Can Everton Jones find out how his father stole Emperor Bokassa’s diamonds and, more importantly, where he hid them; before the world and his brother get there first?
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

How to convert an e-pub to Kindle using kindlegen

This series of blogposts has covered everything you need to know about to make an e-pub 2.0 e-book using Sigil and then convert it to kindle. I think some sort of overview is in order, as well as the crucial instructions for actually making the kindle file from the e-pub which, I now realise have not yet been published.

I am finally looking at the new kindle and e-pub formats, and will post when I have got my head around them. I will need more of the newer e-readers and some more antique models to check how this can all be done and how backward compatibility works out in practice. On the surface of it, it seems to me that there are some promising new possibilities, and some features I wanted which will remain impossible.


I think you will want an e-pub which works on all e-readers (including older epub 2.0 e-readers) and also a kindle version. You will end up with TWO e-books, an epub 2.0 e-book and a kindle e-book. However I think both should look and feel the same, as far as possible.

Maybe I should also say that these posts cover making an epub 2.0 ebook, which will work on all e-pub e-readers and a kindle e-book which works with the older kindle e-readers. Any new features in e-pub 3.0 or kindle format 8 will NOT be backwards-compatible, which is to say that an e-pub 3.0 e-book won’t work on an e-pub 2.0 e-reader and a kindle format 8 e-book won’t work on older kindles either. The methods I have described produce a perfectly acceptable e-book, and one which is formatted according to the best practice of the print book industry, adapted to take account of the e-book format and which work on all e-pub and kindle readers in existence. It is a conservative strategy, and misses out on some of the bells and whistles becoming available in the newer formats, but it will produce an e-book which can be marketed the most widely.

As I have said, you want a kindle and an e-pub which look and feel the same. And the problem at the heart of all of this is the Kindle, which will not accept certain CSS and html and will not support certain characters. So make your e-pub using CSS, html and characters which will also work on a kindle and your task is made that much simpler. See my post on CSS which works with kindle for the information about the difficulties I have identified and ways to get around them.

Amazon provide a program, called Kindlegen, which will make a kindle e-book. It uses an e-pub file as the source and chucks out a file in a format called mobipocket (with the extension .mobi). When you upload this file to the kindlestore, it is then converted to their .azw file format complete with copy protection if you want it. Both .mobi and .azw files can be loaded onto a kindle. This post covers how to do this:

 
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