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Old 06-23-2022, 09:14 AM   #196
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Automation. I wake up on Friday and I have an Economist, converted to periodical MOBI form and emailed to me by calibre-smtp via send-to-kindle, all done from cron in the middle of the night while I'm still asleep. I guess in future I'll have to stuff it in some web-accessible directory and load it via the builtin web browser. A bit of a drag...
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:47 AM   #197
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Send to Kindle is the only way to get an epub into the Kindle mobile app. So you can't really sync between a Kindle device and the mobile app until you can actually get the book on the app.
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Old 06-23-2022, 12:16 PM   #198
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I've just imported an epub into Calibre and sent it directly to my iphone kindle app and my kindle 7 (5th gen). I did go to Preferences/Sharing Books by Email and added EPUB to the two devices I'm sending to.

It worked. They both arrived but they are not properly formatted. There are a lot of symbols spread throughout the whole book. I then went back and converted the epub file to mobi. Then imported the mobi file and converted it back to epub and re-sent the second epub file. That worked and corrected the formatting too. No more symbols.

Is there an alternative way of correcting the formatting errors on the first epub file before sending so that they do arrive on the kindle without them? Or do you think Amazon will include any format corrections as part of the Send To Kindle process when it reaches the kindle or kindle app, without having to firstly do so in Calibre? Many thanks for any help.
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Old 06-23-2022, 12:39 PM   #199
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Make sure your EPUBs are using utf-8 in order to avoid the funky characters. (Convert to EPUB -> Look & feel -> Text -> Input character coding: -> utf-8)

Otherwise, do what I do and convert to MOBI and then back to EPUB. Amazon does a garbage job of converting from EPUB format, so doing the EPUB->MOBI->EPUB removes all the fancy formatting that they can't handle. It's annoying but it works, as you've seen.
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Old 06-23-2022, 12:57 PM   #200
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I've just imported an epub into Calibre and sent it directly to my iphone kindle app and my kindle 7 (5th gen). I did go to Preferences/Sharing Books by Email and added EPUB to the two devices I'm sending to.

It worked. They both arrived but they are not properly formatted. There are a lot of symbols spread throughout the whole book. I then went back and converted the epub file to mobi. Then imported the mobi file and converted it back to epub and re-sent the second epub file. That worked and corrected the formatting too. No more symbols.

Is there an alternative way of correcting the formatting errors on the first epub file before sending so that they do arrive on the kindle without them? Or do you think Amazon will include any format corrections as part of the Send To Kindle process when it reaches the kindle or kindle app, without having to firstly do so in Calibre? Many thanks for any help.
Try this simpler process:
- import epub to Calibre
- use the Modify ePub plugin to "Encode HTML in UTF-8"
- send email to one Kindle or app
- use the download option on the second Kindle or app to download the file

This saves you from double-converting, and also allows you to use whispersync since you only have one copy of the file in your Amazon library. If you do want to keep separate bookmarks on the two devices, then you would continue to email to them separately.
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Old 06-23-2022, 02:32 PM   #201
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Try adding epub to the list of formats you can email to your Kindle. Preferences => Sharing books by email, add epub to the formats that can be sent to your Kindle email address.
And remove all other formats and just leave it set to ePub.
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Make sure your EPUBs are using utf-8 in order to avoid the funky characters. (Convert to EPUB -> Look & feel -> Text -> Input character coding: -> utf-8)

Otherwise, do what I do and convert to MOBI and then back to EPUB. Amazon does a garbage job of converting from EPUB format, so doing the EPUB->MOBI->EPUB removes all the fancy formatting that they can't handle. It's annoying but it works, as you've seen.
Just no. Do not convert to Mobi. Use the Modify ePub plugin to set the ePub to UTF-8.
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Old 06-25-2022, 04:29 AM   #203
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Just no. Do not convert to Mobi. Use the Modify ePub plugin to set the ePub to UTF-8.
thanks, I just came on this forum to find a solution to this, and this works. Going to be a pain though. am I right in thinking this will only affect books that I find in epub as a book that I find in mobi would fix itself when converting from mobi to epub?

is there any harm in just selecting all in my book library and doing it all as one big batch?
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Old 06-25-2022, 07:38 AM   #204
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Just no. Do not convert to Mobi. Use the Modify ePub plugin to set the ePub to UTF-8.
Hi JSWolf
I'm sorry to have to ask but would you mind talking me through this please? I search, found and installed the Modify Epub plugin. Do I need to edit the plugin in or customise it in some way to set it to UTF-8. And do I just then import the epub file and Calibre takes care of things automatically.

I did try importing the original epub file again and sent it to my kindle. Still had the same funky characters and symbols within the text. So I imported the original file a second time and converted it from epub to epub and sent it to kindle and that seemed to correct it all. So I don't seem to need to convert from epub to mobi to epub again. Still have to do one conversion from epub to epub though.

Should I still have to do this if I've done as you suggested (which I don't think I fully have)? So how do I set the plugin to UTF-8 please. Sorry to be so obtuse.

Many thanks.
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When you install the Modify ePub plugin, it adds a button to your toolbar. See first image below, last button on line 2. If you don't see this button, look for the 3 dots at the right edge of your main toolbar to expand the second line. Also make sure you've restarted Calibre after installing the plugin.

Once you've found the plugin button, go to the Calibre book list and select the ePub you just imported.

Click on Modify ePub. The second screenshot comes up. Check the box that you see I have checked. No need to select anything else. Click OK.

A job runs in the background and when it's finished, the message in the third screenshot pops up. Click Yes to replace the old EPUB file with the updated one. The original is saved as an ORIGINAL_EPUB file.

Email the updated epub file to your Kindle. If it looks o.k. you can delete the original_epub file.
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Old 06-25-2022, 05:01 PM   #206
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CathyA,
Thank you SO SO much. Excellent instructions, so easy to follow and much appreciated. You guys are great.

Just one things, when I ran the Modify Epub and got the last screen shot, it replaced the Original-epub file in my library but left a copy of the original in the author's folder. I've deleted it from there.

Once again, many many thanks for your help (and JSWolf)
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