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creating your own mobi files? - sezo - 23 Apr 2011 11:51 PM

Hi everyone Smile

I was thinking about some of the stuff I have written on paper etc, and how it would be far easier to have it on the kindle around with me all the time. Rather than having a PDF file and a dodgy calibre conversion, or having to put the kindle on its side to read the PDF - is it possible to create a mobi file type so I can read it all clearly (with nice formatting etc) as though im reading a mobi file straight from amazon?

Just wondering
xx


RE: creating your own mobi files? - johnwin - 24 Apr 2011 07:11 AM

Calibre will create a MOBI file from many souces - including plain .txt file and .rtf file (rich text format)

http://calibre-ebook.com/

The user interface can be a bit complex but this software is a must for anyone with a kindle - just for the conversion and news fetching capabilities.

See this KUF post for a bit more info


RE: creating your own mobi files? - sezo - 24 Apr 2011 09:13 AM

(24 Apr 2011 07:11 AM)johnwin Wrote:  Calibre will create a MOBI file from many souces - including plain .txt file and .rtf file (rich text format)

http://calibre-ebook.com/

The user interface can be a bit complex but this software is a must for anyone with a kindle - just for the conversion and news fetching capabilities.

See this KUF post for a bit more info

Thanks for the reply Smile

Yeah I do have calibre so thats always useful, alhtough I'm hopeless at knowing how to work it other than directly converting pdfs, and even then that can be a bit hit and miss.

Just worked out how to do the newsfeed thing and it works a dream! Got my nursing times and the news stuff all in one go! Brilliant stuff!
Is there an idiots guide to what calibre can do, especially with helping the conversion be a bit more tidier?


ETA - ive found these links useful..
http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/beginners-guide-to-calibre/
http://www.teleread.com/drm/the-abcs-of-format-conversion-for-the-kindle-sony-and-nook-plus-some-calibre-tips/
and calibre specific subforums on MobileRead forum
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=166


RE: creating your own mobi files? - johnwin - 24 Apr 2011 10:59 AM

Sezo,

This might help?

http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/21/videos/video-tutorial-how-to-use-calibre-e-book-manager.html


RE: creating your own mobi files? - KenIsaacson - 24 Apr 2011 12:10 PM

Sezo,

Are you seeking simply to be able to read your own file on your Kindle (as opposed to uploading it to the Kindle store for others to purchase)? If so, you can transfer Microsoft Word documents to your Kindle simply. See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search__1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200493090&qid=1303646910&sr=1-1 .

Hope this helps.


RE: creating your own mobi files? - sezo - 24 Apr 2011 01:10 PM

i meant how to get things like word.docs to be readable on the kindle..... the world is not ready for any rubbish that I manage to create to be published into the wider Kindle community LOL. I wont make anyone suffer that!!

Thank you all for your help!


RE: creating your own mobi files? - Phil - 24 Apr 2011 01:32 PM

You can send the file to Amazon to convert, see the section "Sending Personal Documents to Kindle" in the link posted by KenIsaacson above

If you want to just do it yourself the the easiest way is with Calibre.

I've just tried it with a doc files and Calibre doesn't like it on a Mac, it may be different if your using windows. the best way is probably to open the word file in word and save a copy in RTF format. then drag the rtf file into calibre

Once the file is in calibre, select the file and click on the convert books button.
On the right hand side of the window set the output format to mobi and click ok.
The file should be converted, when it completes you can send it directly to the kindle from inside of calibre if your kindle is connected.


RE: creating your own mobi files? - KenIsaacson - 24 Apr 2011 02:10 PM

(24 Apr 2011 01:10 PM)sezo Wrote:  i meant how to get things like word.docs to be readable on the kindle..... the world is not ready for any rubbish that I manage to create to be published into the wider Kindle community LOL. I wont make anyone suffer that!!

Thank you all for your help!

In that case, Seto, try the link I mentioned. Find the place on the page called "Sending Personal Documents to Kindle." It's a simple process.

Hope this helps.

Ken