Playing with MobiPocket Creator

To Glory:

  1. Find a story online to practice on.
  2. Discover that the HTML is horrible, and strip it down and massage code via perl scripts. This is almost always the case.
  3. Install CrossOver Mac because you have an Intel mac, and you really, really don’t want to open the work laptop.
  4. Create a Windows 2k “bottle” (simulated environment) on CrossOver to put software in. Cute.
  5. With CrossOver, install IE6 in the Win2k bottle. For some reason MobiPocket Creator needs it.
  6. Download MobiPocket Creator and install with CrossOver as “advanced” edition.
  7. Import HTML into the Creator a few times until you get it right.
  8. Discover that Stanza (Mac only) is way better than any MobiPocket previewer for your new Mobi file.
  9. Mess around with metadata and get the format for author name wrong for a while.
  10. Not that it mattered, since you didn’t realize you had to hit the Update button allll the way down a long scroll of page, not the convenient “save” button at top. Note to self: GUIs continue to be stupid.
  11. Several uploads over USB to Kindle later, you reach enlightenment.
  12. Search around the web for the key stroke that makes your Kindle take screenshots of itself (it’s Alt-Shift-G). Marvel at lack of feedback Kindle gives you to tell you if the screenshot even worked. And good thing you have an SD card in, since the screenshots will only save to the SD card.
  13. Connect Kindle via USB for the umpteenth time.
  14. Download screenshots.
  15. Post to blog via ScribeFire.

    Ta-da! Clicky for full size.

  16. Now you have to figure out ToC, multiple files (or just one gigantic HTML file?), guides, images, and such.

Notes on the Home content list screenshot:

  • Yes, I keep forgetting to delete my samples even after I buy the books (Dust in this case). It is possible to do so, but the Content Manager is slow, not easy to navigate, and I have a zillion books/samples on it now, so I keep putting it off….
  • For some reason Farthing‘s metadata doesn’t show Jo’s byline. That needs to be fixed before it goes into real publication, of course.
  • Flatland is from FeedBooks.
  • “Green” (by Jay Lake) is an upload via the Kindle email conversion service. Uploads that are converted (HTML for instance) stick your email in as the author. It’s one reason why I wanted to learn MobiPocket—so I could get the metadata right.

2 thoughts on “Playing with MobiPocket Creator

  1. Kindlegen (which is mobigen) is still there.

    I also don’t use eBookBase anyways, since DTP also accepts dirct Mobigen uploads, along with zip archives of HTML and images, although those have to be flattened, without subfolders.

    Under the covers, DTP is just mobigen/kindlegen.

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