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Kindle loaded with fic

The process for getting fic onto the Kindle turned out to be a little more involved than I'd expected - Kindle doesn't actually read HTML natively as advertised (boo!) - but it's not that hard (the tedious bit is saving the HTML files to my desktop and find-replacing any special characters, such as em dashes and curly quotes, which may have been garbled in the save; I'd have to do that anyway.)

I used calibre, an open source ebook manager, to batch convert the .htm/.html files to .mobi files which the kindle can read. (In the same program, I also batch updated the metadata so the correct author would appear, which was easy as I stuck to just a few authors for this test. Titles didn't need editing; calibre automatically uses the <title> tag or, failing that, the name of the .html file.)

The results are perfect: the fic looks just like any other ebook, both in the contents and on a page view level. Formatting (italics, h1, etc.) is preserved.

on 2010-07-16 04:23 am (UTC)
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Yay! Thanks for posting this, I have a Kindle too and have been wondering the best way to get fic on it (I've been emailing it to the Kindle but that costs 15 cents or whatever).

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