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Old 06-22-2020, 07:25 PM   #16
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kindlegen is a command line tool.
Oh, that's right - I have to open it with Terminal, right?
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:30 PM   #17
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Wow, Kindle Previewer works great; it even fixed an error that displays in the PDF version.

If I open an epub in Kindle Previewer, then I need to export it as a Books(*.mobi) file, right?

I downloaded KindleGen for Mac, but it won't open.
Yes. You should get a choice of kpf (reopens in Kindle Preview without needing conversion), mobi (dual mobi with mobi and azw3 (KF8) and source) and .azk for old iOS devices.
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Oh, that's right - I have to open it with Terminal, right?
On Windows you open it in a DOS window, aka Command Prompt; probably also Power Shell.

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Old 06-22-2020, 10:29 PM   #19
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Oh, that's right - I have to open it with Terminal, right?
It is not interactive. In a terminal, you type kindlegen and any arguments and the epub file name and it produces the kindle version. Unless you have a good reason, you should give it the argument to not append source.
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If you want to be dragged into the GUI era, ...
Screaming and kicking! Just kidding, although I still have fond memories of the % unix prompt. I can't remember why I was using KindleGen instead Kindle Previewer. In any event I no longer make kindle books.
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If you want to be dragged into the GUI era, Kindle Previewer's mobi output is a dual format mobi/azw3(KF8) with the source embedded.
Ah-hah, I overlooked that in your response. That's why I used KindleGen, because including the epub makes the resulting mobi file huge compared to its size without the epub.
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I was going to ask if there's a way to confirm that an epub with a mobi extension has been saved in the multi-Kindle format, but I guess the fact that it's 52 MB vs 24 MB for the original says it all.
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In any event I no longer make kindle books.
Why don't you make Kindle books?
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Why don't you make Kindle books?

I got tired of Hitch hectoring me about supporting ancient Kindles. Just kidding Hitch!

They were books I uploaded here. Now I just upload epub books. If people need the kindle version they can use calibre to do the conversion, and have calibre format it the way they like; e.g., ragged right versus fully justified.
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Interesting. I started out on Sigil, which is still my main platform. However, it looks like Calibre has really been beefing up its features. I'm increasingly using it to do various things.
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Interesting. I started out on Sigil, which is still my main platform. However, it looks like Calibre has really been beefing up its features. I'm increasingly using it to do various things.
For editing epubs I think it's about even between Sigil and Calibre.
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Interesting. I started out on Sigil, which is still my main platform. However, it looks like Calibre has really been beefing up its features. I'm increasingly using it to do various things.
I still do the majority of my editing in Sigil but I also use the calibre editor. Each of them is able to handle some tasks better than the other.
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And it depends what needs to be done.
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