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Conversion Woes
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:15:24 PM »
When I open an ePub that I got from the Overdrive library with Kindle Previewer, some characters are screwed up. Check the second paragraph here:



I can convert with Calibre, but then the enhanced typesetting is not available. Also, the cover is not displayed.

Anybody found a good solution to this?

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 10:16:40 PM »
What are you converting to? Mobi? You might want to try .AZW3 and otherwise you can right click to "edit the book" and pull out the "style sheets" and/or "fonts" or mess around with the configurations there. That might help.
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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 09:30:27 AM »
Yes, I convert to MOBI.

I tried converting to AZW3. SendToKindle doesn't work with that, and when I load that into the previewer, it says "No enhanced typesetting."

The three problems, in order of decreasing severity:

  • Screwed up chararacters (as seen above)
  • No enhanced typesetting
  • No cover image
The best I've been able to accomplish is to convert from ePub to ePub in Calibre 3 (yes, you read that right), then convert the resulting ePub to MOBI with the Kindle 3 previewer.

That solves problems 1 and 2, which are the most important.

I'm hoping someone has figured a way to solve all three problems.

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 10:50:09 AM »
You won't get enhanced typesetting or the bolding option functional on converted books. Both of those are really only features of Amazon sold/borrowed books as far as I can tell.

Wondering if the book is not available for Kindle through overdrive? I borrow library books on a nearly weekly basis and they all come through Amazon and everything works as expected. No conversion necessary.

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 02:18:22 PM »
Convert with calibre and sideload directly via usb.

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 08:56:25 AM »
You won't get enhanced typesetting or the bolding option functional on converted books. Both of those are really only features of Amazon sold/borrowed books as far as I can tell.

Wondering if the book is not available for Kindle through overdrive? I borrow library books on a nearly weekly basis and they all come through Amazon and everything works as expected. No conversion necessary.

Actually, I was able to get the bolding with the conversion strategy I mentioned above (for the book The Late Show). However, just tried the same procedure with Camino Island, and the conversion failed.

There are some advantages to downloading the ePub rather than the MOBI via Overdrive.
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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 09:47:18 AM »
Convert with calibre and sideload directly via usb.

Thanks.

Just tried that (converted to MOBI, then sideloaded via usb). There was no enhanced typesetting or bolding.

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 10:05:29 AM »
Okay, I've got a method that avoids problems 1 and 2, and worked on the ePub for Camino Island:

1. Download ePub
2. In Calibre, convert to AZW3
3. In Calibre, convert from AZW3 to ePub
4. Using the Kindle Previewer, convert the ePub to MOBI
5. Use SendToKindle to send the MOBI to my Oasis 2

That lets me do the bolding that my old eyes need.

Phew. Talk about Rube Goldberg! Hopefully, I can find a simpler method.
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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 08:26:50 AM »
I got some help in the Calibre forum.

I can just convert from ePub to MOBI, making sure that for the MOBI output options, MOBI file type is set to "both." That's all that's needed to solve problems 1 & 2.

Problem 3 can be solved by transferring the file using Calibre and an USB cable, but I prefer to use SendToKindle.

>You won't get enhanced typesetting or the bolding option functionality ...
I've learned that these are two separate things. With the above, I get the bolding but not the enhanced typesetting.

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 09:31:07 AM »

There are some advantages to downloading the ePub rather than the MOBI via Overdrive.


More power to you, then. I can't imagine any advantage that would be worth the hoops you're jumping through. :)  But, then, if you look up "lazy" in the dictionary, you might see a picture of me. ;)

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Re: Conversion Woes
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2018, 11:21:14 AM »
Thanks.

Just tried that (converted to MOBI, then sideloaded via usb). There was no enhanced typesetting or bolding.

I know I'm a day late and a dollar short, but I meant convert to azw and sideload by usb (or really by pressing the button in Calibre). I know the calibrites say to always use mobi, but I've been using azw exclusively for about a year and never had a problem.