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Of course you can. The easiest method is save the whole site into a folder (e.g. mirror it with some command line tool like wget - it is available on Windows too - or Httrack) zip the folder send the zip to your device via Amazon e-mail solution. Here's the official Amazon page documenting this feature. If it's not what you want, you can use Calibre to ...


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I prefer Calibre solution. Debian Calibre package come with ebook-convert utility. Grab HTML files from site by: $ wget -r -np -nc -k -c http://.../.../.. Locate your main HTML file (usually book.html or index.html) and convert to MOBI: $ cd dir-with-index $ ebook-convert index.html book.mobi $ ebook-convert index.html book.fb2 $ ebook-convert index.html ...


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According to Kovid Goyal ( creator of Calibre) you need to convert to azw3 instead of mobi.


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.azw is basically .mobi with the possibility to add DRM. According to the wikipedia article you cited it even has less instead of more features. Since using DRM is kind of pointless if you also offer a DRM free .mobi version, there is no advantage. .kf8 supports some HTML5 and CSS3 features which the other formats don't. This allows creating more advanced ...


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As far as I know .mobi files can't be edited directly, they have to be converted first to another editable format. So, no, you can't directly edit .mobi files in just one step. See this thread on MobileRead forums for further reference. Anyway, I think that there is an easy a solution to your problem. Please note that in providing the following informations ...


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I had the exact same problem for a long time. You can produce good results with Calibre, but I found the process was a bit involved. Instead I created a way to do this much more easily. It's a browser extension called EpubPress (https://epub.press). All you do is: Open the webpages you want to save in different tabs. Open EpubPress Select all the pages ...


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I don't think there is an official way to put footnotes, at least in EPUB2. What I do in the ebooks I prepare is to add an hyperlink to the note (placed in a chapter of its own at the end of the book, and to put at the end of the note another hyperlink which goes back to the original position. It's a bit ugly, but at least it helps readers (in the sense of ...


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You can definitely embed fonts, yes. There are a few issues to watch out for when doing so, however: You may not have a license to use the font in ebooks. The font needs to be licensed in such a way as to not just allow use, but also distribution. There are a number of open source fonts available that do permit redistribution--make sure you read the license,...


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Kobo ereaders have two different reading engines, one for .epub files, another for .kepub.epub files. These two engines have some little differences, one is the way page count is displayed: for the entire book with .epub, for a single chapter with .kepub.epub. If you want to use this feature the simplest way is to rename the file extension, but it is ...


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DPI/PPI settings aren't used in the web and are based by pixel dimensions and several web images .png, .jpg, and .gif files sometimes do not include the settings in the internal data. You also didnt mention how you are including the illustrations in the ebook. Are these vector or scanned images? If vector: If you have built your illustration in either ...


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There's no easy and global solution to it. I'd recommend using some kind of side-notes as described here. Note that if your target is mainly EPUB3, you can create popfootnotes as described here.


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Many of the ebook readers either have or have had their own format. Sony had the LRF format (more properly known as Broadband eBook), for example. Proprietary formats are designed for two reasons: to take advantage of special features of the hardware and software to lock users into the vendor's hardware and content ecosystem. Currently, there are at least ...


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Your question -- if I may restate -- is whether there are tools which allow you to create ebooks natively for Kindle. Probably not, although it does have some specialized creation tools (Kindle Textbook Creator, > Kindle Kids' Book Creator, Kindle Comic Creator, Kindle Previewer). My guess is that only Amazon.com could create such a tool because the ....


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I think that every device has its own behaviour, so I don't know if there is some setting that can be used as a general solution. In example, I have a Kobo ereader, and it is capable to do what you ask; if there is a custom font inside the ebook, and it is used only for titles or some paragraphs (i.e. to format code in computer science books), for the rest ...


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There's plenty of information about this in section 3.6 of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. To sum up: use .jpg for photos use .gif for line-art and text use HTML over images whenever possible. "If an image contains whole paragraphs of text, it should not be an image. Instead, it should be HTML." all images should be 300 dpi images should be color when ...


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If you have a fixed layout epub 3.0 file, it's not much of a jump to prepare it for conversion to KF8 fixed layout. KF8 is, of course, the newest version of Amazon's proprietary ebook format. KindleGen or Kindle Previewer are the two options for creating a KF8 file from an epub file. Kindle Previewer is essentially a graphical interface for KindleGen that ...


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One thought is the Sigil e-book-building software. It's available for Linux and I believe it would do what you need although there is some manual manipulation involved.


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Note: I intended to leave this as a comment for @mosh but didn't have the necessary rep. This is my own personal solution based on the solution he outlined. This will recursively scan a specified directory and compress files larger than 49MB, overwriting the original files. [I chose that size due to the fact that Google Play Books uploads are limited to 50MB ...


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In Calibre You can select several books at once, and hit convert. It is an old feature, described on the official blog: Bulk convert: Calibre allows you to convert books in bulk. You can select a set of books, all of which may or may not be in the same format, and convert them all in bulk to a different format. So say you have a kindle and you have ...


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Creating a simple e-book with MobiPocket Creator is relatively easy. The steps for doing this are as follows: Grab the latest version from here: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/DownloadCreator.asp Complete the installation, paying particular attention to the page below where you are asked which edition you would like to use: You will now have an ...


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If you only are afraid of your users reading the other footnotes if they are displayed as endnoted, then it might suffice to put each of them on their own page. If you include an explicit back-link to the original location for the footnote at the end of the footnote ([continue reading ...]) as well, the reader is more likely to get back to the position ...


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I don't think they make an app for the PaperWhite since it would appear it is Amazon content dedicated and not based of Android because I recall being able to install error logging apps from Android on my Kindle. Since this is a DRM free book I would omit the usage of Calibre. That said I would download Kindle Previewer and browse the book for any ...


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Anything that you want to actually show up on an ebook reader will need to be in the content files of the epub, just like any of the chapters or other divisions of the text. It is possible to include a description in the metadata of the book; this should appear in the <meta> section of the content.opf file and be formatted as described in the epub 3.0 ...


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What are you looking to edit? Content or basic metadata? If it is basic metadata, there is a program I have found and played with called MOBIeditor. It's written in .Net so you need Windows (the source code is available so you could grab that and compile it with Mono if you are running *nix/OSX). It is very basic though, allowing you to edit only the ...


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KindleUnpack is primarily intended for debugging KindleGen issues. If your original Kindle books is an AZW3 book or a MOBI book generated with KindleGen, you can edit it with Calibre Editor. Simply select the book in Calibre, right-click it and select Edit book. This will automatically unpack the book and open it in Calibre Editor. If you save the book it'...


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calibre already has a tool for this, but it isn't a plugin. It's part of the ebook editor that installs with calibre. The editor will only edit files in the epub or azw3 format though. You can convert the mobi file to azw3 and then edit it. Converting it from mobi to azw3 may automatically downsize the file, but I'm not sure. Once you have the file opened in ...


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I had a similar situation: a 134 MB .mobi that I wanted to shrink. Here's how I reduced the file size to 26 MB. The key to this approach is that an .epub is actually just a zipped web page with image files in it. Converted the .mobi to .epub with Calibre. Renamed the .epub to .zip. Extracted the .zip. Note the images subfolder. Mine had more than 1000 ...


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bash script to for bulk compressing images in big.epub to small.epub on Windows7 or Linux. You need to install cygwin on windows for (bash, unzip, zip, find, imagemagick). #!/usr/bin/bash USAGE="Usage: $0 big.epub small.epub" : ${2:?$USAGE} unzip -d $1-tmp $1 # unzip big.epub in tmp directory cd $1-tmp # Compress all images larger than NxN in ...


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To convert epub to mobi I utilized on online tool Most online tools actually use Calibre as the conversion tool. I.e., you might as well use Calibre. Throughout the text there are 0092, 0093 and 0094 in place of punctuation. There's most likely a problem with the original epub file. You might want to check your epub with the IDPF validator before ...


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No, this is impossible. Since the Kindle email service converts everything to a personal document, you must USB sideload in order to retain the periodical tag.


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