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Old 12-26-2017, 12:35 PM   #691
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It looks like Kindle books in Arabic are on their way. "KDP Now Supports Arabic eBooks (Beta)" according to a post on The Digital Reader.

I did some research and found that a bunch of free Arabic language books were made available on amazon.com about a week ago. There is even a (non-free) Harry Potter book available.

It appears that Arabic is only supported on the iOS and Android (including Fire OS) apps currently. They cannot be delivered to Kindle for PC or e-ink Kindles.

They also appear to be KFX only. All have Enhanced Typesetting and do not support "Download & Transfer via USB".
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:39 PM   #692
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It looks like Kindle books in Arabic are on their way. "KDP Now Supports Arabic eBooks (Beta)" according to a post on The Digital Reader.

I did some research and found that a bunch of free Arabic language books were made available on amazon.com about a week ago. There is even a (non-free) Harry Potter book available.

It appears that Arabic is only supported on the iOS and Android (including Fire OS) apps currently. They cannot be delivered to Kindle for PC or e-ink Kindles.

They also appear to be KFX only. All have Enhanced Typesetting and do not support "Download & Transfer via USB".
It looks like they are not available for any eink Kindle yet. None of my eink Kindles are supported either for the sample or purchase (only looked at the Harry Potter book so far).

No support for eink Kindles would also automatically shut down the download and transfer via usb which only works for eink.
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:47 PM   #693
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It looks like they are not available for any eink Kindle yet. None of my eink Kindles are supported either for the sample or purchase (only looked at the Harry Potter book so far).
I mentioned that in my post. It looks like Arabic support has not yet been added to those devices.

It makes sense to me that Amazon would prioritize making them available on Android and iOS. After all, those who speak Arabic are unlikely to own a Kindle since that language was not previously available there.

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No support for eink Kindles would also automatically shut down the download and transfer via usb which only works for eink.
That is not true. Download and transfer also normally works for Fire tablets, but it doesn't show up as an option for these books.
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I mentioned that in my post. It looks like Arabic support has not yet been added to those devices.
There is a difference between books. While the Harry Potter sample you posted does work correctly with RTL text and swiping "backwards" to advance, others do not. This one can be delivered to eink Kindles, but also does not allow download and transfer (at least the sample does not). But it also does not work right either on android app or my Oasis 2. Text is left-justified instead of right-justified, and advancing pages goes with a swipe from right to left (both wrong on eink and app).
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There is a difference between books. While the Harry Potter sample you posted does work correctly with RTL text and swiping "backwards" to advance, others do not. This one can be delivered to eink Kindles...
The Tom Sawyer book you found is different from the other Arabic language books I have seen. The others have "(Arabic Edition)" appended to the title, but that book has "Arabic edition" without the parentheses. More importantly it is coded incorrectly for Arabic. The metadata indicates LTR instead or RTL reading direction. It also embeds fonts instead of relying on the built in ones. I suspect that it isn't an "official" Arabic-language book, but something improperly published.

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... but also does not allow download and transfer (at least the sample does not).
That is normal for samples.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:42 AM   #697
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Kindle Previewer version 3.17 has been released. The main change was adding support for MathML in KFX format.
I came across a little more information on support for MathML in Kindle e-books.

The 2017.4 release of the NVDA screen reader for windows includes:

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Early support for reading and interactive navigation of mathematical content for Kindle books with accessible math. (#7536)
The link to GitHub contains some technical details:

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Summary of the issue:
A future version of Kindle will expose MathML for books which contain it. We can thus provide access to math in those books using our existing math support.
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Known issues with pull request:
No known issues with the implementation. One concern is that content probably won't be publicly available before NVDA 2017.4 is released, so this won't get any public testing before release. However, we don't want to wait until 2018.1 for this to be available, so we're announcing it as "early support".
So, looks like it is coming soonish.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:13 AM   #698
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And just think of all those Kindles out there where this will not work. For wider support, use SVG math instead.
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I came across this thread and spent quite a few hours to read thru it. This is fascinating.

As people pointed out, there is currently not much use for DRM-free KFX files, as the format could only be read with Kindles.

I mostly agree, but I would also like to share a valid use case of DRM-free KFX files: to read eBooks from two different Amazon accounts on one Kindle device.

Why do I need two Amazon accounts? Because I buy books from both Amazon.com and Amazon.cn but these two websites have different account systems. You can use Amazon.com account to log into Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.in, etc, but not Amazon.cn and Amazon.co.jp.

So I use Kindle for PC to download books purchased with account A, de-DRM them, and transfer them to Kindle Paperwhite 3 (which is registered to account B) to read.

I like the new features of KFX, especially Page Flip, but before I discovered the Pascal and Python demo to remove DRM from KFX files, I have to use an old version of K4PC to get KF8 versions, which do not support Page Flip.

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Kindle for PC 1.23 has been delivered to some customers, possibly as a beta or a slow roll-out.

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What's new in Kindle for PC 1.23.1

1. New Fonts : You can choose from six new fonts (Baskerville, Caecillia, Helvetica, Helvetica Light, Lucida, Palatino) in addition to Bookerly, Amazon Ember, Amazon Ember Bold and Open Dyslexic in the Aa(Fonts) menu.

2. Two Column mode : You can now choose to read with one column, two columns or with the number of columns determined automatically based on the font size selected and the page width.

3. Viewer for Images, Math equations and Footnotes - Double click on an Image / Math equation to launch the viewer.

4. Split View support : You can now read in Split View on your PC
I wonder whether "Math equation" refers to support for MathML. There have been signs of that feature coming to the Kindle platform since last year.
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I wonder whether "Math equation" refers to support for MathML. There have been signs of that feature coming to the Kindle platform since last year.
I honestly can't quite figure what ELSE it would be. I mean...you don't need a special feature to look at/zoom images of equations, so...

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The latest update to the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines includes MathML support. However the description is a bit spare:

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9.6 MathML Support

Enhanced Typesetting supports MathML.

Supported Tags: ...
Unsupported Tags: ...

Troubleshooting: Open the HTML page with MathJax. If MathML is displayed without any issues, then it will be supported in Enhanced Typesetting.
MathML is supported in KFX format (Enhanced Typesetting), but what about MOBI and KF8?

The guidelines do not mention them and there is no sign of MathML support for KF8 in the latest Kindle firmware (5.9.5). I believe that it is unlikely that Amazon would update the renderers for the older formats anyway.

They also do not mention any type of fallback, such as with media queries. Perhaps they plan on replacing MathML with images for KF8/MOBI in the publishing workflow. A more likely possibility is that if you include MathML in a published book then it will only be made available on devices that support Enhanced Typesetting. (This is already the case for Indic and Arabic language books.)

I suppose that we need someone to publish a book with MathML to see what actually happens.

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I suppose that we need someone to publish a book with MathML to see what actually happens.
Also it's probably another thing locked to publishers only who upload directly via FTP, and not Self-Publishers and people who go through KDP.
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Amazon has released version 6.6 of the Kindle for iOS app. One of the new features listed is:

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* Read your favorite magazines in a new mobile-friendly format. Initial titles include Food Network, Cosmopolitan, Life & Style, Us Weekly, and 15 others.
As is typical for new Kindle features these days, the new magazine format is a variant of KFX.

Added: I tried it and lets you switch between reading the magazine page-by-page or by article content.

The changes are incremental improvements. Switching in and out of article view is done a bit differently and articles are more nicely formatted using Enhanced Typesetting. You can view a grid of pages in the magazine or in pages just in articles in Page Flip mode.

There may be other, more subtle, changes that I didn't notice.

The file size is about the same. The magazine I tested with, the May 1 issue of Food Network, was 81MB as a single PRC (MOBI) file in the Android app and 87MB as a set of 32 KFX files in the iOS app.

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