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Alan Macy

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Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 4:14 PM
 
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I've emailed mobi files to my kindles hundreds of times.

Today, I created a mobi file for my new book by uploading the .epub to KDP, then downloading the preview file. When I emailed that preview to my devices, it never got there. When I used SendToKindle, it was uploaded fine.

Anyone seen that?

Thanks,

Al
Notjohn

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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 2:29 AM   in response to: Alan Macy in response to: Alan Macy
 
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If you are doing this to preview your book, be aware that the old mail-to system only forwards a Mobi 7 file. You won't know how the book renders in KF8 as used in most Kindles, Fire tablets, and apps today.

Instead, side-load the downloaded, so-called "mobi" (it actually contains both formats) from Step 7 in the publishing process.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Alan Macy

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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 6:17 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Hi, NotJohn,

I am using it to preview in this case, but in the future I want to supply the mobi file to several people (reviewers, for example), and have them be free to get it to their devices any way they want to.

Now, I can also create the MOBI file completely on my machine, using Kindlegen, and that one emails fine. It's also twice as large. I'm guessing that I'm going to have to supply that to reviewers, etc.

Thanks,

Al
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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 12:35 PM   in response to: Alan Macy in response to: Alan Macy
 
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do not email mobi files to your kindle, that's just for pdf files. if you already have mobi drag and drop it into your kindle while it is in thumb drive mode.
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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 12:56 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn,

Can you explain how that's done? I've read advice to do that many times, but I haven't been able to figure that out. Directions would be appreciated! Thanks!
Notjohn

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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 1:42 PM   in response to: Rebecca Engel in response to: Rebecca Engel
 
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Side-load?

You download the "mobi" file at Step 7 in the publishing process. You can preview this in the (downloaded) Kindle Previewer. You can also connect your Kindle device through a USB cord (or wirelessly) to your computer, so it is just another drive on the computer. Using Windows Explorer or some other file-managing software, you go to the folder where your downloads are stored (probably called Downloads) and "drag and drop" it to the Kindle.

Alas, there may be many folders on your Kindle or tablet, so you must know what folder that your books reside in. On my Fire HD for example, I regret to say they are found in the folder /mnt/sdcard/books

I use a little app (I think I paid 99 cents for it) called Dooblou WiFi File Explorer. It connects right up and volunteers to download files from my computer. (I see the Fire tablet in a window of my Google Chrome browser.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Rebecca Engel

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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 14, 2015 9:06 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thanks for the info!
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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 14, 2015 9:26 AM   in response to: William Griffin in response to: William Griffin
 
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do not email mobi files to your kindle, that's just for pdf files.

Huh? It's always worked fine for me. I did get a bit lost when they stopped putting the books in the 'Books' folder and instead started putting them in the 'Docs' folder, but once I located them everything has been fine.

I create my mobi files from epubs using the freeware program Calibre.
Notjohn

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Re: Trouble eMailing MOBI to my Kindle Devices
Posted: Mar 14, 2015 10:05 AM   in response to: scribblr in response to: scribblr
 
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When you email, you get only a Mobi 7 version of your book. You can't judge how it will look to a purchaser using a Fire tablet or indeed any modern Kindle.

That is, it works, but it's not a useful way to preview.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Formatting Your E-book for Sale on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else)

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