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Old 02-19-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Best way to read Mobipocket files on the iPhone/iPod Touch

Hi,
i will get an iPod Touch next week. Now I have to figure out how to move my selfmade Mobipocket-books (all of them are DRM-free) to my iPod, and which App to use to read them.

Thats what I think of now:

Reading with the Kindle-App.
I would love to, because I don't have to convert my books. But how do I get my own files inside the App without paying? Jailbreak?

Reading with Stanza.
I don't know... I would have to convert them and maybe loose a lot of formating, right?

Reading with Bookshelf.
Haven't seen much Sreenshots yet, but I don't like the user-interface. Is it even possible to get full justification?

Am I missing some Apps that are reading mobi-files? When I find a way of getting my own files inside the Kindle-App all my Problems would be solved.
There are only some things important to me:
- Nice library-view (at least small covers)
- Justification, centering and page-breaks are working.
- All characters are working (I'm german, so theres plenty of '─', '▄', 'Í', '▀')
- Auto-hyphenation would be great, but is not so necessary

I hope you guys can help me.

Michael

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Old 02-19-2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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Have you downloaded the Stanza app for your desktop, first? I believe it can read your mobi files just fine. Although, I admit, it won't always read mobi files I get from smashwords. So there must be more than one slight flavor or mobi file.

Anybody else?
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Old 02-20-2010, 06:04 AM   #3
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I'm downloading Stanza-Desktop right now. I will give it a try.
Can Stanza really read mobi-files natively, or does it have to convert them to epub?
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Old 02-20-2010, 06:16 AM   #4
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Converting mobi to ePub is "lossless" - your files will look exactly the same, the table of contents will work the same, and so on. Calibre does an excellent job of conversion.
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Ok, I tried stanza for converting, the results were terrible (I lost cover-art, the most formating and the pagebreaks were a little bit strange)....

But Calibre does the job pretty well (Thanks, Harry!), i think i will stick with that.
It's easier for me to convert them, than jailbreak my ipod.
Only thing to do now: I have to convert my whole library (1486 Books...) that could take quite a while.

My iPod will arrive on monday, im quite excited on how my books will look in stanza...
Thank you Deb and Harry for your help.
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