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Old 11-19-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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Kindle officials manuals (PDF)

From here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...deId=200127470
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File Type: pdf About_Your_Kindle.pdf (3.22 MB, 1668 views)
File Type: pdf Kindle_User_Guide.pdf (702.4 KB, 2576 views)
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:48 AM   #2
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Oh well, some of the questions have been answeared:
It supports only unencrypted Mobi-Files, and Kindle-Files are a special format.

But you can get your own files on it via SD or USB.

• Kindle (.AZW)
• Text (.TXT)
• Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
• Audible (.AA)
• MP3 (.MP3)
Tip: Mobipocket files must have no Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection
applied to be readable on your Kindle. If you purchased a Mobipocket file from a
Mobipocket retailer, you will not be able to open the file on your Kindle.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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This is consistent with the fact that I saw no changes or announcements at all on the Mobipocket web site. So content bought for the Kindle is in a new Kindle (.AZW) format that can't be read on anything but a Kindle. Bummer.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:54 AM   #4
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now just how close are those kindle files to mobipocket files, i think very close
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:59 AM   #5
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This means the ONLY way purchase e-books for the Kindle is via Amazon (or via LIT to ConvertLIT to mobigen.exe). This is an incredibly shortsighted approach, since they clearly could have allowed DRMed MOBI e-books (they own MobiPocket after all).

On the bright side, perhaps this will push some publishers into the DRM-free camp.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:02 AM   #6
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What a bold approach. Buy mobipocket, sell all their content, but lock any mobipocket retailer out of the Kindle. But i guess with Amazons market power they couldnt care less.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:06 AM   #7
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I've purchased numerous unprotected Mobipocket books and they should work on the Kindle. I've read them on other unregistered devices. I'm really disappointed that the Kindle introduces yet another proprietary format.
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It's not actually another format. It's mobi, but as far as I can guess, it just uses Amazon's DRM servers instead of Mobipocket's. And probably another way of generating PIDs. Maybe another encryption algorithm, though I kinda doubt it.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:21 AM   #9
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:20 PM   #10
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I am not seeing anything about pdf capabilities. Can that be?
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:30 PM   #11
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It supports only unencrypted Mobi-Files, and Kindle-Files are a special format.
I predicted this would be the case. That way it has no impact on existing contracts with Mobipocket e-booksellers. Amazon is technically not competing with Mobipocket's dealer network.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:48 PM   #12
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igorsk pointed out in another thread that the AZW files are mobi files with a different extension. He has a sample file there that you can try it with for yourself.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:32 PM   #13
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I am not seeing anything about pdf capabilities. Can that be?
Yes, apparently there is no PDF support.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:36 PM   #14
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Perhaps they actually realized how ill-suited PDF is for e-books and decided not to bother?
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:04 PM   #15
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However ill-suited PDF might be - there is too many content available in PDF to simply ignore it.
It might be okay for an "only fiction"-reader - but even them would benefit from PDF - but it is hilarious for a tec or business user.
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