears to contain the source code to the entire Kindle User's Guide -- very handy to see how it *ought* to be done -- especially in regards how to set up an OPF file and CSS! The sample also comes with lots of cool graphics symbols relating to Kindle that might be useful if one was writing a review or guide to the Kindle -- but I guess one would have to check with Amazon about that.
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I've put an updated list of Glyphs the Kindle2 and DX support as of Jan 2010 at:

http://www.freekindlebooks.org/Unicode/KindleCodes.mobi

-- which you would need to run from your Kindle to display properly.

The list of glyphs does not exactly display correctly on "Kindle for PC" nor "Mobipocket Reader" -- since those locations are dependent on Unicode fonts on your PC.
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