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Old 09-24-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I used Dr. Goyal's Calibre to convert my epub into mobi format. However is there anyway I can take a peak into whats inside the file? I need to know if the export is clean and without inserting metadata into the file and if it is to clean it up and make sure it passes Amazon's dtp. Are they any mobi editors along the lines of sigil, or perhaps more powerful? Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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There is no software that will let you simply open a Mobi file and edit it like Sigil does for ePubs. The only way to edit a Mobi file once it's made is to use something (mobi2html, mobi2oeb...) to bust it apart and then remake the Mobi file when you're done.


If you're having DTP problems with Mobi files generated from ePub you might try Mobipocket Desktop reader or KindleGen to make your Mobi file instead.
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, Mobi is not an open or even documented format, so everyone's basically been reverse-engineering it and there's no real way to edit Mobi files as-is.

But you can use various unpacking tools, like the Ebook-Tools perl module, or MobiPerl, or mobiunpack; the latter two of which are the projects of fellow MobileRead members.

These have options to output the specially marked-up Mobipocket variant of HTML that usually gets generated from the original source files, and you can edit and repack once you're satisfied.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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Hi guys!

Seems the kindlegen can create fairly nice mobis from epubs. One small problem, I',m unable to beat, it does not "recreate" the TOC from the epub. Neither does Mobipocket reader. (Calibre does this just fine).

Can anyone advise, how to use the kindlegen, to import the TOC as well?

Many thanks in advance.
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Hi guys!

Seems the kindlegen can create fairly nice mobis from epubs. One small problem, I',m unable to beat, it does not "recreate" the TOC from the epub. Neither does Mobipocket reader. (Calibre does this just fine).

Can anyone advise, how to use the kindlegen, to import the TOC as well?

Many thanks in advance.
Check out this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=102036

Basically, epub to mobi via callibre gets you an in-line TOC, but strips out some of the <guide> information that mobi readers would otherwise use. OTOH kindlegen and mobipocket publisher ignore the toc.ncx file from an epub, so don't build an inline toc. There's a way to have both, but it's a little involved. Details in the other thread.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:19 PM   #6
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Thanks, I go and check it.
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