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Old 09-09-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Converting lit to mobi

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I have obviously got myself a Kindle and well impressed I am. I have purchased a few from Amazon.co.uk but my sister has passed me a few books in the lit format. I have read some posts here and see that they can indeed be converted and went ahead and downloaded Calibre. And there is the problem.

The Help button does not work. Everything just does nothing. I click to tick a box and it does nothing. I get it to the point where I have chosen the file to convert clicked OK and waited and waited adn waited and waited. Does it really take over 20 minutes to convert?

Can someone please help me out here as I feel I am wasting my time with Calibre even though it has been highly recommended?

Thanks in advance!
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Do the LIT files have DRM?
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:13 AM   #3
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No, they don't. I was emailed a zipped folder with just a few .lit books that Amazon don't have for sale.

Will this have an affect on the way Calibre works?
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calibre will convert them for you.

http://calibre-ebook.com/
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An alternative way to do it would be to use "ConvertLIT" to "explode" the LIT file to its OEB source, and then Mobipocket Creator to convert it to Mobi format. Both are free tools.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:19 AM   #6
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But I am using Calibre.
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But I have Calibre already. It is impossibly slow
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You may wish to ask for assistance in the Calibre forum.
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Have you actually opened them to check they don't have DRM?
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:25 AM   #10
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I have no problem converting .lit into .mobi using Calibre, provided as others have indicated there is no DRM. That's another discussion entirely. I add the books into Calibre and then basically convert them. It's pretty straight forward - I wouldn't claim its the fastest process but it is by no means slow either. I tend to bulk conversions where I can go away and come back and all files have been coverted. If you need more details, I would suggest posting your question/issue in the Calibre forum. Good Luck!
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:29 AM   #11
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If you can't even click tick boxes then it sounds to me like something is badly wrong with your installation. I would uninstall it, download the latest version again and re-install it, then see what happens.

I have been using Calibre for some time now, and whilst it can be slow to start and sometimes a little slow to respond, it has not been a problem.

One thing to mention is that you don't tend to see any immediate feedback when the conversion is complete, as it does the conversion in a background process. After you have clicked OK in the conversion dialog take a look in the bottom right. If it says "Jobs: 1" and the little whirly thing is whirling () then all is OK. Wait until it finishes whirling and says "Jobs: 0" and then take a look you should find you now have the old lit format and the new mobi one. It can take a while depending on the size of book and speed of computer but mine (an old laptop) generally completes within a minute.
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One thing to mention is that you don't tend to see any immediate feedback when the conversion is complete, as it does the conversion in a background process. After you have clicked OK in the conversion dialog take a look in the bottom right. If it says "Jobs: 1" and the little whirly thing is whirling () then all is OK. Wait until it finishes whirling and says "Jobs: 0" and then take a look you should find you now have the old lit format and the new mobi one.
And, of course, while the job is running you can double click the spinning wheel and see a list of the jobs and what it's actually doing, in a pop-up window.
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And, of course, while the job is running you can double click the spinning wheel and see a list of the jobs and what it's actually doing, in a pop-up window.
As I said nothing happens. The job list icon does not move.

I am trying the others that have been mentioned here.
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Let's just go through a quick check list.

You've installed Calibre.
You've dragged your LIT book onto the "Library" window and had it show up in the window.
You've right clicked the book in the library window, and selected "Convert eBooks", then "Convert Individually". This should open a new window saying "Convert <book title>".
In the top right corner of this window you've chosen an output format of "MOBI", and then clicked the "OK" button.

All OK so far?

Now, back on the main Calibre window, in the lower right corner, in should says "Jobs:1" with a spinning wheel alongside it. Wait until that changes back to "Jobs:0" and your conversion should be finished.

At which point in the above process is the problem occurring?
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:59 PM   #15
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There use to a windows only application called Book Designer or something. I remember I converted some of my lit files into lrf (sony reader format). I think it might support mobi as well.
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