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Old 08-14-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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ePub to Mobi Conversion Quality

I'm aware that it's a very simple process to convert ebooks from .epub to .mobi using Calibre, but I'd like to know how well the conversion process usually goes. Is most of the original formatting usually conserved well, leaving the outputted .mobi file just as readable? The .mobi files created will be read on a Kindle, if that matters.


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Old 08-14-2010, 11:20 PM   #2
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I often convert epub to mobi to put on my Kindle. In 99% of the cases, the conversion is fine and preserves most if not all the formatting and is perfectly readable. In the remaining cases, I might run into problems but the reason for that is usually that the underlying html in the epub files is complete and utter crap.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response! Can I hear a few more people's experiences? I'd just like to get a wider range of opinions so that I can be sure.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for your response! Can I hear a few more people's experiences? I'd just like to get a wider range of opinions so that I can be sure.
They are both essentially containers for html so the conversion is straight forward enough. If you have no conversion options checked then the Mobi file will reflect the ePub file very closely. If the epub was garbage it will create an equally trashed mobi file and vice-a-versa.

Once you check options you are telling calibre to get in the middle and some things will change.

Try it and find out.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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I find it works perfectly for me 99% of the time. There are times I get a better conversion using either Mobi Desktop or KindleGen.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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Do you have a lot of epub books already, or are you just now building your library?

I started out using Mobipocket Reader on my PC, so I bought books in the mobi format. Then I bought a Jetbook Lite, and some of the books I bought from Fictionwise had some strange compression problem and wouldn't open on the JBL. For those particular books I used calibre and converted to epub, which the JBL reads equally well. Then I bought a Sony, which doesn't read mobi at all, so I converted everything to epub. Now I do most of my reading on my Kindle, so I use the mobi version and try to buy anything new in mobi format.

Bottom line: I keep both mobi and epub versions of ALL my books in my calibre library. When reading on my Kindle, I can't tell whether the original book was in mobi or epub. I don't generally mess with the conversion settings, though -- I just let the defaults happen, and so far it works for me!
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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Thanks for all of the responses! It sounds like I should have no trouble with converting .ePubs to .mobi.
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what about fb2 to mobi

Hello,
and what about fb2 to mobi?
i've pre-ordered the new kindle3, but I'm concerned about my fb2 ebooks that are a few..

thank you in advance

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Hi, Brandobras,

I think Calibre is your best way to convert them. If the fb2are well formatted, you will not have any problem converting to mobi.
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