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How can I convert an HTML site into an ebook?

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....
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

Calibre already offers this functionality without any 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 ...
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How can I convert an HTML site into an ebook?

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 ...
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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

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 ...
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Can I change the cover of a mobi/epub book?

Yes we can do that using opensource software like Calibre. Install the Calibre software and start the program. Copy the ebook.mobi file to your PC. Drag the book onto the Calibre software UI. It will ...
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is there any software available to directly write in mobi format?

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 ...
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

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 ...
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

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 ...
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Can I change the cover of a mobi/epub book?

Actually, there's an easier way of changing the content: Change the file extension of your epub book from ".epub" to ".zip" You will be able to access all content because, now, the file became just a ...
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bulk conversion of EPUB for Kindle (mobi)

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 ...
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Adding blurb/summary metadata to an ebook file

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 ...
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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

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 ...
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

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="...
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Is it possible to make a Kindle ebook look exactly like my InDesign / PDF file?

Given the restriction of the book being viewable on the older eInk Kindles—no, you will not be able to replicate this layout perfectly. Particularly with images spanning page spreads, but also ...
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Send periodicals via email

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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I can't find the mobi format ebooks I copied from my computer to my kindle via usb, what should I do?

File size can be an issue. I've found that if the book's file size is greater than 50MB, the file will transfer to the documents folder on disk, but not appear on the kindle. In my case, I used ...
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How can I convert an HTML site into an ebook?

I went nuts figuring this out. Developed mile long Xpath strings and what not. Then it turned out to be ridiculously simple. I am ignoring op systems in this answer... (a) for the conversion to epub ...
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

Here is a Python script I use to automate reducing the size of epub books: https://github.com/murrple-1/epub-shrink Example usage: $ python epub-shrink/app.py input_file.epub output_file.epub --jpeg-...
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How to change text alignment with Calibre book editor

You can use a CSS style to apply this formatting to all your text: body { text-align: left; } This rule will be applied to all your text, so it will affect both regular paragraphs (<p> and ...
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What happens if I have used 2 different fonts in mobi/epub and user changes the font in the devise?

There isn't much you can do, if the device allows to change the fonts and the user is willing to use that option, he will do it. If you use different fonts not just for aestethics, but with a ...
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What happens if I have used 2 different fonts in mobi/epub and user changes the font in the devise?

"As a publisher, it drives me crazy that a reader would switch fonts because of a personal preference" If they prefer it in another style I'm not sure why that would bother you. It would bother me ...
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Adding blurb/summary metadata to an ebook file

What you call a "blurb" has actually a long tradition in publishing, is, or should be, a presentation, a comment written by the publisher. In France they use a very nice word: "prière d'insérer" ...
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damaged kindle- change lines per page?

You can increase the value of the HORIZONTAL_MARGIN parameter in the reader.pref configuration file (in the system directory). You can find more details here or here.
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Upload & Read eBooks in Chrome (i.e. Maintain a Cloud Library)

Have you tried the Kindle Web Reader? Kindle supports MOBI and you can import personal documents into your Kindle Library via an email address that is attached to your Amazon/Kindle ID. You can ...
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How can I set my Kindle Paperwhite to ignore font color settings?

In the case you have bought pure ePub and later converted it to Mobi, you could delete the color attribute at all (Kindle will treat this with it’s built in color spec.). This needs unpacking of ePub, ...
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Convert fixed layout epub to fixed layout mobi

Since your question is very vague I will try to help and give you some pointers. I would recommend developing for the Kindle instead of trying to convert a fixed layout to a Mobi because you will get ...
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