And here we go with the second part of converting your book manuscript into a .mobi file. “.Mobi” is the suffix used by Mobipocket files. Fancy that. And you can easily make them with Mobipocket Creator. It’s another free download. This tutorial uses Version 4.2, Build 41, which is probably pretty old by now, but I don’t use the program that much myself, preferring the method I discussed in the previous post. This program, at least for me, is much better at converting Adobe PDFs (blech) to mobi files than Calibre is, considering all the variables that aren’t always apparent to someone with a PDF.
Step 1: You’ll want to start Mobipocket Creator and then import your Existing File, usually a Word document. Obviously, you can use any of the formats listed on the main page.
This brings up the Import File Wizards. “Choose a File” is where you select the file for conversion. Everything else is set automatically from chosen options when you install the program.
After that’s done, you’ll see the following screen:
This is pretty self-explanatory:
- Publication Files: The files being used right now.
- Cover Image: Here’s where you can add a cover to your book, if you don’t already have one in the book file itself.
- Table of Contents: This can generate a ToC for you, though as with most, I prefer to do mine by hand.
- Book Settings: You’re not usually going to do much with this – this is for language, etc.
- Metadata: A VERY useful option, as you can change and add the metadata of your book, include descriptions, reviews, etc.
- Guide: Allows you to change a set of variables; like the title that shows up in menu of the e-reader, where the book starts when first opened, etc. Another useful tool.
After you’ve changed everything you’ve wanted to change, you’re going to click “Build”. I always choose “Standard Compression” and “No Encryption” for my stuff, but it’s nice to know those options are there if ever needed…The creation process is very quick. Then you’ll see this screen:
You’ll notice that the “warning” is exactly the same as the warning noted in the previous post. (I did not specify a cover in this example, either.) So you’re working with the same basic software in both. Which is logical, since they ARE the same exact types of files.
After writing this, I may try the Mobipocket Creator route a bit more often myself, since I’d forgotten some of the neat options it has for metadata editing and control.
Well, hope that was helpful to some of you. Next week, we’re looking at the nuts-and-bolts of everyone’s favorite e-reader cataloging program, Calibre!
Okay, no self-promotion on Fridays (hell, I try not to do a lot of self-promotion anyway), so here’s three e-books that I like and think deserve a look-see from, well, anybody who likes to read! So, in no particular order…
A great story about relationships. Highly recommended!
A romance novel that’s both funny and extremely well-written.
C’mon! It’s the Pish-Man! On a farm! What more do you need to know?