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Old 11-29-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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KINDLE TOUCH cannot use dictionary with mobi format

I just recieved Kindle TOUCH. I was told that it cannot use the dictionary popup if the document is not in AZW format.

I have converted my books into .mobi format using Calibre. And this is very hard to believe. Is anyone able to use dictionary with .mobi?
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #2
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I haven't tested it yet on .azw, but why not send the .mobi to your device as a personal document? It's preferable than drag and drop using usb.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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I just recieved Kindle TOUCH. I was told that it cannot use the dictionary popup if the document is not in AZW format.

I have converted my books into .mobi format using Calibre. And this is very hard to believe. Is anyone able to use dictionary with .mobi?
I don't know who told you this but they do not know what they are talking about. It is NOT true. The dictionary functions the same with .mobi and .prc which essentially are the same as .azw.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, I tested it and it seemed true. It was a comment by Amazon Customer Service.

I had documents in PDF, converted into .mobi using Calibre.

The dictionary popup says, "Dictionary not found for this book's language. To download a dictionary, go to Archived items."

Now, if I have Amazon convert the same PDF into AZW, it works.

I need to know if there is a workaround, since I have quite a few docments to cover. If it was only several, yes I would use their service and be done with it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:30 PM   #5
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Acutally Rocknel may be right. While trying to figure out the dictionary problem with the touch I converted a dictionary to mobi and changed the language coding. It would not work. Haven't tested enough to be sure.
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It's not true. It works for mobis. I've used it a hundred times already.
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Dictionary works with .mobi; this thread prompted me to try it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:12 PM   #8
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Acutally Rocknel may be right. While trying to figure out the dictionary problem with the touch I converted a dictionary to mobi and changed the language coding. It would not work. Haven't tested enough to be sure.
And the Kindle Touch DOES support foreign dictionaries. I have two friends with KT and the foreign dictionaries work perfectly fine on their devices.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:23 PM   #9
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Everyone, please prove me wrong.

AND I am not talking about foreign dictinaries. The default (New) Oxford dictionary does not work with .mobi.

Their home page lists .mobi as supported format and nothing is mentioned about dictionary limitation.

I am a bit disappointed with TOUCH. Hopefully, Amazon will update the software/firmware to improve performance and these issues. Otherwise, I may have to return it.
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Everyone, please prove me wrong.

AND I am not talking about foreign dictinaries. The default (New) Oxford dictionary does not work with .mobi.

Their home page lists .mobi as supported format and nothing is mentioned about dictionary limitation.

I am a bit disappointed with TOUCH. Hopefully, Amazon will update the software/firmware to improve performance and these issues. Otherwise, I may have to return it.
Make sure your mobi books have their metadata set to "English". Otherwise, the dictionary is not going to work.
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And the Kindle Touch DOES support foreign dictionaries. I have two friends with KT and the foreign dictionaries work perfectly fine on their devices.
You must have missed the thread on the foreign dictionary problem. It doesn't bear repeating at length. Suffice it to say that some dictionaries are coded as english and will not be recognized for the foreign language. If your spanish dictionary is coded as English your touch will not recognize that you have a dictionary for books encoded in Spanish. If you download a dictionary that is properly encoded for the foreign language it will work. I know, I have two german dictionaries and two spanish on my touch and one is encoded correctly for its language and the other is not.
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no problem here with MOBI format on the K4 Touch using any dictionary. Check what thebestjester says.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:45 AM   #13
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As long as the metadata for both the dictionary file and the book are correct, the touch handles it perfectly. I have right now in my k-touch .mobi books and dictionaries in spanish, english, french and italian, all working perfectly. If they're not working, check your files' metadata, modify it if necessary (I think there's a tool for that around these fora somewhere).

Japanese on the other hand just doesn't work. No spaces = no dictionary, and that sucks.

We really can't expect these kind of devices to recognize the language from the text alone... not yet anyway.
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I had documents in PDF, converted into .mobi using Calibre.

The dictionary popup says, "Dictionary not found for this book's language. To download a dictionary, go to Archived items."

Now, if I have Amazon convert the same PDF into AZW, it works.
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You've drawn the wrong conclusion. This does NOT prove that the problem is caused by any different between MOBI and AZW per se.

The error message very specifically states that is a mismatch between the converted document's language specification and the language specifications in the available dictionary(s). Apparently the Amazon conversion specs the converted document with a language that matches an available dictionary and the calibre conversion doesn't.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:11 AM   #15
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OK, I am still investing, but I think I found the solution.

1. After you convert into .mobi with Calibre, you need to set the language manually to be ENGLISH. If this is set to be blank, it does not work.

2. Transferring the data has to be done via Calibre. Copying only .mobi file does not work.

Every .mobi book file has to have a property set to be English specifically, and this info is not included into .mobi file itself.
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