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Old 06-07-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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button link problem when converting to mobi

Hi Everyone.

I used the following code to add a link to a book page.

I added the page and the css page to to the epub file in calibre and it works fine. But when I use calibre to convert ebup file to mobi, the button and other design elements to not render. I am using calbre to view the books in each case. See attachments.

Can anyone help me with this?

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Old 06-07-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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You have: <a class="a" href="">

You need to add the link in the "" after href. Also I don't know that you need "<a class="a".

Here is a sample from one of my eBooks: <a href="http://www.HarlequinMoreThanWords.com">www.HarlequinMoreT hanWords.com</a>

So yours should look something like this:
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I know I need to add the link their. I just left it out in the example.

But the problem is that the the button doesn't render and neither do the other design elements. It would seem that the css file did not get linked to the page when I exported the book from epub to mobi.
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Old 06-07-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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I know I need to add the link their. I just left it out in the example.

But the problem is that the the button doesn't render and neither do the other design elements. It would seem that the css file did not get linked to the page when I exported the book from epub to mobi.
If you're talking about the original mobi format, that's because it doesn't support CSS at all. You can use some simple css for creating mobis, but anything that can't be converted to html 3.2 attributes probably isn't going to work. Certainly no css supplied button graphics, or fancy borders are going to work.

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Remember that also the calibre viewer is an ePub viewer; mobi files are converted to ePub to view, so in effect you are going ePub -> mobi -> ePub.
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Remember that also the calibre viewer is an ePub viewer; mobi files are converted to ePub to view, so in effect you are going ePub -> mobi -> ePub.
With the loss that Mobi conversion forces
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Thanks for your help everyone. So basically what I am hearing is that that if I want to add a page to a book using calibre, and then convert it to mobi, I should not use any css, just html. Is that right?

And would the same go for pdf? I seem to have a problem when converting my epubs to pdf as well.

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Thanks for your help everyone. So basically what I am hearing is that that if I want to add a page to a book using calibre, and then convert it to mobi, I should not use any css, just html. Is that right?

And would the same go for pdf? I seem to have a problem when converting my epubs to pdf as well.
Not Quite

Your CSS can (and should always) be any Valid EPUB2 CSS.

Just don't expect a DOWN (to HTML 3.2 rules) conversion to always work out pretty.

There is a reason that some publishers do (not just a simple: Convert) multiple versions of a book. They want it to render a certain way.

Rule 1 for conversions: KISS. Don't do anything that causes those conversion issues.

Rule 2 Be prepared to release seperate format versions if you must violate Rule 1

IMHO a PHD button is a nice to have, NOT A must. Code as a simple link and be done with it. Note: depending on your sales channels, even that might be allowed.
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IMHO a PHD button is a nice to have, NOT A must. Code as a simple link and be done with it. Note: depending on your sales channels, even that might be allowed.
Are you saying that some sales channels will have a problem more of a problem with a button, or more of a problem with a link? Which channels?
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Are you saying that some sales channels will have a problem more of a problem with a button, or more of a problem with a link? Which channels?
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