Hi y'all. Couple questions for anyone who can answer...
I have a zip file for a book that I've uploaded a number of times but whenever I've then downloaded the preview version of the book to my Kindle for PC, there have been weird formatting issues (blank white bars over the text and so on)... I've gone back into the original files and fixed all formatting errors. Please don't just tell me to do that, because trust me, it's been done... the final web-filtered page is spotless, a place for everything and everything in its place.
Now, I've taken the same zip file and ran it through a Calibre conversion to a MOBI file. And this conversion is flawless: comes up on the Kindle for PC beautifully, no issues.
So: can I simply upload a completed MOBI file to Amazon? Will that work?
If you're happy with the mobi file out of Calibre, by all means use it. I wouldn't recommend Calibre as a production tool, for a number of reasons that I won't go into here, but if you've tested the file to your satisfaction using as many previewing options as you have available, then it's as good as if you tested it to the same level of satisfaction but produced it with another tool.
However, there is certainly something wrong with the source file as uploaded to KDP. If there weren't, you wouldn't get those results. But as long as you're happy with the mobi file you have now, that's really neither here nor there.
And when you upload it, page through it on the online Preview. EVERY PAGE.
Note that opening a file in your web browser is good to look for typographical errors and to check out the hotlinks if any, but is not a particularly good preview of what the book will look like on a Kindle. To a lesser extent, the same is true of the app Kindle for PC, by far the weakest of Kindle apps.
However, there is certainly something wrong with the
source file as uploaded to KDP. If there weren't, you
wouldn't get those results. But as long as you're
happy with the mobi file you have now, that's really
neither here nor there.
So, does that mean that there are HTML coding errors? I've taken the original Word .docx document, saved it as a Word 97 .doc, save that as a filtered Web page, then zipped it along with the file folder for the cover and interior graphics (including the cover, there's only 2 graphics, so, not huge)...
Perhaps I've been hasty in assuming the file is not corrupt in some way. How do I go about finding that out?
Hi, jtbigtoad... I think I get what you're saying here, but would just like to take a few moments to clarify your language?
My experience with a Calibre Generated MOBI file
Uploaded to the KDP will Be the EGG-ZACT same thing
in a Kindle book!
So, what I'm hearing here is that you have created good MOBI files with Calibre, that uploaded to KDP fine, with everything where you wanted it and how you wanted it?
I go the steps farther to buid the MOBI TOC and add
the MOBI Cover the result is a
By this I think you mean that there are two of each thing (TOC and cover) in the Calibre-generated MOBI file, yes? I have noticed the cover issue (and don't find it to be all that much of an issue, actually) and have also noticed that the KDP uploaded version does not recognize the in-the-book version of the TOC, but seems to generate its own NCX version. Either way, I'm happy: more ways to get around inside the book, right?
If yu have a kindle it is ALWAYS a good idea to sent
it to the @kindle.com conversion and view it there
(0n your kindle)
Yeah, I think I'll have to be getting one. For sure. Well, I've a birthday coming up, so maybe then! haha
Also give it a good hard look on the Online Preview
in the KDP Bookshelf!